Marcus Lewis, Adam Larson, David Hawkins, Eric Hitt, Live Jazz, Saturday August 21, 2021 7:00pm & 9:00pm Shows

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$5.00 credit towards final bill for College Students, must show student I.D. when you arrive

7:00pm Show  | 65-75 minute performance | Doors open at 6:00pm |

$15.00 tickets (due to limited seating to create social distancing)

Beverage and Food service available (2 beverage minimum)

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9:00pm Show | 65-75 minute performance | Doors open at 8:30pm |

*$15.00 tickets (due to limited seating to create social distancing)

Beverage and Snack menu available (2 beverage minimum)

No Valet

Discount parking located on 12th st and Capitol under Marriott Parking garage (get validation ticket at Jewell as you leave)

A $5.00 credit will be applied to the students bill (towards music, food & beverages), students must show I.D.

 

Marcus Lewis – Trombone

Marcus holds a BM in jazz performance from Valdosta State

University and MM in trombone performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Marcus currently lives in Kansas City, MO, where he leads his own quintet, 18-piece Big Band and counties to tour all over the world.  Marcus is on the adjunct jazz faculty at UMKC.

Marcus released his debut CD in 2012 entitled “Facing East” which features a world class line-up including Logan Richardson on Alto Sax, Adam Larson on Tenor Sax, Pablo Masis on Trumpet, Andrea Lewis on Vocals, Sam Harris on Piano, Aidan Carroll on Bass, and Tommy Crane on Drums. The album was featured in Vogue Magazine as being one the top Janelle Monae’s 2012 Summer Playlist. Marcus Lewis is currently working on music for a new CD to be released in the fall of 2018. Marcus Lewis is the Artistic Director of Future Jazz, a nonprofit dedicated to Jazz Education.

Marcus has performed at venues that include the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Klaipeda Jazz Festival in 2003, and the Jimmy Carter Summer Concert Series in 2008. As a sideman, he has also performed at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, the 2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest, the 2011 Glastonbury Festival, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Concert and the 2012 North Sea Jazz Festival, the Sydney Opera House, and for President Barack Obama at the White House in 2011 and 2012. Television shows include SNL, David Letterman, The Today Show, Jools Holland, Arsenio Hall, and American Idol. Marcus was awarded the 2008 Betty Carter Jazz Residency and the 2003 Outstanding Soloist award at the Wichita Jazz Festival.

Some notable artists that Marcus has performed and/or recorded with are Aretha Franklin, Prince, Janelle Monáe, Bruno Mars, B.o.B, Jidenna, Musiqsoulchild, Avery Sunshine, The Barkays, Confunkshun, and Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players. In addition to an active touring and recording schedule, Marcus stays busy writing, arranging, teaching and leading clinics and master-classes worldwide. More information regarding Marcus can be found at http://marcuslewis.net/

Adam Larson – Tenor Saxophone

Originally from Normal, IL, Adam Larson is an American saxophonist, composer and author. An endorsed artist for P. Mauriat saxophones and Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces and ligatures, Adam began playing saxophone at the age of 11.

Described by critic Howard Reich of The Chicago-Tribune as “a player for whom the word ‘prodigious’ was coined”, by Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen as “a saxophonist who brings Donny McCaslin and Mark Turner to mind”, and by Nate Chinen of The New York Times as “the sort of jazz musician who gets flagged early on as a promising talent and then hustles to meet every requirement for success”, Larson has garnered numerous awards that distinguish him as one of the most promising artists of his generation. As a student, Larson was a member of virtually every national program dedicated to showcasing excellence in young jazz talent including The Grammy Band, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Betty Carter Jazz Ahead, YoungArts Jazz Fellows, Telluride Student All-Stars, Jazz Band of America among others. Upon graduating high school in 2008, Adam moved to New York City to pursue his BM and MM in Jazz Performance on full-scholarship from The Manhattan School, where he graduated with honors as a Master’s student as the recipient of the William H. Borden Award for Outstanding performance in Jazz in 2014.

Larson has released four albums; two under the Inner Circle Music label and two produced independently. Larson’s most recent recording “Second City”received a four-star rating from Downbeat magazine, was listed as one of the best releases of 2017 in both Downbeat and Jazziz Magazine, and was prominently featured in several publications. Larson keeps an active schedule with his own groups and as a sideman, having performed at several venues across the U.S. including The Jazz Standard, Birdland, The 55 Bar, The Jazz Gallery, The Blue Note, The Village Vanguard, Smalls, Jazz at The Bistro, The Jazz Estate, The Jazz Showcase, and several others.

Adam has been a part of several tours that have allowed him to see more of the world than he once thought possible. He was a guest artist at the 2017 Sopot Jazz Festival in Sopot, Poland and has toured India,Taiwan, Holland, and Germany as well much of the United States. In 2015 Larson’s quartet was selected as one of ten ensembles to tour on behalf of the U.S. State Department’s “American Music Abroad” program and toured Africa for 35 days visiting The Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Benin and Ghana.

Beyond maintaining an active touring and recording schedule, Larson continues to be a sought after clinician and master class presenter at several high schools and Universities across the Midwest and beyond, including appearances at HKU Conservatory-Utrecht, University of Iowa, Drake University, University of Northern Iowa, Temple University, Yale, Manhattan School of Music, and University of North Texas among many others.

Adam is the author of a jazz etude book entitled “Leaps & Sounds: 12 Contemporary Etudes for Jazz Saxophone”, that has been sold in over 30 countries and States. He maintains an impressive portfolio of commissioned ensemble writing for school jazz ensembles, having written more than thirty original works to date. Adam was commissioned by the Illinois Music Educators Association to compose the All-State composition for the 2020 convention. Larson is a Teaching Artist for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Let Freedom Swing” program, The New York Pops Ed education programs, and has a diverse private lesson studio of Skype students from the U.S. and abroad.

With a vested interest in giving back, Larson has also worked in various capacities with organizations that showcase exceptional young talent in the United States. Adam has served as a mentor for the Grammy Foundation and as an adjudicator for the YoungArts organization. Serving in the role of creative director of the YoungArts New York regional show, Larson has presented multiple genre-bending, interdisciplinary performances held at the Baryshhnikov Arts Center in New York City. Larson currently resides in New York with his beautiful wife, Tierney and son, Jack.

David Hawkins – Drums

David Hawkins is a young, up and coming drummer, originally from Omaha, Nebraska. He began seriously pursuing music through the study of jazz, which in turn, has led him to tour, record and perform with a variety of different artists across many genres of music.  Recently on tour with the VOICE finalist Nicholas David and of course several performances with Sebastian Lane, Mitch Towne, Jocelyn, Andrew Bailie and many many more.  He’s worth checking him out live!!

Eric Hitt- Acoustic Bass

Eric Hitt is a multi-faceted, award-winning bassist who has received international acclaim. Equally adept at the upright and electric bass, his unique musical voice has found him collaborating with musicians ranging from local legends to world-renowned artists including Ryan Kisor, Jeff Hamilton, John Beasley, and many more.

Eric’s accomplishments include earning a spot in the semi-finals of the 2021 ISB Jazz Competition, ultimately receiving an honorable mention. Eric was selected as a bassist for the prestigious Jazz Aspen Snowmass Academy in 2020 and also won an Outstanding Performance award in the Graduate College Jazz Soloist category in the 44th annual DownBeat SMAs. His playing has been heard on Amazon Music’s “The Pocket” and “Laid Back Jazz” playlists as a featured soloist on Nick Finzer’s “Patience, Patience”.

Eric had the privilege of being the bassist and rhythm section leader for the seven-time GRAMMY-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas, where he performed with guest artists including Melissa Aldana, Kirk Whalum, and Kenny Werner.

Eric is currently located in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, and has performed and recorded across the United States at Capitol Records, the Blue Room, the Meyerson Symphony Center, and more.

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