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. All performances will take place at Chorum Hall.

The Jazz Listening Room Presents:


Dave Stryker Quartet

October 22, 2019


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Dave Stryker. Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker fronting his own group (with 30 CD’s as a leader to date), or as a featured sideman with, Stanley Turrentine and Jack McDuff, you know why Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls him "one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.

Dave’s new CD “Eight Track III” has stayed at #1 on the JazzWeek Radio Chart for 6 straight weeks and received 4 stars in Downbeat.

"When it comes to ultracool & hip jazz, guitarist Dave Stryker is at the very TOP of the list… what an absolutely fun album. The album opener, “Move on Up“, alone, makes it well worth purchasing the full album. Jared’s organ just KICKS IT OUT on this superb tune! Stevie Wonder’s “Too High” is one of the best performances of the tune I’ve ever heard. The recording is just flawless. I give Dave & his superb players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 out of 5.” Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews

Hot House magazine awarded Dave the Best Guitarist Fans Decision for 2017. He was recently voted once again as one of the top Jazz Guitarists in the 2019 Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls. Dave’s new CD “Eight Track III” has stayed at #1 on the JazzWeek Radio Chart for 6 straight weeks and received 4 stars in Downbeat. Stryker grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, moved to New York City in 1980, and joined organist Jack McDuff’s group (1984-85). From 1986 to 1995, Stryker played with tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. He has also performed with Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Kevin Mahogany, Steve Slagle and many others.

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Michael Pellara-piano

James Singleton-bass

McClenty Hunter-drums

Bill Grimes Swings Into The Holidays

December 3, 2019


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William Grimes (E. & D. White Professor of Jazz Studies). Grimes is a widely respected virtuoso jazz bassists. Referred to by Gene Lees as . . . “a formidable bassist” . . . . Grimes has worked with such jazz legends as Joe Pass, Bobby Shew, Terrance Blanchard, and Bill Dobbins. He has made numerous recordings, including an album entitled Dream Dancing, featuring his own trio, and a duo album with pianist Willis Delony entitled Civilized Conversations. His latest recording project is Bill Grimes and Friends-Christmas Remembered.

Grimes is one of the nation’s leading pops orchestra arrangers — with more than 100 scores to his credit — and conductors. He is a regular conductor with the Huntsville (AL) Symphony, and has led the Minnesota Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and Baton Rouge Symphony on many occasions. He arranged and conducted an album of Gershwin classics, S’Wonderful, which featured trombonist Harry Watters and the Czech Philharmonic. His orchestral arrangements are routinely heard with The Beach Boys and jazz artist Byron Stripling.

He earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and graduate degrees, (MM, DMA) from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He is a former student of bassist James Vandemark, Bill Dobbins and Rayburn Wright.

Bass - Bill Grimes

Piano - Willis Delony

Trumpet - Brian Shaw

Vocals - Fr. Greg Daigle

Drums - TBA

Mark Zaleski - A Tribute to Dave Brubeck

January 8, 2020



Internationally touring musician, Mark Zaleski, has distinguished himself as a uniquely dynamic soloist, multi-instrumentalist, and band leader. He has performed with a diverse group of notable artists including Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Ian Anderson, Connie Francis, Mahmoud Ahmed, Rakalam Bob Moses, Lake Street Dive, Louis Cole, the Either/Orchestra, Jason Palmer, and.  At the young age of 34, he has established faculty positions at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and Longy School of Music at Bard College.

 Growing up in the small town of Boylston, MA, Zaleski was influenced by the musical tastes of his friends, family, and teachers. His parents were fans of rock and pop music from the 1960’s and 1970’s like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Temptations and Stevie Wonder. His friends were fans of punk and metal bands of the 1990’s like Nirvana, Metallica, and Pearl Jam. His brother, Glenn Zaleski, and his music teachers listened to jazz artists such as Dave Brubeck, Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Cannonball Adderley, and John Coltrane.

 His unique approach to jazz led him to become the first alto saxophonist selected to the prestigious Dave Brubeck Institute Fellowship Program in Stockton, CA in 2003. Zaleski spent those two years performing with his virtuosic peers and learning from established pros such as Bobby Watson, Ndugu Chancler, Conrad Herwig, Eric Harland, Greg Tardy, Rufus Reid, Robin Eubanks, and Mic Gillette. Upon completion of the Brubeck Institute, Mark continued his studies at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. It was at the New England Conservatory that he was able to study with some of the most influential teachers of his life, Charlie Banacos and Jerry Bergonzi.


Brad Walker Vs Extended Trio

March 11, 2019


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- Brad Walker is one of the most active and sought-after performers in the city of New Orleans. In addition to freelance work around the world with such luminaries as Bernard Purdie, George Porter, Jr., Leo Nocentelli, Marcia Ball, Valerie June, Rickie Lee Jones, and countless others, Brad has anchored the horn section for local stars Eric Lindell, Colin Lake, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, and Honey Island Swamp Band, to name a few. He has performed as sideman and leader many times at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, South by Southwest (SXSW), Farm Aid, French Quarter Festival, and other national showcases. In the fall of 2015 Brad was Guest Artist with the LSU Jazz Ensemble, and has joined the LSU Jazz Faculty on numerous occasions on their acclaimed ‘Hot Summer Nights and Cool Jazz’ summer concert series. In 2016 Brad was hired to lead the horn section for Nashville mega-star Sturgill Simpson, who was embarking on a world tour in support of his eventual Grammy- winning album ‘A Sailor’s Guide to Earth’. In addition to extensive domestic and international touring, Brad performed with Simpson on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and was a featured soloist on The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, and the 2017 Grammys telecast. Rolling Stone, NPR, Relix, and Variety all took note of his “soaring,” “energetic,” and “tasteful” soloing.

-EXTENDED is Brad Webb on drums, Matt Booth on bass, and Oscar Rossignoli on piano. All of them compose for the group, and with the particular musical personalities of the group foremost in mind — an approach that has thrilled locals and will likely soon reach audiences both nationally and internationally. What makes EXTENDED so exciting to the jazz community in New Orleans grows out of the way, together, they create, each with an awareness of each other, including plenty of space for improvisation and interpretation.

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