Saint Michael's College is hosting two remarkable, free, open-to-the-public music events this month: Renowned vibraphonist Joe Locke in performance with four other musicians in the McCarthy Arts Center, Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 PM, and African American composer Trevor Weston, a choirboy with a doctorate from Berkeley, speaking on "Music and Mysticism" on Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 PM in the McCarthy Arts Center.
Vibraphonist Joe Locke, with drums, sax, piano and bass
Jazz at Saint Michael's College presents Vibraphonist Joe Locke, Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 PM in the McCarthy Arts Center. Joe Locke, who has recorded over 25 CDs as a band leader, and almost 100 recordings as a sideman, will also give a clinic at 1 PM on Sept. 20 in McCarthy. Joining him in the concert are Ludwig Afonso- Drums, Brian McCarthy - Saxophone, Tom Cleary - Piano, John Rivers - Bass.
"Not only has Joe Locke mastered an instrument that has catapulted only a handful of players to the forefront of modern jazz - but he has done so in a way that transcends mere technique and establishes him as a unique and adventurous musical voice." - Derk Richardson, San Francisco Bay Guardian
As a young jazz musician, Locke played with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Pepper Adams and Mongo Santamaria. Since moving to New York City in 1981, Joe has performed with Grover Washington Jr., Kenny Barron, Dianne Reeves, Rod Stewart, The Beastie Boys, Ron Carter, Geoffrey Keezer, The Mingus Big Band and Randy Brecker, among many others. Joe has also toured extensively throughout the world, as leader and guest soloist.
On the scene for over 30 years, in the past decade, Joe Locke's name has begun to reach a broad audience. He has transcended his past reputation as a fine post bop instrumentalist, into now including everything from melodic chamber jazz to intensely personal compositions that bridge the gap between post bop and a lyrical contemporary style.
Dr. Trevor Weston, "Music & Mysticism"
Saint Michael's presents composer Trevor Weston of Drew University, a choirboy with a doctorate from Berkeley, speaking on "Music and Mysticism," Monday Sept. 24 at 7 PM in the McCarthy Arts Center.
In this highly personal presentation, Trevor Weston, a prominent African-American composer, explores how music encourages listeners to lose themselves in a dramatic journey through time and to imagine the unknown as a positive experience.
Trevor Weston began his musical training as a choirboy at St. Thomas Choir School in New York City. He attended Tufts University and completed his graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley where he was awarded the prestigious George Ladd Prix de Paris, which allowed him to live in Paris for two years.
Described as having "a refreshingly imaginative musical personality" by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Dr. Weston has written music that has been performed in Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in South Carolina, and in The Netherlands, France, Canada, and Hungary.
He has received the 2003 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and Composition Fellowships for residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and at the MacDowell Colony.
Dr. Weston was a Professor of Music at the College of Charleston from 2000 to 2009, and Music Director and Organist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Charleston from 2003 to 2009. He is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Drew University in Madison, NJ.