Find Your Voice Concert at Lincoln Hall Featuring John Patitucci

Written by on January 30, 2017

The “Find Your Voice” concert Friday, January 27, 2017 continued a PSU Music Department yearly tradition of bringing a renowned figure from the jazz world to mentor and perform with PSU’s jazz students. This was a night that those in attendance won’t soon forget. And for a few fortunate young PSU Jazz students, it was a night they will never  forget, for they had the privilege of sharing the stage with one of the great jazz bassists of our time, John Patitucci.
The show opened with a beautiful set from the “Phrases Project”, featuring PSU professors Darrell Grant on piano, Jeff Baker-Vocals, Ken Ollis-drums, Derek Sims-trumpet, Joe Manis-tenor, John Nastos-alto (and a borrowed bassist Dylan Sunstrom).

There was a large ensemble section as well with too many players to list, but they were great as well.

After a short intermission, Professor Grant introduced John Patitucci. John played with a small ensemble of PSU students consisting of Julian Lopez-piano, Nicole McCabe-saxophone, Quin Walker- trumpet, Enzo Irace-guitar, Cory Limuaco- drums. These fresh faced youngsters were clearly in awe to be playing with such a master, but also in command of their senses and all played marvelous solos that I’m sure made their professors proud.
If you don’t know John Patitucci’s work, you should. He’s played with everyone under the sun, been a constant presence in Chick Corea’s bands, fronts his own bands, and has also been an influential jazz educator. You should learn to know the man as well. He was humble, humorous and clearly enjoyed being on stage with these young musicians. His playing of solo’s on both the six string electric and the upright made it seem as though the strings were made of liquid. Amazing…
The concert closed with a trio format with PSU professors, in the persons of George Colligan-piano, Chris Brown-drums joining John in a spirited romp through a Colligan tune and more.  Excellence ruled the night!
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