WOMEN IN JAZZ: MARY PETRICH +  MARY LOUISE KNUTSON +  SHEILA EARLEY

PHX /// JAZZ

WOMEN IN JAZZ: MARY PETRICH + MARY LOUISE KNUTSON + SHEILA EARLEY

Tue, January 22, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Valley Bar

Phoenix, AZ

$10 Advance / $15 Day Of Show

This event is 21 and over

Three Women in Jazz:
Mary Petrich, Saxophone
Mary Louise Knutson, pianist/composer
Sheila Earley, drums

Joining forces to play original compositions and creative music.
Their music, both exciting and vibrant, explores mainstream approaches and open improvisations. Get down for a night of invention and creative collaboration!

MARY PETRICH
MARY PETRICH
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.
MARY LOUISE KNUTSON
MARY LOUISE KNUTSON
Jazz pianist-composer Mary Louise Knutson has been called "one of the most exciting 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’s latest trio CD, In the Bubble, charted in JazzWeek's Top 10 and remained in the Top 50 for 19 weeks straight. Six standards and four originals complete this accessible yet sophisticated mainstream-to-modern collection. Knutson is backed by longtime collaborators and Twin Cities rhythm icons bassist Gordon Johnson and drummer Phil Hey, with guest appearances by drummers Greg Schutte and Craig Hara.

Knutson tours regularly with former Tonight Show bandleader trumpeter Doc Severinsen (also featuring two-time Grammy-winner tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts), and has also toured the U.S. with her own group, the Mary Louise Knutson Trio, and Italy with vocalist Debbie Duncan. 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 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz International Pianist Competition. In 2004, Knutson was the recipient of Lawrence University's distinguished Nathan M. Pusey Alumni Achievement Award for significant contributions and achievements in a career field, and in 2001, Knutson’s debut jazz trio CD, Call Me When You Get There, charted in JazzWeek’s Top 50 for eight consecutive weeks and earned Knutson the award for Top New Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year from KWJL Radio in California.

Knutson has performed with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves, Kevin Mahogany, Nicholas Payton, Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Peter Erskine, Slide Hampton, and many more. She can be heard regularly with the Mary Louise Knutson Trio, or as a soloist, at clubs, festivals, and concert halls here and abroad; with area vocalists Connie Evingson and Debbie Duncan; and with a variety of instrumental groups including the JazzMN Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra.
SHEILA EARLEY
SHEILA EARLEY
Sheila Earley has spent four years in the Valley of the Sun now since relocating from New York City in 2014. While living in New York, she played with some great names and venues in Jazz including: Tom Harrell Quintet at The Bop Stop in Cleveland, OH, Marlena Shaw at the Blue Note, Norman Simmons and Paul Bollenbeck at the Blue Note, Skullers and Dizzy’s Coca Cola Jazz Club, Carole Sloane and her quartet at the Village Vanguard and many other venues all over the East Coast with The Duke Ellington Legacy Band. Sheila is originally from Wisconsin and attended both the U of A and ASU after high school. She performs throughout the valley with various jazz and latin groups including Sima and her all star trio, Judy Roberts and Greg Fishman, We3 and Carmela Ramirez’s groups.
Venue Information:
Valley Bar
130 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004
http://www.valleybarphx.com/