Sunday, September 19, 2021 | 2pm | First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)
JAZZ@FIRST: An Afternoon in Brazil
Phil DeGreg is back at our second home, the First Unitarian Church! Phil has a lifelong love affair with Brazilian musical traditions, a passion that has brought about some of his most celebrated musical works and albums. Come out to Avondale to enjoy an afternoon showcasing Phil on piano as well as Rusty Burge on vibraphone, Kevin McClellan on bass, Juan Megna on drums and Kiko Sebrian on percussion as they bring South American colors and rhythms to Cincy.
Jazz@First Series Sponsor: Al Harris
About the Artist: Phil DeGreg
Phil DeGreg began playing the piano in his childhood and now performs as a jazz pianist internationally. His earliest jazz influences were Bud Powell and Bill Evans, but he is accomplished and comfortable in a wide range of jazz styles, ranging from mainstream to bebop to Brazilian jazz. A graduate of Yale and the University of North Texas, he toured with the Woody Herman Orchestra in the 1980’s, and has 10 CD’s to his credit as a leader. For 13 years he accompanied many national and international jazz artists in the house trio in Cincinnati’s famous Blue Wisp Jazz Club. He has been on staff with the renowned Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops since 1983, and has performed and taught in Europe and South America.
Phil DeGreg is the retired Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts study grants. In 2008 he was awarded a 4 month Fulbright Fellowship as a lecturer in Brazil.
His text “Jazz Keyboard Harmony” is a practical text for teaching jazz harmony for all musicians, and is used all over the world in universities and for private study.
Learn more about Phil DeGreg on his website http://phildegreg.com.