January 28 Jazz Matinee: Mary Petrich Quartet w/ special guest Mary Louise Knutson (pianist)

January 28, 2018 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Nash
110 E Roosevelt St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
$20, $10 Students (25 & Under w/ ID)

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Mary Petrich-saxophones, Mary Louise Knutson-piano, Sean Brogan-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums

Creative saxophonist Mary Petrich has been developing her own vision for the past 20 years.  Her desire to push the boundaries has led her to many projects and collaborations, the latest being the album “Murmuration” with her quartet “OpenHand”. With an abiding love for free style improvisation and the intimate collaboration of small group settings, she is equally at home playing standards and working in larger group formats.  Large group work includes the Phoenix Symphony, the Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale, the Az. Music Festival Orchestra, and the Nash Composer Coalition.

From a review by Carol Weber, AXS:

“(Mary) Petrich is an Arizona-based working musician who finds moments of splendor in a wide variety of gigs. Every time she steps onstage, she finds new nuances to uncover.  In her latest release; 2016’s “Murmuration”, she and the quartet keep the tracks light and lovely, with surreal moments of incredible synchronicity….(her) contemplative, exotic Middle-Eastern styled “Neptune” is the longest piece in the group, yet the most satisfying spiritually, as the saxophonist shows the listener just what she means by avoiding repetition and embracing change, in an organic, languid pace.  It’s as if the thoughts and images move her hands and her breath as they filter through her physical form and down to her soul.”

Minneapolis-based jazz pianist and composer, Mary Louise Knutson (k’NOOT-sen), has been called “one of the most exciting and innovative artists to happen to jazz piano in quite some time.” Her warm, inviting tone, broad range of emotional expression, and distinctive compositions have brought her much recognition on the national music scene. Knutson tours regularly with trumpeter Doc Severinsen, former bandleader for the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.  She also tours with her own group, the Mary Louise Knutson Trio, and freelances with a variety of vocalists and instrumental groups in the Twin Cities including Connie Evingson, the JazzMN Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra. She has performed with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves, Kevin Mahogany, Ernie Watts, Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Nicholas Payton, Slide Hampton, and many more. Knutson’s latest jazz trio CD, In the Bubble, made JazzWeek’s Top 10 and stayed in the Top 50 for 19 consecutive weeks. Six standards and four originals complete this highly accessible mainstream-to-modern collection – ranging from a swinging Oscar Peterson Trio-style “It Could Happen to You” to a McCoy-ish “Can You Hear Me Now?”, and from an ECM style “Sea of Qi” to a gospel style “You Are My Sunshine.”  In 2006, Knutson was a Minnesota Music Awards nominee for both Jazz Artist of the Year and Pianist of the Year, and in 2005, she was a Finalist in the Kennedy Center’s Women in Jazz International Pianist Competition. Her debut jazz trio CD, Call Me When You Get There, charted in JazzWeek’s Top 50 and earned Knutson the award for Top New Jazz Instrumentalist in 2001.  
For more info, please visit: www.MaryLouiseKnutson.com

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