RACELAND, Ky. — The John P. Stephens (JPS) Cultural Arts Center at Raceland High School presents an evening of live jazz with Peter Mazza, guitarist, on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Mazza is a jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, and educator born and raised in New York City. He is a Thelonius Monk Competition semi-finalist who earned degrees from The Manhattan School and Music and The Julliard School. Over the last 25 years Mazza has had the opportunity to perform in groups with Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy McGriff, Chris Potter, Joel Frahm, Roy Hargrove, Brad Mehldau, Donny McCaslin, Larry Grenadier, Christian McBride among many others.
Tom Stephens, Guitar Teacher/Choral Music Director/Technology Director at the Raceland High School JPS Cultural Arts Center, said hosting Mazza at the John P. Stephens Cultural Arts Center is a rare, delightful opportunity.
“It’s not everyday we get the opportunity to hear and interact with an artist of this caliber. Our kids are very fortunate to have a guitarist like Peter with such outstanding credentials perform and share with them,” Stephens said.
Additionally, Mazza has performed duos with guitarists from an array of musical generations- John Pisano, Gene Bertoncini, Mundell Lowe, Jack Wilkins, Barry Greene, Pete Bernstein, Freddie Bryant, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jonathan Kreisberg, Mike Moreno, Yotam Silberstein and many more. His projects have performed at Birdland, Dizzy’s Club, Smalls, The Cornelia Street Café and the 55 Bar in New York City, and at jazz clubs throughout the USA, Japan and Israel.
He retains a Sunday night trio residency at the Bar Next Door at La Lanterna in Greenwich Village, now in its fifteenth successful year, which currently features Misha Tsiganov on Piano and Thomson Kneeland on Bass, but has included Hendrik Meurkens, John Ellis, Will Vinson, Donny McCaslin, Jon Irabagon, Etienne Charles, Lucas Pino, Andrew Gould, Chad Lekowitz-Brown, Hans Glawischnig, Matt Penman, Ben Williams, Joe Martin and Ari Hoenig.
Mazza’s newest CD called Circles and Lines (2014 Urban Flower Records) features his guitar/piano/bass trio performing his fresh arrangements of standards by the Jazz and American Songbook Composers. He is becoming an in-demand traveling guest artist and clinician who has been invited to appear at NYU, MSM, The Peabody Institute, University of Colorado-Denver, University of Northern Colorado, Musician’s Institute, University of Southern California, University of North Florida, Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University.
Jazz Inside Magazine released the following statement regarding Mazza’s performance,”A guitarist with an instantly recognizable voice, his original compositions are joyous whirlwinds of thematic expression, rich with emotion and personality. Both vulnerable and commanding, he puts it all on the line and goes for it, the experience.”
The audience will be seated on the stage with the musicians for an intimate, informal, concert with time for questions and answers from all three band members. Guitar students and all live music enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 606-922-1596.
Peter Mazza, jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, of New York City, will perform at the John P. Stephens Cultural Arts Center in Raceland, Ky. On Monday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Mazza is a Thelonius Monk Competition semi-finalist who earned degrees from The Manhattan School and Music and The Julliard School, and has a musical career which spans over 25 years.
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