Summer Sizzlers Concert: Jason Carder Trio Plays Our Favorites

jason-carder-smallerSt. Philip’s In The Hills Friends of Music will present the final concert of its popular Summer Sizzler Series on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Church.  Jason Carder Trio, composed of three charismatic musicians—Jason Carder, Jeff Haskell, and Brice Winston—all with international reputations, will perform a concert of jazz standards.

As from their recent album release, Enough Said, Jason Carder Trio will perform songs drawn from both beautiful melodies and common hymns which together create a unique window into our nation’s musical history.  They span the period from the 1500s to 1967, and most have a link to the American South.  With touring demands of each performer prohibiting a regular local performing schedule, this is a must-see opportunity.

jeff-haskell2The 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 or call (520) 222-7277.


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Trumpeter Jason Carder’s dynamic personality and nimble talent allow him to move fluidly from intimate jazz clubs to concert stages before audiences of thousands. As Yanni’s solo trumpeter since 2008, Carder has performed all over the world as well as recorded four live DVDs: Yanni Voices Live at the Forum at Mundo Imperial, Yanni Live at El Morro, Yanni World With Borders and Dream Concert at the Pyramids of Giza.

Jason has toured with a diverse lineup of artists since 1989 including Ray Charles, Arturo Sandoval, the Jaco Pastorius (Word of Mouth) Big Band, Woody Herman Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra Jr., K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Dr John, the Original Wildcat Jass Band and the Denver based H2 Big band.

Carder has also contributed his talent to more than one hundred CDs. His most recent is the Latin Grammy winner for best instrumental album Mamblue by Dr. Ed Calle (2015). Other notable albums are Sky Blue by Maria Schneider which was nominated for two Grammy Awards, Arturo Sandoval’s Rumba Palace, Americana, and the Grammy Award-winning Hot House. Jason released his debut CD Coming Home on the New Vintage record label in 2011 and has continued his collaboration with Jeff Haskell by releasing his latest effort, Enough Said in 2014.

Jason grew up in Arizona and studied music at Interlochen Arts Academy and University of Miami, with adjunct positions at Mannes School of Music and Florida International University.  Jason is currently an instructor in Jazz Studies at the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona and the Tucson Jazz Institute.

When pianist/arranger/conductor Jeff Haskell sits down at the piano, something inventive and inspired happens. The word eclectic doesn’t even begin to describe his amazing musical dexterity.

Haskell’s professional credentials are as varied and vast as his musical talent. He began his jazz career as a scat-singing boy soprano in Philadelphia. At age 12, he sang and played saxophone professionally, adding the organ a year later. Soon thereafter, Haskell immersed himself in jazz studies with pianist Ray Smythe and organist Jackie Davis, and at age 16, was jamming with saxophonist Lew Tabackin.

The first winner of the first American Collegiate jazz festival (Villanova), Haskell soon went on to play in Europe with flute great Jeremy Steig and trumpet legend Chet Baker. Haskell has won three Los Angeles Emmy Awards for his work on the much celebrated children’s TV program, “Dusty’s Treehouse”, and critics praised his theme and underscore for the “IT Show” for ABC, for which he received a Los Angeles Emmy nomination. Some of his recent Hollywood music includes arrangements on two Linda Ronstadt albums, cues for “Dudley Do-Right” and “Fight Club”. Locally, you can hear his work every half-hour in the 4-note station ID for KUAT-TV.

“Pastiche Americana”, a composition written for chorus and orchestra, was performed by The Little Orchestra in Lincoln Center. His “Concerto for Jazz Band and Orchestra” debuted with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. And he conducted the world premiere of Billy Taylor’s suite for jazz trio and big band, “Fiesta In Tucson”. He may be the only person ever hired by the Tucson Symphony in the roles of pianist/conductor, arranger/orchestrator, and vocalist (tenor).

A veteran of hundreds of “jingles”, he has orchestrated an album for UP WITH PEOPLE!, has recorded a legendary synthesizer album for Capitol Records, and has served as music director, arranger and conductor for country music legend Buck Owens, with whom he recently completed an album with the Bakersfield Symphony.

Haskell received a B.A. in Music Education from West Chester University (PA) and a Masters in Theory from the University of Arizona. While studying for a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Arizona, he served as the second Director of the Tucson Boys Chorus, which continues to perform extensively in the U.S. and abroad. He recently retired as a professor of music at the University of Arizona, although he has not retired from gigs, writing assignments, and studio dates.

Brice Winston is an American born saxophonist and composer currently living in Tucson, AZ. After attending school at the University of New Orleans, he initially stepped out with trumpeter Nicholas Payton before joining forces with Grammy Award winning trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard. Brice’s 16-year residency in New Orleans and his association with Blanchard  has afforded him the opportunity to record and/or perform with some of the greatest musicians in jazz, including Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Ellis Marsalis, Lionel Loueke, Robert Glasper, Aaron Parks, Marcus Miller, Dizzie Gillespie, Branford Marsalis, Nneena Freelon, Dianne Reeves, Brian Blade, Patty Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mark Whitfield, Mark Turner, and Eric Harland, among others. Brice appears as a composer and a performer on numerous Blanchard film scores and CD releases, including his latest effort, Magnetic.

Brice is also one of the co-owners of the Tucson Jazz Institute (TJI) Community Music School in Tucson, AZ. TJI focuses primarily on teaching jazz to middle and high school students in and around southern Arizona. TJI’s ensembles have earned national and international recognition, with its Ellington Band winning the Essentially Ellington competition in New York at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and earning the top high school jazz band title from Downbeat Magazine.

Brice has spent a considerable amount of time on education, appearing as a guest clinician for such prestigious programs as the Thelonious Monk Institute for jazz and the Henry Mancini Institute for jazz, in addition to appearing as a guest artist and clinician at various universities and colleges.


Friends of Music Summer Concert: Jason Carder Jazz Trio

Friends of Music again presents their popular summer concert series of four concerts, kicking off with the Jason Carder Jazz Trio on Sunday, June 22, at 2 p.m. in the Church. Composed of three charismatic musicians — Jason Carder, Jeff Haskell, and Brice Winston — who have international reputations for their versatility, this trio offers a traditional but inventive approach to the American Songbook and Gospel Standards.   Jeff Haskell on keyboard is the harmonic engine behind the group. Brice Winston on saxophone and Jason Carder on trumpet both have their own unique styles of jazz, blues, and pop music. Each of these musicians has a distinguished history of recording and performing throughout the world. The trio format gives the three musicians unencumbered freedom to explore different textural devices and rhythmic avenues. This is a must-see group which, due to the touring demands of each, does not have the opportunity to perform in Tucson on a regular basis. Listen to them here.

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Concerts continue through September 7. For more information click here.

The suggested concert admission is $20 per person, or whatever can be afforded. Friends of Music provides support to the music program at St. Philip’s, through sponsoring concerts, special musical events, commissions, scholarships, and community outreach programs.