Ariel Pocock & Chad Eby May 4, 8:00 pm
In The Crown at the Carolina!
Ariel Pocock and Chad Eby bring a fresh, unpredictable, and intimate duo concert to The Crown! Since first joining forces in 2017, Ariel and Chad have delighted audiences across the region with their synergy and wit as members of the Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra and a host of other ensembles. In their first duo performance, they’ll present new original songs plus unexpected surprises by Harry Connick, Jr., Keith Jarrett, Miles Davis, and more. And it all happens in the up-close-and personal and intimate confines of The Crown…don’t miss it!
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25-year-old Ariel Pocock has received international acclaim as an equally captivating jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer. Ariel‘s notable performances as a headline act include the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the 2014 Jazz Cruise, the Tokyo Jazz Festival, the Quebec City International Jazz Festival, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and many more.
Ariel‘s original compositions and songs draw inspiration from a wide array of sources: Cuban and Brazilian folk music, the Great American Songbook, modern jazz composers such as Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau, and songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, and Paul Simon.
Ariel‘s second album, Living in Twilight, was released worldwide on June 9th, 2017 on Justin Time Records. The album “…demonstrates levels of stylistic and emotional breadth and artistic depth that few of Pocock’s peers can match” (Ottawa Gazette). Recorded in Montréal in December 2016 and produced by Matt Pierson, the record features in demand Montréal musicians Jim Doxas (drums), Adrian Vedady (bass) and special guest, New York based guitarist, Chico Pinheiro one of the leading figures in the modern Brazilian Jazz scene. The song selection is original, thoughtful and surprising. Ranging from classic American Songbook fare – Ray Noble’s The Very Thought Of You and Cole Porter’s So In Love to Chick Corea’s 500 Miles and breathtaking interpretations of Adele’s Someone Like You and Sufjan Stevens To Be Alone With You presented here as an instrumental. Other stand outs include the
title track by The Weepies, Living in Twilight and the heartbreaking Kate McGarrigale penned Go Leave. Ariel’s chops as a composer/songwriter are on display with original’s Gonzalo’s Melody – and the reflective So Long. Living in Twilight spent over three weeks at #10 on the JazzWeek radio play charts, and Ariel continues to tour with her trio to promote the album.
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A Newhall, Iowa native, Chad Eby is a life-long student of music. Born in 1973, he began playing clarinet at the age of 11 and began studying the saxophone a year later. He went on to study music at Luther College, completing his degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas, then earning his master’s degree in Saxophone Performance from Ohio State University. While in Ohio he released his first album, “Triptych” (2001), gaining critical acclaim from AllAboutJazz.com and fellow saxophonists Branford Marsalis and Wessel Anderson. His second album,” Broken Shadows”, was released in
February of 2010, featuring Steve Haines, Jason Marsalis, Doug Wamble, and Branford Marsalis. “New Business” followed in 2012, centered around a suite of original compositions based on the visual art of Trenton Doyle Hancock. His newest release, “The Sweet Shel Suite: Music Inspired by Shel Silverstein”, received a four star rating from DownBeat magazine, and features his working quartet with trumpeter Brandon Lee, bassist Steve Haines, and drummer Daniel Faust.
Since 2006, Chad has taught in the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program at UNC-Greensboro, where he directs Jazz Ensemble I, teaches Jazz History and applied jazz lessons, and co-leads the Spartan Jazz Collective, a septet made up of faculty and a rotating cast of students. In 2015, he was honored with the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance’s Outstanding Teaching Award.
Eby is a D’Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist, a Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist, a clinician for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington program, and has been a featured guest artist/clinician at universities across the country. He lives in Greensboro, NC with his wife Carmen, who is a professional clarinetist, and their two children.
Tickets are $13 for Adults, $10 for Seniors, Students, and Military.
A $1 facility fee will be added to each ticket. Prices include NC sales tax.
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