Join us for one of the most exciting jazz piano concerts of the year, as Steve Harlos, Fredrick Sanders & Brad Williams take turns performing the music of Chick Corea, on two
Steinway & Sons concert grand pianos simultaneously!
Keys for Kids is a unique scholarship program developed by the Dallas Jazz Piano Society, for the benefit of young people age 6-18 in the Dallas area. Scholarships are offered based on financial need, except the James and Beth Callaway Jazz Scholarship and the Dan Haerle Jazz Scholarship, which are merit based. Selected students receive instruction and instruments. Keys for Kids scholars have gone on to study at Berklee, Interlochen, and have performed at the Rising Stars DJPS Concert. The program provides opportunity in the community not found elsewhere, and is a significant contribution to the DJPS mission.Since the inception of the program in 2011, more than thirty deserving students have been privileged to be Keys for Kids scholars.
Steven Harlos enjoys a richly varied musical life. He made his solo debut in Lincoln Center performing the Gershwin Concerto in F, and has since performed numerous concertos with orchestra. In 2010, he premiered “Dysfunctional”—a concerto for piano and orchestra composed for him by American composer Stephen Anderson. As a collaborative pianist, he has performed with numerous leading artists, including Timofei Dokschutzer, Harvey Phillips, Gervase de Peyer, and Eugene Rousseau. He is also a composer, with works published by Southern Music and Woodwindiana. As a jazz pianist, he has worked closely with jazz pianist Dick Hyman on several projects, including performances of Hyman’s ballet “The Bum’s Rush” for Twyla Tharp at the Kennedy Center, and “Piano Man” with the Cleveland Ballet. Since 1982, he has taught piano and collaborative piano at the University of North Texas, where he currently serves as chair of the Division of Keyboard Studies. He is the Pops Keyboardist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Fredrick Sanders’ masterful piano stylings have been enthusiastically enjoyed by audiences ranging from elementary school to heads of state. He is well versed in a variety of modern jazz styles including New Orleans Trad, New Orleans Brass Band, Swing, Bop, and Avant-garde. Fredrick received his early jazz education at the Arts Magnet High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, earning the award of High School Arranger of the Year for his arrangement of Dan Haerle's "Crib Chimp". Fredrick Sanders earned his Associate in Arts degree from Weatherford Collegein Weatherford, Tx. and Bachelors of Music from Texas State Universityin San Marcos, Tx. For over two decades he has been recognized as a pianist, composer, arranger and educator, having perfomed in Poland, the Netherlands, Canada, Japan, and throughout the USA. Fredrick currently teaches at Cedar Valley College, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and serves as the Head of Jazz Studies at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
Brad Williams has been a fixture of the Dallas music scene for over 25 years, having performed and recorded in a multitude of musical situations. In addition to performing with his trio and accompanying other musicians, Brad is an adjunct professor at Richland College where he has taught jazz combo classes, improvisation, and private applied lessons for over 13 years. He also has a private teaching studio in East Dallas. He holds both bachelor's and master's degrees in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. Brad and his ensembles have performed before a wide variety of audiences throughout the US and Canada. He can be frequently found at local music venues, including Scat Jazz Lounge, the Balcony Club, Sundance Square, and Dan's Silverleaf. He has backed up jazz luminaries such as Clark Terry, Rich Matteson, Byron Stripling, and Steve Allen. Brad has performed at the Denton Jazz Festival, Southwestern Oklahoma State Jazz Festival, Oklahoma State Jazz Festival, and the Ottawa Jazz Festival. He also performed at events sponsored by the Jazz Educators Network, Dallas Jazz Piano Society, Chanel, Caesars Palace, Winstar, the Mansion on Turtle Creek, SMU Meadows Museum of Art, and the Dallas Museum of Art.
Jeffry Eckels "is the most widely heard jazz bass player in America today." proclaims bass virtuoso and UNT professor, Jeff Bradetich. Jeffry Eckels shared the musical spotlight playing live jazz on Public Radio International’s most popular show “Michael Feldman’s Whad’ Ya Know?” with Chicago pianist John Thulin for more than 15 years. One of the country’s most sought-after bassists, Jeffry has appeared with jazz greats Wynton Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Roscoe Mitchell, Ben Sidran, Antonio Sanchez, Howard Levy, John Abercrombie, Dan Tepfer, and Ernie Watts, among others. He is also an accomplished Classical performer who has performed with members of the ProArts Quartet, Bach Dynamite & Dancing Company, and with symphonies and chamber groups across the USA.
Steve Barnes is a highly acclaimed drummer and educator, whose signature sound and musicality have made him a valuable asset in settings ranging from big bands to orchestras to television soundtrack recordings. He has played drums with legendary jazz artists, such as Sonny Stitt, Ira Sullivan, Eddie Harris, Hank Crawford, Groove Holmes, Dianne Schuur, Freddie Cole, and Bobby Shew. He has produced television studio work in Los Angeles and toured the globe with Bill Holman's Big Band and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Steve has over 35 years of teaching experience, including the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music and serving on the faculty of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop since 2001. The Fall of 2017 brought an exciting new chapter as Steve has joined the esteemed faculty at the University of North Texas Jazz Department assisting in private drumset teaching and rhythm section coaching for combos and the world renowned UNT Lab band program.
Please join us for a memorable performance presented free of charge. For more information or to reserve your seats, call 972.403.1853 or RSVP online.
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