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TICKETS are $10 General/$5 Student.
Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from the Wells Philanthropic Services provided by grants from the John, Anna, and Martha Jane Fields Memorial Trust Foundation and the Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust, The Esther and George Jaruga Charitable Foundation, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County's ArtsEverywhere initiative, and the Arts Project Support Grant and Arts Recovery Grant through the Indiana Arts Commission.
Michael Hudson-Casanova is originally from Sterling Heights, MI. He honed his skills as a saxophonist, composer and improviser at Western Michigan University and Temple University. MHC worked professionally in Michigan while attending Western Michigan University, He was involved in many interdisciplinary projects in west Michigan which included dance and multimedia, along with his original music. He recently moved to Chicago after four years on the Philadelphia music scene. He is happy to be home in the midwest after releasing his debut album as a leader, Echoes of Thought, which features his Philadelphia sextet.
Ben Dillinger is an upright and electric bassist, composer, and educator who has been working professionally in Chicago for the past 10 years. His formal training is in jazz performance and composition, but has also performed in many different musical settings including classical, musical theater, rock, and popular music. As an educator he has taught at Roosevelt University, Morton College, and The Chicago High School of Performing Arts (ChiArts), both in private lessons and in a classroom setting.
Drummer Matt Smalligan is a Chicago based musician and lessons teacher. Originally from the Grand Rapids area, Matt had the opportunity to grow up in a musical household influenced by his father’s rock band. Under the direction of Keith Hall, Judy Moonert, Billy Hart, Jeremy Siskind, Andrew Rathbun, and Scott Cowan, he received a Bachelor’s in Music through Western Michigan University’s Jazz Studies program. In both Chicago and Michigan, he has performed and recorded with a wide variety of musicians, including The Chicago Children’s Choir, Sam Pilnick Group, and Neil Carson Trio.
The Trio will Feature their new album Echoes of Thought. An except from the liner notes by Norman David… buy the album!
“Echoes of Thought is Hudson-Casanova’s first album as a leader. The program flows with a provocative array of ideas and moods, his compositions featuring arresting melodic lines and imaginative development.”
“A distinctive jazz artist will reflect the ingenuity of the tradition while presenting a fresh voice that is current, relevant and exhilarating. Michael Hudson-Casanova succeeds in every respect. Echoes of Thought is a wonderful debut album and a portent of plenty more fantastic creativity from this formidable musician.”