11:30-12:30 am, Arizona Senior Academy Building
The Gus Woodrow Trio presents jazz classics ranging from sparkling ballads to electrified up-tempo swing. Listeners can expect to hear some of their favorite tunes in this concert that honors the legacy of great jazz guitarists such as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Django Reinhardt, and others for an interactive celebration of jazz
Taking its name from lead guitarist Gus Woodrow, the Trio also features bass guitarist Patrick Morris and drummer Casey Hadland. They are all active in the Tucson music scene and play together regularly at Maynard’s Kitchen in downtown Tucson every other Friday.
Woodrow began playing guitar at age 7 during which time he was obsessed with the Beatles. A graduate of the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music, he now enjoys composing as well as performing. His notable musical achievements in recent years include an appearance as solo performer on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” and winning the 2014 National Young Artists Competition, which led to a performance at the New World Symphony Center in Miami. He has also toured internationally, playing concerts in Holland, Germany, England and France.
Morris is an Arizona-born bassist and educator. He earned his undergraduate degree in performance and jazz composition from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has been a guest instructor at IAM Music Institute in Durango, CO. He is known for his creative basslines and stylistic versatility and has toured the U.S. and Mexico.
Hadland is a Tucson-based drummer whose joy in playing captivates audiences, taking them on an emotional journey through the music. He attended the University of Arizona where he studied piano, marimba, jazz vibraphone, auxiliary percussion, composition and arranging, but admits that his biggest musical influences came from listening to his dad’s old jazz records when he was young.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer