GENEVA, N.Y.—Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Geneva Concerts, Inc., will welcome the Judy Carmichael Trio featuring Genevans Michael Hashim and Chris Flory at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St. in Geneva.
Centered on Carmichael's powerful stride piano, this group brings a unique and exciting flavor to the classic jazz of Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and others. With virtuoso saxophonist Michael Hashim and world-renowned guitarist Chris Flory, both former Genevans, the Trio has thrilled audiences in the Far East, Europe, and throughout North America since 1987.
Carmichael is one of a handful of musicians who approach jazz from a perspective of its entire history. She began studying piano when her grandfather offered $50 to the first grandchild who could play “Maple Leaf Rag.” She played music for the first time professionally when she was 19 and was a ragtime pianist at Disneyland when she discovered stride piano. In 1980 she made her recording debut on Progressive. She recorded more sets for Progressive/Statiras and most recently for her own label, C&D. The National Endowment for the Arts rewarded Carmichael's knowledge of jazz piano with a major grant to present early jazz greats on film and to discuss the history and development of jazz piano with college students across the country.
Carmichael tours frequently with her trio (Mike Hashim on saxophone and Chris Flory on guitar) and her quintet (Mike Hashim, Chris Flory, and Joel Helleny on trombone and Ed Ornowski on drums).
Because of Hobart and William Smith Colleges' continuing subscription to Geneva Concerts, Inc., students from the Colleges who wish to attend the concert may do so for free with ID; adult tickets are $20.
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