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Piano Jazz Host Presents Evolution of Jazz at Schorr Stage

From Goodwill Theatre:

Jon Weber, host of NPRs Piano Jazz program, will perform his evolution of Jazz show Joplin to Jarrett at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Sunday, November 24 at 2 PM. The Goodwill Theatre’s 2013-2014 Music Hall Series is sponsored by the Doubletree Hotel.

Joplin to Jarrett will trace the progression of Jazz piano through eleven decades, illustrating the influences of one artist on another through Weber’s expert narration and masterful musicianship.

As a teenager, composer/pianist Weber's prodigious quintet opened up for jazz luminaries Pat Metheny, Freddie Hubbard and Buddy Rich. Weber’s newest CD, SIMPLE COMPLEX, was voted 2004's #1 Jazz CD by the Chicago Tribune, Swiss National Radio, Norwegian National Radio, Estonian National Radio and BBC Online. DownBeat calls SIMPLE COMPLEX "A great stride forward." Jazz UK voted him "Best New Star of 2005... Exceptional."

Weber has toured all over the world and received numerous honors for performance and composition. Gary Burton, Roy Hargrove, Eric Alexander, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, and Avishai Cohen have all recorded Weber’s music. He's recorded in Denmark, Switzerland, India, Australia & the USA, performing with distinction as a sideman to Benny Golson, David "Fathead" Newman, Clark Terry and many more. Weber has performed to a sold-out Carnegie Hall six times and scored extensively for television since 1987.

CNN, BET, CNBC, Bravo Arts, NPR, Voice of America, Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Birdland, The Blue Note, Lincoln Center and the BBC have profiled Weber’s unique musical depth and vast knowledge of his craft. UK’s Jazz Journal International writes; “Jon Weber is a virtuoso pianist with outstanding technique plus boundless imagination and enthusiasm who is bound to make a big impression on the international jazz scene.” Weber lives in New York City and frequently served as guest host for Marian McPartland on NPR's "Piano Jazz," and now hosts "Piano Jazz with Jon Weber."

“Jon was here earlier this season with Kathy Kosin’s To the Ladies of Cool, and he is in Lauren Fox’s show Canyon Folkies,” says Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “We are very fortunate to have such a dynamic and knowledgeable musician in our midst three times this year. You will not want to miss his solo show.”

Tickets for Joplin to Jarrett are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students. You can purchase tickets on their website: www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, located at 46-48 Willow Street in Johnson City, accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. Doors open approximately one hour before show time. General Seating is based on a first-come; first-served policy. Refreshments will be available for sale.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is the first performance venue of the Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts Complex & Professional Training Facility. It is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. Patrons are advised to enter the facility through the parking lot on Corliss Avenue. Parking is available in a small lot at the theatre, and a new lot along the side of the building, on-street, and in various Village municipal lots within two blocks of the theatre. For more information, interested persons can contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit: www.goodwilltheatre.net.
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