Tuesday, August 27, 2013
A program of modern jazz by Lewis/Gregory/Wiltout will kick off the 2013-14 St. John the Beloved Concert Series on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 4 p.m.
The trio features Robert Lewis on saxophone, Gerald Gregory on piano and Ron Wiltrout on drums. This trio plays regularly in the Charleston area and is known for its freewheeling, improvisational style.
Based in Charleston, saxophonist Robert Lewis is in demand as an artist and clinician. Lewis plays regularly with this trio and other groups, and is also the lead alto player of the acclaimed Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO). Robert Lewis writes many arrangements and compositions for the CJO and his smaller groups. Lewis recently wrote a widely-acclaimed jazz suite for the CJO on Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. He is also the Director of Jazz Studies at the College of Charleston.
Gerald Gregory is a versatile, well-respected pianist in the Charleston area who is fast making a name for himself along the East Coast. Gregory recently performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a program featuring Grammy-Award winning singer, Erykah Badu. Gregory also performs with the Charleston Latin Jazz Collective as well as the Charleston Jazz Orchestra.
Ron Wiltrout is also a member of the Charleston Latin Jazz Collective and the Charleston Jazz Orchestra. Wiltrout is a top drummer in the area and also a founding member and composer for the New Music Collective. Wiltrout’s eclectic tastes and thoughtful approach compliment his wide range of artistic endeavors.
All three performers are composers and arrangers, and this concert will feature their takes on jazz and popular favorites, as well as their own original compositions. Lewis/Gregory/Wiltrout released their first album, “First Takes” in 2010 featuring covers and originals. The CD will be available at the concert and is widely distributed online.
The trio will be joined on a few numbers by guest soprano, Jill Terhaar Lewis. Terhaar Lewis is a classically trained musician who has recorded a crossover album, “And Now I Know,” with Lewis and Gregory. The CD, released in 2010, features covers of jazz, popular, folk songs, and hymns. Terhaar Lewis is a respected soloist and an Associate Professor of Music at Charleston Southern University.
This program is given as a gift to the community through the St. John the Beloved Concert Series. Donations will help to continue to support the concert series. Patrons should pay as they are able; those who cannot donate are still warmly welcomed. For more information, contact St. John the Beloved Music at (843) 873-0631 x15.
The Church of Saint John the Beloved is located at 28 Sumter Ave. in downtown Summerville.