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Solomon Parham Quintet with an opening set by Jack Barrett Trio
May 20 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Headliner : Solomon Parham Quintet
Solomon Parham – Trumpet
Lineup – TBA
Soloman Parham has been a force-of-nature on the Minnesota Jazz scene for decades. He is a member of the Ggammy Award winning ensemble “The Sounds of Blackness” and has been a fixture in Saint Paul’s lowertown neighborhood hosting his famed “Solomon’s Sessions”, a performance series hosted at multiple venues that was the starting point in public performance of many emerging and now-established artists. Solomon has also been an inspirational music educator and a mentor on the horn to our community of Trumpet players. This performance will feature Solomon with a Quintet of all-star Minnesota Jazz musicians. Expect an energy-filled program of Jazz infused with Solomon’s many musical undercurrents.
Opening Set :Jack Barrett Trio
Jack Barrett – piano
Charlie Bruber – bass
Ben Ehrlich – drums
A wide variety of music can be heard in Jack Barrett’s compositions. Throughout his life, he has explored avenues of classical, progressive rock, metal and jazz. All of which have left their permanent mark on his sound. Raised in the Twin Cities, Barrett studied in the northern wilderness of St. John’s University where he earned a degree in piano performance. There, he was drawn to the sounds of Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett among others as he delved further into the sound and practice of jazz. Since then, his path has brought him to the sounds of modern players like Brad Mehldau and Tigran Hamasyan. Intense rhythms and rich harmonies dominate Barrett’s compositions, marked by concise and dynamic solos. With each new work he builds around a single concept, whether it is a rhythmic or harmonic motif or simply a feeling. Expanding from this, he crafts the song into a sprawling extrapolation, adding and transforming until the original idea is woven into every part of the music.