Jazz Piano Trio to perform at ISU March 19

March 11 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Terre Haute’s Jazz Piano Trio will perform in conjunction with Indiana State University’s Jazz Artist Series at 7:30 p.m. March 19 in the Recital Hall of the Center for Performing Arts, located at the corner of Seventh and Chestnut streets.

The group consists of three of Terre Haute’s busier musicians -- pianist John Spicknall, bassist Todd Gallagher and drummer John DiCenso, who have been working as a unit since the fall of 2005 when they began performing at the “Coffee Break” on Wabash Avenue.

The musicians began working on arrangements of “Great American Song Book” repertory and jazz standards that they continue to grow and develop. The band has often appeared backing up guest musicians at Indiana State including performances with Bobby Shew, Jim Ketch, and Jim Perry.

Among the works to be performed will be “Morning” and “Pensitiva” by Clare Fischer, Cole Porter’s “It’s All Right With Me,” Tadd Dameron’s “If You Could See Me Now,” and other tunes by Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, and Bill Evans.

DiCenso grew up in a musical family in the Boston area, playing in high school concert and stage bands as well as earning first-chair parts in regional jazz bands. He played in his college’s big band and was an active working drummer in Boston’s general business music industry through his late teens, 20s, and early 30s. DiCenso is vice president and general manager of LANDstone Building Products and also performs with the Mike Rolle band.

Gallagher teaches bass at both Indiana State and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and plays in several regional symphony orchestras including Danville, Champaign and Lafayette. He recently completed his RN degree and he is employed as a nurse in his hometown of Danville, Ill.

Spicknall, professor emeritus of music, continues to teach jazz piano at Indiana State in an adjunct position. He also is visiting professor of jazz piano at DePauw University, co-principal clarinet in the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, and house pianist at Stables Restaurant.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the ISU Music Department at 812-237-2772.

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Contact: John Spicknall, jspicknall@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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Terre Haute's Jazz Piano Trio will perform in conjunction with Indiana State University's Jazz Artist Series at 7:30 p.m. March 19 in the Recital Hall of the Center for Performing Arts, located at the corner of Seventh and Chestnut streets.

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