The Jazz Listening Room

 

The Jazz Listening Room is a series of cabaret style jazz concerts featuring nationally and internationally known acts in an intimate setting. This year partnering with Chorum Hall to provide world class Jazz to the Baton Rouge Area.

 
 
 

The Jazz Listening Room Presents


 
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JOHN RILEY QUARTET

March 15, 2019

CHORUM HALL, 1024 EXECUTIVE PARK AVE. BATON ROUGE, LA 70806

Riley began playing drums at age eight, after receiving a snare drum as a gift. In the biographies provided to the media, Riley acknowledges the early support of his parents, John and Mary Ann. While attending fourth grade in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, Riley began studying percussion privately with Thomas Sicola, Jr. (b. Mar. 1944), who, at that time, was a recent graduate of the New York College of Music (bachelor of music) and a music teacher in the nearby Cranford Township Public Schools.

While studying with Sicola, Riley gained control of the snare drum through work on the rudiments ("beats of the day"), reading, and coordination — both in the classical and jazz idioms. Sicola trained John on a variety of traditional percussion instruments, including xylophone, timpani, and drum kit. At age twelve, Riley began playing in rock bands and heard his first jazz recordings: (i) the soundtrack to The Gene Krupa Story and (ii) Max Roach's Conversation. Two years later, he played his first professional gig, which he obtained through an audition played over the telephone. Riley began studying with Joe Morello in 1971 after meeting him at a drum symposium.

Riley graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in 1971 and enrolled at the University of North Texas.

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SIMON LOTT QUARTET

March 1, 2019

CHORUM HALL, 1024 EXECUTIVE PARK AVE. BATON ROUGE, LA 70806

Drummer & beyond, Simon Lott was born on January 6, 1982 and has been making music professionally for 21 years.  His career as a versatile drummer began in Louisiana at age 14 in Baton Rouge & New Orleans.  He completed an B.A. in English Literature in 2002.  At age 23, he moved to New York City after the destructive Hurricane Katrina & began touring internationally.  2 years later, he returned to the South and has been living in New Orleans since.  

He fashioned his first album of original music at age 18, an instrumental jazz recording called "In The Parking Lott of Swing."  Then at age 23 completed his second album of original music entitled "Things."  Things stepped into other facets of music: hip-hop, electronica, funk, rock, R&B, and included bits of vocals and a heavy amount of post-production and "cutting-&-pasting" of live recorded tracks mixed with composition and improvisation, highlighting Lott's skills as composer as well as producer.  The music was recorded in 2002 and was slowly edited over 3 years.  

At the age of 25, Simon began home recording and experimenting more with synthesizers and effects pedals.  At age 28, he created a home studio called THE EARSE in New Orleans where he cultivated two alteregos-- Context Killer and Diamond Kinkade

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LARRY SIEBERTH

April 26, 2019

CHORUM HALL, 1024 EXECUTIVE PARK AVE. BATON ROUGE, LA 70806

Pianist, composer and producer Lawrence Sieberth is at home in virtually any musical setting. While based in jazz, Lawrence’s musical vision is not limited by genre barriers — he prefers to integrate the many facets of music and performance into an engaging, inclusive experience. His own neo-bop improvisations and experimental inclinations combine with his classical and world music influences providing an extensive musical vocabulary for both performances and compositions for television, film and stage.


His local ensembles vary from New Orleans traditional to questing improvisations, from the avant-garde to mainstream jazz and R&B. He has performed at virtually every venue in New Orleans, from small clubs to the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival where he has been a regular featured artist and musical director of over 30 years. His collaborations with notable local performers include Johnny Adams, Charles Neville, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Tony Dagradi, John Vidacovich, Herlin Riley, Victor Goines, Don Vappie and Jason Marsalis.

Lawrence Sieberth has been a commissioner on the Louisiana Music Commission and was honored by New Orleans Magazine as outstanding contemporary jazz pianist. His CD Heartstrings was a finalist in Jazziz magazine’s ‘Keyboards on Fire’ special issue. Lawrence has received numerous grants including the Louisiana Artist Fellowship Award and Asante Award and is a recent recipient of the Community Partnership Grant sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

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