Ken Peplowski Trio
Featuring Rosanno Sportiello and Katie Thiroux
Monday, January 8 | 5:00pm (SOLD OUT) & 7:30pm | Crowninshield
An evening with saxophonist Ken Peplowski, vocalist Katie Thiroux, and jazz pianist Rossano Sportiello promises to be a dynamic and captivating performance. The trio will showcase their skills and improvisational prowess, exploring a range of jazz styles and compositions. With Peplowski’s virtuosic saxophone skills, Thiroux’s soulful vocals, and Sportiello’s intricate piano arrangements, this concert is not to be missed for jazz enthusiasts and music lovers alike.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Ken Peplowski has recorded over 70 CDs as a soloist, and close to 400 as a sideman – some of the artists he’s performed/recorded with include Charlie Byrd, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops, Hank Jones,Peggy Lee, Bill Charlap, Woody Allen, Benny Goodman, and Madonna. He travels at least half of every year, playing clubs, concert halls, colleges, and pops concerts. He has headlined the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, and Dizzy’s Club amongst many other venues. Ken’s CDs on the Capri label, “Noir Blue”, “In Search Of ”, and “Maybe September” were released to great critical acclaim and massive airplay. He has recorded music as diverse as Italian and French folk songs, avant-garde jazz, pop, and classical music; he recorded the Darius Milhaud Clarinet Concerto with an orchestra in
Sofia, Bulgaria, and was a featured soloist (playing Mozart) in 2015 at the Siletz Bay Music Festival in Oregon, where he premiered a new concerto in 2016, written for him by Dick Hyman. Ken was the musical director of the Oregon Festival Of American Music (OFAM) for eight years, and is a longtime performer/consultant to The Jazz Cruise, where he was elected into the Jazz Cruise Hall Of Fame in 2013. “Mr. Peplowski sounds the way (Benny) Goodman might if he had kept evolving, kept on listening to new music, kept refining his sound, polishing his craft, and expanding his musical purview into the 21st century.” – Will Friedwald in The Wall Street Journal, December 2012
Based in New York City, Rossano is a classically trained Italian pianist who transitioned to Jazz at very young age. He is a master of both styles and his classical skills frequently come to the fore along with Harlem Stride Piano. He plays with a relaxed swing, paying respect to the original melodies while also adding something of his own to each performance.
Stylistically, Rossano is a follower of Ralph Sutton, Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Dave McKenna and Barry Harris, but is also influenced by the masters like Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum, Errol Garner, George Shearing, Count Basie, Earl Hines, Ellis Larkins and Bill Evans.
With glowing endorsements from the likes of Quincy Jones, The New Yorker and NPR, Los Angeles based Katie Thiroux has clearly established herself as one of the most exciting and in demand musicians today. Thiroux’s unique gift of simultaneously balancing sultry vocals and virtuosic bass playing leaves audiences worldwide in awe. Her most recent album, “Off Beat,” from Grammy nominated label, Capri Records, collected rave reviews and was awarded a “Best Album Of 2017” by Downbeat Magazine.
With a long list of accolades that looks like a seasoned veteran, the 30 year old triple threat is full steam ahead with a busy international touring schedule and new projects in the works. Lending contemporary flair to mainstream stylings, Thiroux carries on the hard swinging tradition of such bass masters as Ray Brown and John Clayton, while channeling the buoyant vocal finesse of iconic singers including Anita QDav, Chet Baker and Ella Fitzgerald. Thiroux offers in-the-moment jazz that draws upon the rich history of the music, from swing to bebop and beyond. In the words of music icon Quincy Jones, “This girl is IT!”
($150 Charitable/$40 ticket)
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