The Ari Brown - Marvin Sparks Quartet

The Ari Brown - Marvin Sparks Quartet

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

June 18th, Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & MatineeSeries presents the Ari Brown-Marvin Sparks Quartet featuring vocalist Triniece Robinson-Martin, Kirk Brown, piano and Yosef Ben Israel, bass, at the Redstone Room, in the RME on the corner of 2nd & Main in Davenport. A Jazz Demystifying Workshop begins at 3 pm, followed by a matinee concert from 6–8.
Versatility has characterized the career of Ari Brown, a Chicago-based reedman and occasional pianist who plays hard bop and post-bop as convincingly as he plays avant-garde jazz. After growing up on the city's South Side and graduating from high school in the early '60s, Brown attended Chicago's Wilson College, where he met Jack DeJohnette, Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, and others who would later become members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Brown played piano in mostly soul and blues bands until 1965 when he took up the sax and starting becoming seriously interested in jazz. In 1971, he joined AACM and made jazz his primary focus. Brown played sax on a few albums by a little-known group called the Awakening(who included bassist Rufus Reid), but after losing some teeth in a 1974 auto accident, he gave up playing the sax for about a year and played the piano exclusively. Brown made a full recovery, made the sax his main instrument once again and went on to work with players ranging fromMcCoy Tyner and Don Patterson to Sonny Stitt in the 1970s. The Chicagoan also kept busy during the 1980s, recording with Lester Bowie before being hired by Von Freeman, Bobby Watson, and Anthony Braxton(who hired him for his Charlie Parker Project). It was in 1989 that Brown began his lucrative membership in Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio. But as long a resume as Brown had as a sideman, he didn't record as a leader until 1995, when he provided the diverse Ultimate Frontier for Delmark.
Marvin R. Sparks, has worked throughout the United States as a percussionist, drummer, educator, consultant, writer, and producer. Professor Sparks serves on the faculties of Lone Star College-Kingwood/North Harris and Texas Southern University. Mr. Sparks holds a Bachelors of Music (Performance) from the University of Illinois-CU and a Masters of Art (Performance) from Eastern Illinois University. As a performer, Marvin has worked in various genres of the music industry including performances with The Color Purple, Ragtime, King and I, Max Roach, Roy Ayers, Lakewood Church Orchestra, and James Cleveland. Sparks has recorded over 200 commercials for Radio and TV as a writer, player, and producer. Many of his former students are leading pioneers in the music industry as educators and performers including Terreon Gully(Dianne Reeves, Christian McBride, Joe Locke), Taku Hirano (Cirque Du Soleil-Michael Jackson tour), Eric Harland (SF Jazz Collective), Kendrick Scott (Terrance Blanchard, Oracle), and Mark Colenburg (Robert Glasper). Mr. Sparks is featured on the Drummerworld website showcasing great drummers from around the world).
Returning home, Sparks recounts long-standing friendships: “After graduating and returning to Chicago in the late 70s, I explored many musical situations including recording jingles, theater performances (including various shows with Oscar Brown Jr.), and developed lasting musical relationships. One connection was with the great Famoudou Don Moye of the AACM which led to a chance meeting with Ari and Kirk Brown. We started getting together at Kirk’s house creating music and documenting these performances. These sessions were memorable and we would perform with many other groups with everyone traveling through various musical paths yet still meeting at different times along the way. Our musical connection has always been special. This performance for Polyrhythms is a reunion of “powerful” music that has been “brewing and cooking” for decades. It will be memorable and must see musical journey!”
Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin has dedicated her career to performing and developing resources for teaching jazz, gospel/Christian, R&B, rock, country, and pop singing styles in an applied/private voice lesson setting.

She completed her doctoral work at Teachers College Columbia University. Dr. Trineice holds master degrees in music education and jazz studies from Teachers College and Indiana University-Bloomington, respectively, B.A. from San Jose State University, and is a Level III Certified Instructor in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method. Dr. Trineice holds faculty positions at Princeton University as the jazz voice instructor and director of the Jazz Vocal Collective Ensembles I and II. She serves on the National Faculty in the academic division of Gospel Music Workshop of America, serves as a faculty member of the Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University, and serves as the Executive Director of the African American Jazz Caucus, Inc.

As an accomplished performer, teacher, and scholar, Dr. Trineice has traveled and taught students from all over the world and lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of Soul Ingredients® topics. Her performance experience spans a variety of musical styles, venues, and settings: the intimacy of private parties and local clubs, the grand stages of musical arts centers and large music festivals, and international stages. She has performed with concert choirs and chorales, large and small jazz ensembles, Latin music ensembles, corporate bands, a POP orchestra, and R&B groups, including international R&B recording group CHANGE and Standing in the Shadows of Motown Live.

She has taught music appreciation, music history, graduate level vocal jazz improvisation, applied vocal lessons and vocal coaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Dr. Trineice has authored for Journal of Singing, and has a chapter on gospel music pedagogy in "Teaching Singing in the 21st Century." Her upcoming publications: “Voice Training for the Gospel Soloist: Training the Voice,” and "So You Want To Sing Gospel" as part of the NATS book series.
Kirk Brown, keyboards/music production/sound designer, has been involved in the music industry for over twenty-five years. Over the years, He has worked with many recognized artists, including the late, great saxophonist, comedian, teacher, innovator, Eddie Harris, master saxophonist, Gary Bartz, avante-gard saxophonist, Kidd Jordan, John Coltrane's driving drummer, Elvin Jones, trumpet/historian, Wynton Marsalis, many members of the AACM, Don Moye, Henry Threadgill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Phil Upchurch, and the Muntu Dance Theatre.
Yosef Ben Israel's hallmark also is his versatility in performing a variety of musical styles including jazz, blues and the avant-garde, which has allowed him the opportunity to perform with a wide spectrum of noted artists including Willie Pickens, Clark Terry, Ramsey Lewis and Muhal Richard Abrams.
Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee Series at the RME’s Redstone Room, June 18th, features an all-ages workshop at 3 pm, and a matinee performance from 6-8 pm. Admission to the workshop is Free for Kids and $5 for adults. General admission for the 6 - 8 pm concert is $10 or $15 for reserved/VIP seating. For ticket information, call Polyrhythms:309 373-0790. For additional information, visit our
Doors open at 5:30 pm. Enjoy “Great Jazz – “LIVE” at the Redstone Room Sunday, June 18th, with The Ari Brown-Marvin Sparks Quartet featuring Triniece Robinson-Martin.
Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Series is made possible with major support of the RDA, the RME, QCArts and Visionary Arts as well as the support of Wells Fargo, Bowman Accounting, Peeples Heating & Air Conditioning, the Austin Family Charitable Fund, Cribbs Landscaping, Hotel Davenport, the Goldstein Family Foundation, Greatest Grains, Radio station KALA, and DJ Mixxin Mel.