Off The Wall returns for 2019 with visionary performances by actors, musicians, singers, and dancers. Experience the sights and sounds as artists disregard the conventions of performing arts, reveal original works, and experiment with new material in The Galleries at UICA. Proceeds from Off The Wall support UICA’s programming, exhibitions, films, and arts-focused events year-round.
Guests will enjoy small bites from San Chez Bistro, and a cash bar featuring select wines and craft beers.
Featuring Performances By:
Lady Ace Boogie
Contemporary ballet with live accompaniment
Kalamazoo Community Taiko Ensemble
Japanese Taiko drumming
Early-Bird Tickets: $35.00 (purchase by April 7)
Standard Tickets (purchased after April 7, 2019):
• UICA Members: $35.00
• Public: $50.00
Purchase ticket at the link below.
Jazz pianist-singer, Robin Connell, will perform with her trio at One Trick Pony in Grand Rapids, on March 14, 2019, from 8-11 pm. With her will be Mark Weymouth on drums and Charles Johnson on bass. There is no cover charge for the performance.
One Trick Pony is located at 136 E. Fulton St NE, in downtown Grand Rapids. For more info about the venue, call One Trick Pony: 616-235-7669 or visit the website http://onetrick.biz/
About Robin Connell
As the West Michigan Jazz Society’s pick for the 2017 Musician of the Year, Robin Connell’s career is an alternating kaleidoscope of performing, teaching and composing in a variety of settings. Following in the tradition of singer‐pianists Shirley Horn and Diana Krall, Connell tickles the ivories with original arrangements of time honored classics from The Great American Songbook (Gershwin, Porter), jazz standards (Ellington, Brubeck), and her own unique compositions. With harmonic sophistication at the piano, and a tinge of haunting introspection, she sings and “tells the story” with the depth that comes from true‐life experience. In addition to performing, she co-directs the St Cecilia Youth Jazz Ensembles, hosts Jazz in the Sanctuary at Fountain Street Church, and is the 2016 ArtPrize Public Choice award recipient for her original composition, Prisms. As an educator, Robin taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp for twenty years (where Norah Jones studied with Robin for two summers). She currently teaches privately and travels as guest artist and clinician/adjudicator at jazz festivals and schools.
Veronica Swift + Benny Green Trio
March 7, 2019
St. Cecilia Music Center
24 Ransom NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
At age 23, Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. In 2016, she was asked to perform a concert of her own at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City and she was a guest artist with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Veronica’s first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at age 11 when she performed at the “Women in Jazz” series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. In the summer of 2016, she headlined at the Telluride Jazz Festival, her 10th appearance there. In addition to performing the Great American Songbook and Bebop and Vocalese classics, Veronica is also a passionate devotee of 20s and 30s music.
Benny Green possesses the history of jazz at his fingertips. Combine mastery of keyboard technique with decades of real world experience playing with no one less than the most celebrated artists of the last half century, and it’s no wonder Green has been hailed as perhaps the most exciting hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist to ever emerge from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.