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Sun, Oct 08


Spirit of Hope UMC

Jazz for the Soul, ROBBY CARRILLO Quartet

Robby Carrillo and friends in a showcase of his debut album "Just Close Your Eyes" as well as other standards!

Jazz for the Soul, ROBBY CARRILLO Quartet
Jazz for the Soul, ROBBY CARRILLO Quartet

Time & Location

Oct 08, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM MST

Spirit of Hope UMC, 14403 N 75th Ave, Peoria, AZ 85381, USA

About the Event

Join us at SPIRIT OF HOPE for Jazz for the Soul featuring drummer, composer, educator, and recording artist - Robby Carrillo - showcasing his debut album and some favorite standards, with friends Nick Manson/piano, Andrew Gross/tenor sax, and Ben Hedquist on bass.

This will be a night of rhythm and groove you won't want to miss.

Robby Carrillo – Drummer, percussionist, and educator, is based in Phoenix, Arizona. He began playing music professionally at age 16. Carrillo attended Arizona State where he received the Jazzbird Scholarship and studied jazz performance and composition under Dom Moio and Michael Kocour. Carrillo has performed with greats, Joe Lovano, Fred Forney, Michael Kocour, Armand Boatman, Marty Ashby, Charles Lewis, and many others. He opened for Benny Golson in Chicago at the famed Jazz Showcase. Carrillo is an in-demand drummer, and seasoned studio musician. Currently, Carrillo is the drum set instructor at Mesa Community College and Arizona Christian University.

Nick Manson Piano – A talented jazz pianist and keyboardist, this two-time Emmy Award winning multifaceted musician is also a producer who has excelled in several fields. His piano playing is swinging, lyrical, consistently inventive and individual. Nick’s performances are both accessible and creative, appealing to a wide audience yet he remains true to himself. The list of notables Nick has worked with includes B.B. King, Bud Shank, Diana Krall, Ernie Watts, Brice Winston, just to name a few.

Andrew Gross Tenor Saxophone - Saxophonist and educator - is the Music Director for Young Sounds of Arizona. Andrew studied with jazz musicians, Chris Potter, Rufus Reid, Rich Perry, Tony Malaby, Dewey Redman and Reggie Workman. He performs regularly with the Phoenix Symphony and is called on to play studio gigs for others as well as recording three projects of his own. He has served as featured soloist on GCU Faculty Recitals and Thunder Big Band as well as Mesa Community College’s Big Band.

Ben Hedquist – Bassist and composer – Ben teaches at Glendale Community College and is one of the Valley’s most in-demand bassists. Hedquist is known for his versatility and is at home playing anything from jazz to classical music. Hedquist was a finalist in the 2016 European Double Bass Congress jazz bass competition held in Prague, Czech Republic. He performs frequently with Michael Kocour, Jeff Libman, Eric Rasmussen, Keith Kelly, Adam Roberts, and Dom Moio. He has also performed with notables, Joe Locke, Peter Bernstein, George Garzone, Miguel Zenon, Glenn Zaleski, John Hollenbeck, Chris Cheek, George Colligan, Ben Wendel, and Lewis Nash.

He can be found around the valley performing his own projects. He released his first album “The Mists of Uncertainty” in 2019.

ALL JFTS CONCERTS ARE FREE and open to the public and all donations received will benefit local and international humanitarian causes. You do not need to register for this event, but if you haven't done so, please join our mailing list so we can keep you posted with Jazz for the Soul updates and reminders. Doors open at 5:30PM.

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