7:00 pm

November 15, 2017

Evan Jagels on bass, John Colonna on piano and Graeme Francis on drums.

John Colonna, Piano. John Colonna is a multi genre keyboard player based in New York. He grew up playing classical piano and then turned to jazz and improvisation. After attending the Berklee School of Music in Boston where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Composition, he played in many musical theater productions, including a number productions for the Lake Dillon Theater Company. He moved to New York City to receive his Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from NYU. He now teaching Piano and Music Theory at SUNY Oneonta and is a freelance pianist who plays in a multiplicity of styles and venues, from Renaissance Church in Harlem to his own piano trio.

Graeme Francis, Drums A native of Prince Edward Island, Canada, Graeme Francis received an Undergraduate degree in Honors Music Education from the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, a Masters in Percussion Performance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Francis is currently Adjunct Professor of Percussion at The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY, as well as Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta. He has been featured with such jazz luminaries as vibraphonist Ed Smith, trombonist Bill Watrous, bassist Chris Thomas, trumpeter Pete Rodriguez, and pianist Brent Watkins. Dr. Francis has performed both in Canada and the United States as one half of the Schumann-Francis piano/percussion duo, whose live performances from the Victoria Bach Festival have been broadcast nationally on American Public Media’s Performance Today. The Austin Critic’s Table named the Schumann-Francis Duo one of the Top Ten Classical Musical Treasures of 2011. As a highly sought after session musician, Mr. Francis has recorded a number of records for Austin recording studios including Star Seven Media, Congress House Studio, Church House Studio, Infinity Studios, 12th Street Sound, and Blue Rock Studios, in addition to major recordings for the Gasparo, Parma, Navona, and Naxos labels. Upcoming releases include a new commission by Revel from composer Stephen Barber, which was premiered and recorded in the summer of 2016. Additionally, a new record from the Doc Watkins Trio, Swingin’ From San Antonio is now available from iTunes, Google Play, and other online retailers.

Evan Jagels, Bass Evan is a versatile musician, and while he is most frequently performing in the area with the Hop City Hellcats and Mopar Cams, his foundation is in jazz. Evan earned his Master of Arts in Jazz Performance from the City University of New York, Queens College, where he was the recipient of the Michael Feinstein Award. He has also studied with Ron Carter, Buster Williams and Nilson Matta. Some of his performance highlights include the Uni-Jazz Festival in the Czech Republic, the Oneonta Jazz Festival with Ray Vega, B.B. Kings Blues Club in NYC, Blue Note in Dresden, Germany, and Flushing Town Hall in Queens. Also an educator, Evan has taught for the New York Summer Music Festival and Jazz Connect at Flushing Town Hall and is adjunct professor of bass and jazz ensemble at Hartwick College