Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) and the Wadsworth Public Library continue Concerts in the Courtyard with Medina-based keyboardist David Thompson and Cleveland-based bass player Jeffery Slater in a program entitled: “Everybody Digs Bill Evans” on Sunday, October 17, 2021, at 2 pm. An American jazz pianist and composer who mostly played in trios, Evans’s use of impressionist harmony, inventive interpretation of traditional jazz repertoire, block chords, and trademark rhythmically independent “singing” melodic lines continue to influence jazz pianists today.
The program takes place in the Wadsworth Public Library Courtyard, 132 Broad Street, Wadsworth, OH 44281. In the event of rain, the concert will take place in the library community room. The concert is free, but reservations are recommended. Register online or by calling 419-853-6016.
About the Musicians
David Thompson has been performing and teaching for the past 30 years. He studied with George Shearing and Joanne Brackeen in New York, and with Don Haas in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has composed film scores, and music for documentaries and independent film productions, including projects for the Sierra Club. For the past four years, he has been traveling throughout the US, presenting masterclasses on the life and music of jazz pianist Bill Evans, and hosting showings of “Time Remembered”, Bruce Spiegel’s acclaimed documentary about the life and music of Bill Evans.
David also performs at jazz clubs, universities, and jazz festivals around the US, and was the 2019 Bittle Artist-in-Residence at The University of Akron Jazz Festival. His solo CD, Introspect, was met with critical acclaim, including reviews by Marc Myers of The Wall Street Journal and Jazzwax.com, and Grammy award-winning writer Neil Tesser of Chicagojazz.com. David’s new solo CD, “Waiting” was just released in Summer 2021. David currently resides in Medina, Ohio, where he teaches and performs when home from travels. Learn more at www.davidthompsonjazz.com.
Jeff Slater earned his BA in Music Theory and French Horn at Baldwin-Wallace University and did master’s work in Classical and Jazz Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin and at Madison and Truman State University. Jeff plays doubles on electric and upright bass and is well versed in all styles of jazz, R&B, rock and world music.