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Two local favorites team up this year to continue the tradition of the Jazzy Christmas Concert. Bring your friends and family and celebrate the holidays with us! Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door - members get $2 off. Chloe Wieczorek with: John Bagnato John Bagnato, born in Johnstown, PA, was a student of Don Cherry at the Naropa Institute. Having previously taught at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation School and at the House of Blues Foundation, John teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his BM from Manhattan School of Music and his MM from University of New Orleans, and he currently is a doctoral candidate at University of Pittsburgh. He performed with Donald Harrison (2000-2011.) In 2010, his original piece "Sweet Crude Blues" won Best Song for USA Today. John has recorded with Mario Adnet, arranger for A. C. Jobim, and Bill Summers, with Los Hombres Calientes--both grammy winning projects and featured on recordings by John Boutte and Trombone Shorty. He also composed for Dillard Theatre productions of Spunk (2005) and Fences (2011) (Winner of Best Soundtrack) and the award winning short film El Taxista (2008). John has opened for Shirley Horn, Eliades Ochoa, Oliver Mtukudzi, and Steel Pulse. He has performed with Eric Harland, Bill McHenry, John Ellis, Esperanza Spalding, Geri Allen, and Cassandra Wilson as well as Busta Rhymes, Wu Tang Clan, and the Pharcyde. He has performed throughout the world including Cuba, Brazil, South Africa, Guadeloupe, Guiana, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico. Beni Rossman Beni Rossman’s skills as a player, composer, and pedagogue have helped him become one of the most sought after young bassists of the Pittsburgh music scene. He has written and played for bands such as Ladies Night, Lyndsey Smith and Soul Distribution, Velvet Heat, and The ChopShop and has worked with world renowned artists such as Richie Cole, and Roby “Super Sax” Edwards. Beni also works as a freelance session bassist and has recorded on award winning tracks and albums as well as television contracts. In addition to his skills as a player, he is also the full-time bass instructor at the acclaimed pittsburgh based music school, Sunburst School of Music. Currently he is running his own funk band, Starship Mantis, which will be on tour in the spring and summer of 2017. He also plays frequently with the funk band Ladies Night, and a fifteen piece jazz-fusion and world-music ensemble, the Afro-Yaqui Music Collective. George Heid III Drummer George Heid III is quickly gaining the reputation as one of the hardest swinging drummers in the young generation of today. He has had the great privilege of studying under a number of brilliant players such as Roger Humphries, Kenny Washington, Rodney Green, Gene Jackson, John Riley, Richie Morales and his father. George’s musical ability has taken him around the world. George recently returned from working a 3 month residency in Hangzhou, China at JZ Club with his own Quartet. In 2014 George served a 6 month residency in Hangzhou, China as a featured member of The Bill Heid Quartet. George has had the honor of performing and/or recording with Jazz greats such as Sean Jones, Warren Wolf, Theron Brown, Clifford Barnes, Dwayne Dolphin, David Budway, Maureen Budway, Jimmy Ponder, Ralph Lalama, Essiet Essiet, Cameron Brown, Steve Davis, Mike Tomaro, Mark Strickland, Eric Johnson, Tony Campbell, Bill Heid, Perry Hughes, Randy Johnston, Don Aliquo Jr., James Moore, Neal Caine and Russ Miller. George works most often with his group, Elevations. Elevations consists of founding members and rhythm section George Heid III, Brett Williams and Anton DeFade, in addition to the horn section of Michael Stephenson and Benny Benack III. Their music is firmly rooted in the jazz tradition combined with influences across the map: Hip-Hop, R&B, Funk, Classical, Rock, and Pop. Elevations competed in the "2012 Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival" where they placed 1st overall. George was awarded "The Best Solo Performance Award" for the 2nd year in a row. Elevations returned to Monterey in September 2012 and performed on the main "Coffee House Stage" at the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival. They released their debut self titled album, “Elevations” in March of 2013. George won both ASCAP's 2013 "Young Jazz Composer's Award" and Downbeat Magazine's 2013 "Best Original Jazz Composition Award" for his original composition entitled "Emma Rain" from Elevations debut CD. Elevations will release their 2nd CD entitled “To The Stars” on September 18th, 2015. The CD features Warren Wolf and Sean Jones. Brett Williams Brett started playing music at the age of 2, piano at 4. His early influences in music were funk, gospel and jazz, and he was always interested in improvisation. By the time he was 9, Brett was performing locally; by his teens, he was making a name for himself on the Pittsburgh jazz scene. Brett became an in-demand pianist throughout greater Pittsburgh, and he frequently played, recorded and produced with great musicians including Dwayne Dolphin, Sean Jones, Roger Humphries and Poogie Bell. In 2010, Brett studied jazz and classical music with outstanding musicians such as Sean Jones at Duquesne University, where he also earned many solo performance awards before graduating. In 2012, Brett won the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival competition, performing with a band he co-founded, Elevations, which led to him to performing at the 55th Monterey Jazz Festival later that year. In 2013, he began working with the multi-Grammy-award-winning bassist Marcus Miller. Brett has now been touring with Marcus for four years and is featured on his latest Grammy-nominated recording, Afrodeezia. Through this opportunity, Brett has had the pleasure of playing with many talented artists and musicians — among them, Stevie Wonder, Snarky Puppy, Robert Glasper, Lauryn Hill, Sean Jones, Gregoire Maret, Jon Batiste, Cory Henry, Larry Graham, Victor Bailey, Omar Hakim, Mino Cinelu, Joe Lovano, Wycliffe Gordon, Dianne Reeves, Etienne Charles, Selah Sue, and Charles Haynes. He has performed all over the world, including the United States, Europe, South America, Africa, China and Japan. Brett also has played at many esteemed festivals some of which include — the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Vienne Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival and Newport Jazz Festival. Brett most recently has had numerous TV appearances playing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in the house band alongside Jon Batiste and Stay Human. At 24 years old, Brett has already accomplished so much. The influences of many music styles and genres, his “old soul”, and his musical honesty (he pours his soul deeply into his music) have helped him create and mold a dynamic musical sound and voice. With a promising solo career in his sights, Brett continues to grow. He is currently working on a soon-to-be-released recording, which showcases his talent and growth as an artist.

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A Jazzy Christmas with Chloe Wieczorek and John Bagnato

December 23, 2016, 7:00pm

Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center

Two local favorites team up this year to continue the tradition of the Jazzy Christmas Concert. Bring your friends and family and celebrate the holidays with us! Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door - members get $2 off. Chloe Wieczorek with: John Bagnato John Bagnato, born in Johnstown, PA, was a student of Don Cherry at the Naropa Institute. Having previously taught at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation School and at the House of Blues Foundation, John teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his BM from Manhattan School of Music and his MM from University of New Orleans, and he currently is a doctoral candidate at University of Pittsburgh. He performed with Donald Harrison (2000-2011.) In 2010, his original piece "Sweet Crude Blues" won Best Song for USA Today. John has recorded with Mario Adnet, arranger for A. C. Jobim, and Bill Summers, with Los Hombres Calientes--both grammy winning projects and featured on recordings by John Boutte and Trombone Shorty. He also composed for Dillard Theatre productions of Spunk (2005) and Fences (2011) (Winner of Best Soundtrack) and the award winning short film El Taxista (2008). John has opened for Shirley Horn, Eliades Ochoa, Oliver Mtukudzi, and Steel Pulse. He has performed with Eric Harland, Bill McHenry, John Ellis, Esperanza Spalding, Geri Allen, and Cassandra Wilson as well as Busta Rhymes, Wu Tang Clan, and the Pharcyde. He has performed throughout the world including Cuba, Brazil, South Africa, Guadeloupe, Guiana, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico. Beni Rossman Beni Rossman’s skills as a player, composer, and pedagogue have helped him become one of the most sought after young bassists of the Pittsburgh music scene. He has written and played for bands such as Ladies Night, Lyndsey Smith and Soul Distribution, Velvet Heat, and The ChopShop and has worked with world renowned artists such as Richie Cole, and Roby “Super Sax” Edwards. Beni also works as a freelance session bassist and has recorded on award winning tracks and albums as well as television contracts. In addition to his skills as a player, he is also the full-time bass instructor at the acclaimed pittsburgh based music school, Sunburst School of Music. Currently he is running his own funk band, Starship Mantis, which will be on tour in the spring and summer of 2017. He also plays frequently with the funk band Ladies Night, and a fifteen piece jazz-fusion and world-music ensemble, the Afro-Yaqui Music Collective. George Heid III Drummer George Heid III is quickly gaining the reputation as one of the hardest swinging drummers in the young generation of today. He has had the great privilege of studying under a number of brilliant players such as Roger Humphries, Kenny Washington, Rodney Green, Gene Jackson, John Riley, Richie Morales and his father. George’s musical ability has taken him around the world. George recently returned from working a 3 month residency in Hangzhou, China at JZ Club with his own Quartet. In 2014 George served a 6 month residency in Hangzhou, China as a featured member of The Bill Heid Quartet. George has had the honor of performing and/or recording with Jazz greats such as Sean Jones, Warren Wolf, Theron Brown, Clifford Barnes, Dwayne Dolphin, David Budway, Maureen Budway, Jimmy Ponder, Ralph Lalama, Essiet Essiet, Cameron Brown, Steve Davis, Mike Tomaro, Mark Strickland, Eric Johnson, Tony Campbell, Bill Heid, Perry Hughes, Randy Johnston, Don Aliquo Jr., James Moore, Neal Caine and Russ Miller. George works most often with his group, Elevations. Elevations consists of founding members and rhythm section George Heid III, Brett Williams and Anton DeFade, in addition to the horn section of Michael Stephenson and Benny Benack III. Their music is firmly rooted in the jazz tradition combined with influences across the map: Hip-Hop, R&B, Funk, Classical, Rock, and Pop. Elevations competed in the "2012 Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival" where they placed 1st overall. George was awarded "The Best Solo Performance Award" for the 2nd year in a row. Elevations returned to Monterey in September 2012 and performed on the main "Coffee House Stage" at the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival. They released their debut self titled album, “Elevations” in March of 2013. George won both ASCAP's 2013 "Young Jazz Composer's Award" and Downbeat Magazine's 2013 "Best Original Jazz Composition Award" for his original composition entitled "Emma Rain" from Elevations debut CD. Elevations will release their 2nd CD entitled “To The Stars” on September 18th, 2015. The CD features Warren Wolf and Sean Jones. Brett Williams Brett started playing music at the age of 2, piano at 4. His early influences in music were funk, gospel and jazz, and he was always interested in improvisation. By the time he was 9, Brett was performing locally; by his teens, he was making a name for himself on the Pittsburgh jazz scene. Brett became an in-demand pianist throughout greater Pittsburgh, and he frequently played, recorded and produced with great musicians including Dwayne Dolphin, Sean Jones, Roger Humphries and Poogie Bell. In 2010, Brett studied jazz and classical music with outstanding musicians such as Sean Jones at Duquesne University, where he also earned many solo performance awards before graduating. In 2012, Brett won the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival competition, performing with a band he co-founded, Elevations, which led to him to performing at the 55th Monterey Jazz Festival later that year. In 2013, he began working with the multi-Grammy-award-winning bassist Marcus Miller. Brett has now been touring with Marcus for four years and is featured on his latest Grammy-nominated recording, Afrodeezia. Through this opportunity, Brett has had the pleasure of playing with many talented artists and musicians — among them, Stevie Wonder, Snarky Puppy, Robert Glasper, Lauryn Hill, Sean Jones, Gregoire Maret, Jon Batiste, Cory Henry, Larry Graham, Victor Bailey, Omar Hakim, Mino Cinelu, Joe Lovano, Wycliffe Gordon, Dianne Reeves, Etienne Charles, Selah Sue, and Charles Haynes. He has performed all over the world, including the United States, Europe, South America, Africa, China and Japan. Brett also has played at many esteemed festivals some of which include — the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Vienne Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival and Newport Jazz Festival. Brett most recently has had numerous TV appearances playing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in the house band alongside Jon Batiste and Stay Human. At 24 years old, Brett has already accomplished so much. The influences of many music styles and genres, his “old soul”, and his musical honesty (he pours his soul deeply into his music) have helped him create and mold a dynamic musical sound and voice. With a promising solo career in his sights, Brett continues to grow. He is currently working on a soon-to-be-released recording, which showcases his talent and growth as an artist.

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