Giant Ledge Production Co. has announced a diverse lineup of jazz artists slated to perform in its summer pop-up gallery at 17 Frost Street.
From July 23 to August 5, Giant Ledge will feature some of New York’s top jazz talent, including Micah Thomas, Jeremy Dutton, Dave Adewumi, Lex Korten, Alden Hellmuth, Hannah Marks and more, as part of the Giant Ledge concert. . series.
All shows start at 8:00 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found at GiantLedge.com.
Friday July 23: Lex Korten and Alden Hellmuth
Lex Korten is a New York-based pianist and composer. Winner of the 2020 UNISA International Jazz Piano Competition, Korten brings his challenging and skillful playing to Giant Ledge. He will be alongside saxophonist Alden Hellmuth in a duet show that is sure to be fresh.
Sunday July 25: Rosemary Minkler
Describing herself as a “synth nerd at heart”, Rosemary Minkler is an accomplished pianist, composer and sound engineer. Rosemary’s latest EP – Part of Me – is a captivating work of jazz, R&B, pop and electro. Rosemary’s diverse abilities make her a sought-after musician and sound engineer. She has lived in Brooklyn, New York since 2017, working as an audio engineer for Buzzfeed News’ live news show “AM to DM”, performing her original music regularly and often working with other musicians.
Tuesday July 27: Micah Thomas, Kayvon Gordon and Dean Torrey
Prominent jazz artist Micah Thomas will collaborate with Kayvon Gordon and Dean Torrey as a trio on Tuesday July 27th. Micah Thomas is a pianist, composer and educator who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, playing piano songs from ear to ear by the age of 2 and growing his affinity for jazz. In 2015, Thomas received the Jerome L. Greene Scholarship from The Juilliard School and his Masters of Music in 2020. He has performed as the leader of his own group and has accompanied many recognized jazz artists, such as Immanuel Wilkins, Joel Ross. , Lage Lund and many others. In June 2020, he released his debut album, “Tide,” which received positive reviews from the New York Journal, New York Times, JazzTimes, Financial Times and many more. He’s one of the rising stars of world jazz, and he’s ready to bring his talent to Williamsburg.
Thursday July 29: Dave Adewumi
Dave Adewumi has performed at festivals around the world, such as the Panama Jazz Festival, Generations in Jazz Festival (in Australia with James Morrison) and as a featured artist at the Bern Jazz Festival. His most recent collaborations have been with Jason Moran and the Bandwagon “Absence of Ruin – a meditation on the life of James Reese Europe” at the Kennedy Center, and Dave Douglas’ project “Engage”. In 2016 Dave was accepted into the highly selective Juilliard Jazz Masters Program under the artistic direction and instruction of Wynton Marsalis. In 2017, he was the first jazz musician and trumpeter to receive the Paul and Daisy Soros scholarship for new Americans.
Friday July 30: Jeremy Dutton
Jeremy Dutton also honors 17 Frost Street of Giant Ledge Production Co. with his impeccable talent in drums and songwriting. He is best known for his exciting and dynamic stage presence and has performed with James Francies Kinetic, Joel Ross Good Vibes, the Vijay Iyer Sextet and many other renowned artists. As a composer, Dutton combines striking melodies with rhythmic changes and circular harmonic movements to fully affect the listener.
Wednesday August 4: Chase Kuesel
Influenced equally by BeBop Drumming, Contemporary Beatboxing, Drum and Bass programming, Singer-Songwriting and Tap Dancing, Chase Kuesel is a drummer and songwriter whose debut album, “Space Between”, was released in July 2020 on Ears & Eyes Records. Also in his mid-twenties, Chase has already received considerable recognition from leading cultural institutions. In 2020, he received both the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards, for his song “Senescence”, and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, for his song “Falling”. Both compositions appear on his album Ears & Eyes. Interdisciplinary explorations animate Chase’s latest work. In the summer of 2020, he released both a fully animated music video for “Falling,” in collaboration with visual artist Ian Kelly, and an essay in Music & Literature that explores the relationship between music production and culture. digital.
Thursday August 5: Hannah Marks, Connor Parks and Theo Walentiny
Hanna Marks is “one to watch,” says Dee Dee Bridgewater, NEA jazz master. She is a bassist, conductor, composer and educator living in New York City. His current project, Tide Pools, is a trio with alto saxophonist Alfredo Connor and drummer Connor Parks.
Parks has written music for ensembles ranging from soloists to stringed nonets, and has collaborated with Cameron McKinney (Kizuna Dance) and the Joffrey School of Ballet. Theo Walentiny, an addition to the group, is a unique performer on his own. “His music, although at times deceptively austere, invariably erupts with a rich and complex emotion,” says composer Vijay Iyer.
Giant Ledge Productions Co. is delighted to present these talented musicians and artists for a striking finish in their summer pop-up gallery. According to Giant Ledge’s mission, “we connect artists and audiences with the goal of producing visceral, high-quality work for everyone to enjoy,” said curator and founder Dan Leibel. This grand finale filled with art and jazz is going to be exactly that.