Charles Lewis Quintet at Sacred Grounds Jazz Coffeehouse
February 28th, 2013
HSGP Humanities Project Excursion
CHARLES LEWIS QUINTET
CHARLES LEWIS (piano)
JOE CORRAL (flute)
FRANK SMITH (alto/tenor sax, flute)
DWIGHT KILIAN (bass)
DOM MOIO (drums)
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Few names in the jazz community command more respect than Charles Lewis, the first jazz-category inductee of the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame. Charles Lewis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1933. He began performing on piano at church functions when he was only 7 years old. Some of his earliest musical influences include Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Nat King Cole. Charles moved to Arizona in 1953 when he enrolled at Arizona State University. He began performing at the famous 7th Ave. Elks Club jams in 1954. He played with several bands before forming his own band, The Charles Lewis Quintet, which landed a gig at the Playboy Club in Phoenix in 1961.
Mr. Lewis eventually began getting grants from major organizations to conduct workshops. He performed "self awareness through music" seminars for the Bureau of Indian affairs, the Department of Corrections and many other organizations. He has also done workshops on the relationship of music to colors, textures and linear shapes for the National Alliance for Arts Education. He has served on the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Music advisory panel for the National endowment for the arts in Washington, DC and many other prestigious panels.
Recent appearances at ASU Gammage and Kerr Cultural Center feature the poems of Langston Hughes, set to the original music of Charles Lewis and performed by the Charles Lewis Quintet. Charles teaches privately in the areas of jazz piano, harmony and theory, jazz improvisation and vocal performance. He considers his crowning achievements to be the work he's done doing musical workshops for children.
Joe Corral grew up in a small Arizona mining town with a large and loving Mexican-American family, where music was the staff of life. Love of mariachi music segued to rock and roll, then on to the ever-fascinating world of jazz. Guitar lessons from his father gave way to flute lessons in grade school band, and his precocious flutistic abilities landed a college scholarship as a performance major. Joe then learned to love classical music, excelled in that also, and landed a long term position with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, where he continues today. He is often featured jazz flutist at local venues, as well as, New York, Los Angeles, Telluride, and Baja, Mexico, to mention a few. Joe Corral will tell you, "I love John Coltrane and Bill Evans as much as I love Prokofiev and Brahms." With the long-awaited release of his jazz flute album, "GROOVIN’ HIGHER," Joe Corral joins the very small and exclusive group of crossover musicians who are as comfortable and as accomplished in the classical world as they are in the jazz world. GROOVIN’ HIGHER, however, is pure, straightforward jazz--showing off Joe’s pure and glistening flute sound and exciting improvisational creativity along with breathtaking facility!
Frank Smith is a multi-talented individual whose background includes music, teaching, aviation and psychotherapy. Frank’s musical experience includes playing with a wide range of internationally known stars, including Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Coasters, Frankie Valle, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Diamonds, The Fifth Dimension, etc. In addition, he has been a featured soloist with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and was the woodwind soloist on the ABC Network Television series "Evening Shade." Frank began teaching when he was in eighth grade. His skills in music influenced a number of his peers to take private lessons. Frank has twelve years experience teaching at the college level, ten of which were at ASU.
Dwight Kilian is one of the Southwest's finest jazz bassists. His 20 year teaching experience includes jazz bass instruction and clinician work with Arizona State University, Glendale Community College, Kansas Touring Arts, Arizona All State High School Jazz, and many music camps throughout the country. Dwight has performed with many top jazz artists in the world, at many of the major jazz festivals in the Midwest, and also at the Holland Blues Festival. Dwight lead his own quartet Bass Pursuit, which performed at the 1998 Estes Park Jazz Festival. With Bob Ravenscroft, Dwight formed the improvisational group Inner Journeys, which led to the development of "Music & Meditations" programs. Dwight was a co-founder of the "Jazz for the Soul" concert series at New Hope Covenant Church and is currently executive director of Music Serving the Word Ministries.
Dom Moio is one of the Valley’s most in-demand drummers. He studied drums and percussion with jazz great Alan Dawson, recording legend Bernard Purdie and Cuban Master Walfredo De los Reyes, Sr. His performance and recording credentials include some of the finest names in jazz – Al Cohn, Herb Ellis, Eddie Harris, Ahmad Jamal...the list goes on. Dom’s most recent cd’s include his own group titled "Cinco de Moio," Armand Boatman’s "BeBop Revolution" and "Justice for the Earth" with Chuck Marohnic & ‘Seeds.’ Besides an active performing career, Dom keeps a busy teaching schedule at ASU, Mesa Community College and as traveling clinician.
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Sacred Grounds Jazz Coffeehouse is a great place to hear the Valley’s finest jazz musicians in a family-friendly setting, with no distractions. We request a $5.00 donation at the door (only a $3.00 donation from students). Coffee, non-alcoholic beverages and desserts are for sale at our snack bar.
Directions: Sacred Grounds is located in the auditorium of Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ, 4425 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale, AZ between Indian School & Camelback Roads. From the 101 take the Indian School Rd. exit and turn west and go to the second light (Granite Reef Rd.) and turn right. The church is on the East side of the street, just south of Camelback Rd.
For the upcoming concert schedule, visit the calendar on the website of Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ www.scucc.