Mid-July brings jazz classics to the Arizona Senior Academy when the Gus Woodrow Trio takes the stage on Tuesday (July 17) at 11:30 a.m. 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.
The Gus Woodrow Trio takes its name from its guitarist, who most recently appeared at the ASA with the Fred Fox Jazz Ensemble. Having just completed his music degree at the University of Arizona, he continues to perform with musicians from the Tucson music scene. Trio members include bass guitarist Patrick Morris and drummer Casey Hadland.
Woodrow began playing guitar at age 7 during which time he was obsessed with the Beatles, and he now enjoys composing as well as performing. His notable musical achievements in recent years include an appearance as solo performer on NPR’s “From the Top” and winning the 2014 National Young Artists Competition, leading 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. He studied percussion and composition at the University of Arizona, but admits that his biggest musical influences came from listening to his dad’s old jazz records when he was young.
The Gus Woodrow Trio performs at Maynard’s Kitchen in downtown Tucson every other Friday.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer