June 17: The Monica Shriver Jazz Project

7:30 PM

Admission: $20, $10 Students (25 & Under w/ ID)

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The Monica Shriver Jazz Project will perform a mixture of classic jazz standards and original compositions, featuring:
Monica Shriver-woodwinds, Nick Cooper-trumpet/flugelhorn, Michael Collins-piano, Ben Hedquist-bass, Erik Teichmann-drums 
Monica Shriver is a musician, composer, clinician and teaching artist based in Phoenix, Arizona – www.monicashriver.com . She has a diverse and creative professional career performing in big bands, jazz combos, pit orchestras, rock bands, chamber ensembles and orchestras, playing saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor, and bari), flute, alto flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet and bassoon. Monica has performed in the pit orchestra for over 40 musicals and  has had the opportunity to perform with great artists such as Michael Bublé, David Foster, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Mel Brown, Andy Martin, Ronnie Cuber, Chris Vadala, and opened for Gil Scott-Heron, Joan Jett, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, among others. In addition to freelancing, Monica leads three of her own groups: Doublers Collective, the Monica Shriver Jazz Project and the Monica Shriver and Stan Smith Be Free Ensemble, with Columbus-based guitarist Stan Smith. She currently serves as the saxophone professor and adjunct faculty at Phoenix College.

Nick Cooper,  a Phoenix native, just recently returned to the valley after retiring from the lead trumpet chair for the Navy Commodores in Washington D.C. He attended Northern Arizona University studying with Charlie Way, and later finished his Bachelor of Music at Thomas Edison State College. Cooper has performed with many notable artists such as Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous, Marvin Stamm, Chuck Findley, Don Menza, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the Temptations, the Supremes, the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, and the Airmen of Note.  He has also appeared at the Midwest Clinic and the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference along with many other jazz festivals around the world.

Michael Collins, pianist and award-winning composer, is a graduate of the Thornton School of Music at USC, where he studied with jazz masters Shelly Berg, Russ Ferrante, and Kim Richmond. Originally from Arizona, Michael was equally fortunate to be able to study in his own back yard with jazz legend Armand Boatman at the “Granada Conservatory” (Armand’s living room on Granada Street). Now developing his own reputation, Michael’s piano playing is modern, interactive, bop-influenced, and virtuosic. His big band composition “Sketch Artist” was awarded honorable mention in the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards, and his big band arrangement of “El Sur” was featured on “40 Acres and a Burro” a GRAMMY-nominee for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. He currently appears with and writes for valley favorites Doublers Collective, CleveTet, and Superstition Jazz Orchestra.

Ben Hedquist hails from Stevens Point, Wisconsin and is currently a Teaching Assistant at Arizona State University where he completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in 2017. Since moving to the Phoenix metropolitan area, Ben has become one of the city’s most in demand bassists. He plays regularly with the jazz sextet, Running from Bears with saxophonists Eric Rasmussen, Adam Roberts and Keith Kelly, Guitarist Jeff Libman, and Drummer Ryan Anthony. He has also performed with Mike Kocour, Dom Moio, Bill Moio, Joe Gallivan, Mark Fewer, Allan Chase, Lucas Pino, Joe Locke, and Chris Cheek.

Erik Teichmann is an independent music professional and web designer, who performs in a wide variety of groups throughout the Phoenix area.

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