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Jazz violinist, quartet here Nov. 13 October 26, 2010

Posted by eng112f09 in Jazz, Upcoming concerts.

Sara Caswell

Jazz violinist Sara Caswell, right, brings her quartet to Midland Nov. 13 for the 11th annual Grove Festival jazz concert. The music starts at 8 p.m. in Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church.

Ike Sturm, music director of the jazz ministry at the “Jazz Church,” St. Peter’s in Manhattan, is bassist in the quartet, which also includes pianist Paul Johnston and drummer Jared Schonig. Tickets are $10 at the door, $5 for students.

While in town the quartet will also work with Midland string students the evening of Nov. 12 and with the Dow High School Jazz Band the morning of the concert.

In addition to leading her own quartet, Caswell is co-leader of the Caswell Sisters Quintet with her sister vocalist Rachel Caswell.

Classically trained, Sara Caswell earned degrees from Indiana University, where she was a student of Josef Gingold, and Manhattan School of Music, where she studied jazz with David Baker.

She has appeared as a soloist with the New York Pops,in Carnegie Hall and on national TV. She is part of the Randy Newman Project, led by vocalist Roseanna Vitro and pianist Mark Soskin.

She tours with violinist Mark O’Connor as a member of his American String Celebration, has toured with violinist Darol Anger’s Four Generations of Jazz Violin, and has performed or recorded with Gene Bertoncini, Charlie Byrd, Skitch Henderson, Bucky Pizzarelli, Lynne Arriale, and John Clayton.

Ike Sturm is a bassist, composer and bandleader in New York. In addition to serving as music director, he was commissioned by Saint Peter’s Church to compose a Jazz Mass for choir, strings and jazz septet. The studio recording was released in 2009.

The son of composer and arranger Fred Sturm, Ike Sturm has performed with Gene Bertoncini, Donny McCaslin, Bobby McFerrin, Ben Monder, Ingrid Jensen, Maria Schneider and Kenny Wheeler and has played on four Downbeat award-winning recordings as well as recordings with Steve Reich. He plays regularly with bands in New York.

Ike Sturm studied jazz and classical bass and composition while earning degrees at the Eastman School of Music and also studied with bassist Dave Holland.

Paul Johnston is active as pianist, teacher, and composer.  He has performed with Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Nancy Wilson, Monica Mancini, and Bernadette Peters.  

A native of Pittsburgh, he studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Indiana University, where he completed a master’s in jazz studies and a diploma in piano.  Johnston is on the faculty at Eastern Illinois University.

Jared Schonig earned a bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and won a number of Downbeat student awards.

Now living in Brooklyn, he plays on and off Broadway and has performed and/or recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Fred Hersch, Wycliffe Gordon, Dave Liebman, Charles Pillow, Bob Brookmeyer, Rudy Linka, Peter Eldridge, and the Grammy-award-winning vocal jazz group The New York Voices.

He is co-founder of “The Wee Trio,” a collaborative project with vibraphonist James Westfall and bassist Dan Loomis.



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