The next Sundown Jazz Concert on Sunday, November 16 at 4 p.m. will present the Glenn Holmes Trio with Drene Ivy on piano, Paul Samuels on drums and Glenn Holmes on bass.
The performance will take place in Drinko Recital Hall, located in Cleveland State University’s Music and Communication Building at the corner of East 21st Street and Euclid Avenue. As always, the concert is free and open to the public.
Glenn Holmes is a native Clevelander who earned degrees in String Bass & Music Theory from Miami University (Ohio) and a Master of Music degree in Theory/Composition from Wichita State University. He has performed as a guest soloist in both the classical and jazz idioms, is a former member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and is a published composer. Past performances have included associations with Andy Narell, Keith Copeland, Eddie Daniels, Joe Williams, Jimmie Heath, Benny Bailey, Clark Terry, and Cindy Blackman, to name only a few.
Holmes is an adjunct faculty member at Cleveland State University and also teaches at the Cleveland Music School Settlement. As a freelance musician he is working with the Eric Gould Trio, the Bill Ransom Quintet and the Jazz Heritage Orchestra.
Pianist Drene Ivy studied piano at the Cleveland Music School Settlement and the Cleveland Institute of Music. By the age of 21 he had already performed on six albums; he is the composer of over 200 songs spanning a wide range of genres, including gospel, classical, easy listening, jazz and Latin jazz. Ivy is also an accomplished playwright. His current work, Saved, is a musical drama for the Easter season spanning from Biblical antiquity to modern church times.
Ivy has been an instructor of jazz composition and techniques and piano theory for the Houston Board of Education, and has taught Jazz History at Cleveland State. He has appeared as guest clinician at the famed Edwin Hawkins & Walter Hawkins Music & Arts Seminar, where he served as staff clinician teaching keyboard performance.
Drummer Paul Samuels grew up in Cleveland Heights and studied with percussionist Robert Matson of the Cleveland Orchestra and drummer Bob McKee. Playing drums in and around the Cleveland area, he was influenced by local musicians Lawrence “Jacktown” Jackson, Greg Bandy, Lamar Gaines, Bill DeArango, Jamey Haddad, Val Kent, Skip Hadden, Ace Carter and Neal Creque. He has recorded, performed or toured internationally with musicians such as James Moody, David “Fathead” Newman, Pat Martino, Jack McDuff and popular rhythm and blues artist Gerald Levert. He currently devotes his time to teaching for the Jazz Studies Program at Oberlin College. His debut CD, Speak, features Greg Osby on saxophone, Dan Wall on organ, and Jamie Haddad on percussion.
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