Once again, Friends of Music presents their popular Summer Sizzler Series on four Sundays over the summer.
The first concert of the series will be on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at 2 p.m. in the Church, featuring the Larry Redhouse Trio with special guest Tony Redhouse. Join us for a Sunday afternoon of hot jazz, Latin, fusion, funk, and reggae. Enjoy original compositions and hip interpretations of classic jazz standards by Larry Redhouse on piano and keyboards, with special guest — world percussionist Tony Redhouse — and two of Tucson’s finest musicians, Robin Horn on drums and Evan Dain on bass.
Concerts continue on Sundays July 10 at 3 p.m. (this concert only) (Mariachi Luz de Luna presenting authentic mariachi music), August 21 at 2 p.m. (Tucson Latin Jazz Nonet presenting Afro-Cuban-Caribbean flavored jazz, with co-directors Amilcar Guevara and Homero Cerón), and September 18 at 2 p.m. (Jason Carder Trio with Jeff Haskell on piano and Brice Winston on saxophone presenting jazz standards).
The suggested concert admission is $20 per person. The mission of Friends of Music is to enrich the musical experience of the parish and community through events such as concerts, outreach, education, scholarships, commissions, and support of special musical events.
St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under our solar parking structure on the east side. For more information see www.friendsofmusictucson.org or call (520) 222-7277.
ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The Larry Redhouse Trio has been a featured group at the Grenoble Jazz Festival, have played at concerts featuring such jazz greats as pianist Chick Corea, trumpeter Terence Blanchard. and saxophonist Donald Harrison. The Trio has performed in Washington, D.C., at The Kennedy Center’s famed Jazz Club to wonderful reviews as well other local and national venues.
“Listening to Larry Redhouse play is like hearing all the great keyboard players of fusion jazz’s primal infancy — Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Jan Hammer, Joe Zawinul and Keith Jarrett — swallowed alive, re-emerging through a single pair of hands … Likewise this trio interprets and reinvents classic fare with the perfect mix of virtuosic firepower, coloristic taste and a dancer’s graceful sense of shifting momentum.” (Daniel Buckley, Tucson Citizen music critic.)
Josh Young of the Tucson Jazz Society says of the Trio: “Fresh ideas are improvised with virtuoso technique — some with introspection, others foot-stomping hot, Soul satisfying music.”
Larry Redhouse is an accomplished keyboard artist. He is the youngest of six siblings, all of whom are exceptional musicians. He has been playing jazz piano for over 30 years. His recordings have been finalists for Independent Music Awards and Native American Music Awards. In addition to the Trio, Larry also regularly performs with the Redhouse Family Jazz Band. Known as Arizona’s American Indian First Family of Jazz, the Redhouse Family Jazz Band and Dancers consist of four brothers and two sisters capable of a panoply of performances as musicians, composers, vocalists, flutists, and dancers. They have been featured at the Smithsonian Native American Museum in Washington, D.C.
Larry’s sound has evolved into a modern sound of mature, original jazz innovation, with an edge of raw creative energy. He utilizes the timeless format of the acoustic piano. Then, with a slight twist, from his arsenal of electronic keyboards, he adds colorfully natural synth sounds, giving the compositions added depth.
As a featured performer at the Grenoble Jazz Festival, Le Dauphine Libéré said: “To begin with Larry Redhouse. For his first concert in Europe, the Navajo Indian pianist enchanted with his prodigious fingering technique and his great virtuosity. The style of the American is indefinable. Influenced by funk music, rock, and the Indian culture, he created an original music. Everyone could recognize the airs of great standards among the improvisations.”
Tony Redhouse (Navajo) is an accomplished World-Beat percussionist. During Tony’s youth, he was exposed to Afro-Cuban, Latin Rock, and urban soul style drumming in the San Francisco Bay Area, and continued to pursue other African based rhythms which he later fused with Jazz. This fusion of ethnic musical sties during his youth has created the potent multi-cultural drumming that has become his signature style.
Tony combines his ethnic style percussion with Native American flutists and musicians during concerts and in the recording studio, to create a colorful blend of musical textures. The power of the drum to unite all people is expressed by Tony as he weaves the sounds of indigenous instruments and rhythms to his contemporary style of drumming. During his solo performances, Tony plays Native Flute and percussion instruments from around the world. As a musician, dancer, and artist, Tony promotes the arts as a vehicle to bring the message of balance and harmony.
A Navajo hoop dancer from his youth, Tony resonated with the pulse of the Navajo drum, which also served as a reference point for his interest in other indigenous drums later on. “In my music, I utilize indigenous instruments from around the world with their own unique colors and rhythms to create harmonious offerings to the four winds of the universe.”
Mr. Redhouse has performed and recorded with Salsa Orchestras, Jazz-Fusion, Folk Rock, Middle- Eastern Chant, New Age, Flamenco, Funk, Soul, and Traditional Native American Groups. He has recorded with his siblings, the Redhouse Family Jazz Band, on the Canyon Records label CD titled “Urban Indian.” Tony can also be heard on other CDs with Native artists Darryl Tonemah on the “Ghosts of St. Augustine,” and with Robert Tree Cody on “Maze” and “Native Flamenco,” the latter of which fuses fiery Latin percussion with traditional flamenco guitar and Native American flute. Tony is currently working on several solo CD projects, and plays as a guest percussionist with such groups as Maruma (Rock) and The CPR Orchestra, a high energy Latin/Salsa group.
Robin Horn has made an international reputation as performer, studio drummer, composer, arranger, producer, and educator. He has worked such artists as Linda Ronstadt, Aaron Neville, and Joe Sample. Robin has released two solo CDs and also appears on Larry Redhouse’s album Spirit Progression. As an educator, Robin has been an Artist-In-Residence at the University of Arizona from 1994 to the present.
Evan Dain is a San Francisco Bay area native who began playing bass professionally in Northern California followed by a stay in New Orleans where he performed and toured with Banu Gibson, Hal Smith, and John Gil. Since moving to Tucson in 1996, Evan has worked prolifically as a performer, arranger and producer and as a member of the popular gypsy jazz band, Hot Club of Tucson.