DePauw Jazz at the Duck Presents Parsons Trio and Grammy Winner Chip McNeill
November 9, 2005November 9, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw Jazz at the Duck will be presenting two special performances in the upcoming weeks prior to the University’s Thanksgiving break. The first of these will feature the Sean Parsons Piano Trio with drummer Jesse Nolan this Thursday, November 10, while the second will see the return of Grammy Award-winning tenor saxophonist Chip McNeill on November 17. Both of these events are free and open to the public, taking place at Walden Inn’s Fluttering Duck from 9 to 11 p.m.
“Sean and Chip are both great musicians that I look forward to playing with again,” says Paul Musser, director of DePauw Jazz at the Duck and bassist for both events. “Both groups will be performing a mixture of standards and original works.”
For the November 10 concert, Musser and pianist Parsons will be joined by Bloomington drummer Jesse Nolan. A noted freelance jazz drummer, Nolan has performed throughout the Midwest and is currently a member of the eclectic, Chicago-based band Second Hand Poets. Parsons will be traveling to Greencastle from Rantoul, Illinois, where he is a respected pianist and faculty member at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Chip McNeill returns to the Duck with Musser and a rhythm section that includes drummer Chris Baker and guitarist Matthew Warnock on November 17th. A veteran of the Maynard Ferguson Big Band and Woody Herman Orchestra, McNeill has also toured extensively with Latin trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. He is currently the director of jazz studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to the evening concert, McNeill will also be delivering a convocation for the DePauw School of Music entitled “Reharmonization and Rhythm Changes” at 1 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall.
After a one-week hiatus for Thanksgiving, DePauw Jazz at the Duck will return for its final two performances of the semester. On December 1, local blues legend Tad Robinson and his band will grace the Duck with Musser’s own quartet closing out the festivities on December 8. All of these programs are free and open to the public.
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