Jazz in the Basement: Steve Arnold and Friends

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

Jazz in the Basement: Steve Arnold and Friends

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 2 p.m.

Bassist Steve Arnold, saxophonist Sarah Hughes, and drummer Kelton Norris will perform an afternoon of jazz at the library as part of the Jazz in the Basement series.
 
Jazz in the Basement is a concert series featuring local artists, coordinated with the assistance of volunteers Bertrand Uberall and John Cook. The concerts are intended to highlight young artists, new composers, or unique jazz sounds to broaden the listening landscape of our Washington, D.C. audiences. DC Public Library is a proud supporter of our local music community and looks forward to expanding valuable resources to assist musicians in their creative and professional endeavors.
 
Stephen Arnold is a bassist, composer and educator based in Washington, D.C. Originally from Greenfield, MA, he graduated from George Washington University in 2017, where he double-majored in English and music and studied the upright and electric bass with Herman Burney. As a composer, Arnold takes a good deal of inspiration from literature, cinema and the characters in his own life. In addition to performing in standard jazz groups in venues throughout the city, he also serves as bassist and composer for the band ¡FIASCO!, fiction-music ensemble The New World, and is the bandleader for his newest original project, Stephen Arnold and Sea-Change. Regardless of the setting, Arnold brings inspired energy and emotional passion to the music he plays.
 
Sarah Hughes is an alto saxophonist, doubling on flute and clarinet, from Pasadena, Maryland. She is also a composer of ensemble music as well as electronic music for solo artist.  Sarah has been a music educator for over 10 years, but she considers herself first and foremost a free improviser, creating within, on top of, and despite many genre frameworks including jazz, experimental composition and noise, swing, blues, folk, rap and hip-hop, and rock. Sarah prefers to emote onstage in the most expressive and readily available way possible. Sarah received a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Maryland in 2008 where she studied with the brilliant classical saxophonist, Dale Underwood. She taught beginning band and strings programs in Prince George’s County for five years before leaving the DMV to earn a master’s degree in jazz saxophone performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston. She studied there with Jerry Bergonzi, Ran Blake, Anthony Coleman, and Donny McCaslin.  From that experience, Sarah acquired an expanded vocabulary for improvising on her saxophone and met many young artists who influenced her personhood profoundly.
 
With the roots of his performance career in a church in the rural town of Raleigh, MS, and an educational background that includes a music education degree and a Master's in jazz performance, Kelton Norris is, without doubt, a force to be reckoned with in the areas of both jazz performance and education. Titled Best Drummer by Washington City Paper in 2016—an article that noted the talented musician’s "sharp ears and joyful rhythmic precision"—Norris draws from his experiences as a performer in New Orleans and Chicago, as well as influences from other noted musicians such as Chad Anderson, Ronald Carter, Fareed Haque, Thad Wilson, Victor Provost and Tarus Mateen. Norris has appeared on stages at well-noted venues such as Chicago’s Jazz Showcase and Andy’s Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Indianapolis’ Jazz Kitchen, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Bohemian Caverns, Blues Alley and many other venues throughout the D.C. metropolitan area and Midwest. Currently, Norris lives in the D.C. metropolitan area, where he can be seen performing regularly at various music venues. His teaching extends beyond his private studio as a private lessons teacher at Sidwell Friends School, Holy Trinity Episcopal School and School of Rock.

Add to Calendar 15-03-2020 14:00:00 15-03-2020 15:00:00 Jazz in the Basement: Steve Arnold and Friends Bassist Steve Arnold, saxophonist Sarah Hughes, and drummer Kelton Norris will perform an afternoon of jazz at the library as part of the Jazz in the Basement series.   Jazz in the Basement is a concert series featuring local artists, coordinated with the assistance of volunteers Bertrand Uberall and John Cook. The concerts are intended to highlight young artists, new composers, or unique jazz sounds to broaden the listening landscape of our Washington, D.C. audiences. DC Public Library is a proud supporter of our local music community and looks forward to expanding valuable resources to assist musicians in their creative and professional endeavors.   Stephen Arnold is a bassist, composer and educator based in Washington, D.C. Originally from Greenfield, MA, he graduated from George Washington University in 2017, where he double-majored in English and music and studied the upright and electric bass with Herman Burney. As a composer, Arnold takes a good deal of inspiration from literature, cinema and the characters in his own life. In addition to performing in standard jazz groups in venues throughout the city, he also serves as bassist and composer for the band ¡FIASCO!, fiction-music ensemble The New World, and is the bandleader for his newest original project, Stephen Arnold and Sea-Change. Regardless of the setting, Arnold brings inspired energy and emotional passion to the music he plays.   Sarah Hughes is an alto saxophonist, doubling on flute and clarinet, from Pasadena, Maryland. She is also a composer of ensemble music as well as electronic music for solo artist.  Sarah has been a music educator for over 10 years, but she considers herself first and foremost a free improviser, creating within, on top of, and despite many genre frameworks including jazz, experimental composition and noise, swing, blues, folk, rap and hip-hop, and rock. Sarah prefers to emote onstage in the most expressive and readily available way possible. Sarah received a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Maryland in 2008 where she studied with the brilliant classical saxophonist, Dale Underwood. She taught beginning band and strings programs in Prince George’s County for five years before leaving the DMV to earn a master’s degree in jazz saxophone performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston. She studied there with Jerry Bergonzi, Ran Blake, Anthony Coleman, and Donny McCaslin.  From that experience, Sarah acquired an expanded vocabulary for improvising on her saxophone and met many young artists who influenced her personhood profoundly.   With the roots of his performance career in a church in the rural town of Raleigh, MS, and an educational background that includes a music education degree and a Master's in jazz performance, Kelton Norris is, without doubt, a force to be reckoned with in the areas of both jazz performance and education. Titled Best Drummer by Washington City Paper in 2016—an article that noted the talented musician’s "sharp ears and joyful rhythmic precision"—Norris draws from his experiences as a performer in New Orleans and Chicago, as well as influences from other noted musicians such as Chad Anderson, Ronald Carter, Fareed Haque, Thad Wilson, Victor Provost and Tarus Mateen. Norris has appeared on stages at well-noted venues such as Chicago’s Jazz Showcase and Andy’s Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Indianapolis’ Jazz Kitchen, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Bohemian Caverns, Blues Alley and many other venues throughout the D.C. metropolitan area and Midwest. Currently, Norris lives in the D.C. metropolitan area, where he can be seen performing regularly at various music venues. His teaching extends beyond his private studio as a private lessons teacher at Sidwell Friends School, Holy Trinity Episcopal School and School of Rock. false DD/MM/YYYY