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Chad Eby-Brandon Lee Quintet

Fostek Rehearsal Hall • Presented by Jefferson Center
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 7:00pm
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 9:00pm
Boundless, Timeless, Blues-Inflected Jazz

Ticket Price:

General Admission - $30

(Plus a $3 service fee)

Guests of the Jazz Club performances enjoy desserts and coffee, provided by Kroger.

Unashamed of the past; unafraid of the future.

These words fully capture the essence of the Chad Eby-Brandon Lee Quintet, one of the Southeast’s most razor-sharp jazz ensembles. Based in North Carolina and co-led by trumpeter/composer Brandon Lee and saxophonist/composer Chad Eby, the group revels in the challenge of internalizing the message of the first 100+ years of jazz, and then channeling it into their own original compositions and surprising interpretations of the music of the masters; not one foot planted in the past and one in the future, but being one with the continuum. Both Eby and Lee have been awarded the prestigious Jazz Composer’s Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council, and are highly in demand as sidemen, clinicians, and arrangers across the country and worldwide.

With four studio and three live recordings to his credit, Chad Eby has established himself through his catalog as a saxophonist whose “tone is boundless, blues-inflected, and wholly satisfying” (AllAboutJazz.com) and who has “tremendous poise and natural melodic sense” (Ottawa Sun). Downbeat Magazine gave his newest release, “The Sweet Shel Suite," a coveted four-star rating saying, “Even at its most whimsical and breathless, The Sweet Shel Suite never ceases to be tuneful. Even if you’ve never read Silverstein’s poetry, there’s plenty of inspired composition here to sink your teeth into.” He is a D’Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist, a Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist, and a clinician for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington program.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, trumpeter Brandon Lee excelled throughout his schooling, and during his senior year at the Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Brandon was selected by Wynton Marsalis (“Brandon is one of the baddest cats out there” – W.M.) to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for a PBS special on Louis Armstrong. In 2001, Brandon was one of 18 students selected to become a part of the inaugural class of the Jazz Studies program at the Juilliard School. In 2007, he completed his Masters of Music degree at Juilliard, releasing his debut album, “From Within”, in August of the same year. His second album "Absolute-Lee" followed in March of 2010, featuring all original compositions. In the fall of 2008, Brandon became the youngest to join the faculty at The Juilliard School. In 2013, Brandon joined his colleagues Chad Eby and Steve Haines on the faculty of the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program at UNC-Greensboro.

The cross-generational rhythm section is comprised of Sean Mason, Steve Haines, and Daniel Faust. Haines and Faust have been a dynamic duo in the backcourt of Carolinian rhythm sections for over ten years, providing a powerful, yet flexible, rhythmic foundation for countless bands and individual artists. With buoyant personalities and a boundless love for the beat, they have set the standard for jazz rhythm in NC and beyond. Haines, a native of Ottawa, has also been awarded the North Carolina Arts Council’s Jazz Composer’s Fellowship, and is a brilliant composer in his own right. Faust hails originally from Greensboro, is a 2011 alum of UNC-Greensboro, and is a key cog in the machinery of dozens of Carolina-based bands in several genres. Joining them on piano in 2017 is the stunning newcomer from the Charlotte area, Sean Mason. Sean is currently a jazz studies major at UNC-Greensboro, but has already spent time on the road with legendary bandleader Branford Marsalis.

Expect to hear whimsical original music and clever re-interpretations of standard (and not-so-standard) repertory. But most of all, expect to hear jazz that is unashamed of the past, and unafraid of the future.

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