Music Series: Chamber Jazz with Riverrun

Sunday, Jan 13, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Riverrun is the meeting of two remarkable musicians, pianist/composer Jeremy Wall and flutist John Ragusa. The magic of their sound comes from the spontaneity of their interplay and the unique range of their repertoire. They create a seamless blend of jazz, latin, classical and rock styles featuring the multi-faceted compositions of Grammy nominated composer Jeremy Wall, as well selections from Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Eric Satie, and lesser known gems by Brazilian composers Vinicius de Moraes, Carlos Lyra, Ivan Lins, Baden Powell and Egberto Gismonti. The dynamic range of their shows are highlighted by the virtuosity John Ragusa displays on a variety of flutes. As the audiences at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC have discovered, riverrun’s scintillating performances are attractive to a wide variety of music listeners.  

The Shack Sackler Foundation is the primary benefactor of this music series.

Partner & location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Jeremy Wall is a co-founder of the Jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra and has recorded extensively as producer, keyboardist, composer and arranger in all genres of music. He has released over 70 of his own compositions and has been nominated for several Grammys as a producer, pianist and composer. His composition “Shakedown” was nominated for a Grammy award for “Best Pop Instrumental.” He has worked extensively with celebrated clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, writing, recording and producing 9 albums and is currently a professor of music at SUNY Oneonta.

John Ragusa has been called “One of today’s finest improvisational flutists” by the legendary Paul Horn. He is one half of the award-winning roots/blues duo, Mulebone, and has been featured in concert and recordings with the acclaimed Nashville singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman for 20 years. He is also a featured member of the Jazz/Bluegrass band the Alison Brown Quartet, led by Grammy winning composer Alison Brown. John has several recordings under his own name and is featured on over 50 albums, television and movie soundtracks.
 

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