October 27, 2009

By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Jazz at Bucknell First Wednesdays series will present pianist Joanne Brackeen in concert on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.

The program, "The Solo Piano Standard," is free and open to the public.

Picasso of jazz piano
Brackeen has been called the "Picasso of Jazz Piano," according to series director Phil Haynes. "She is brilliant playing both jazz standards and her own original compositions. Her solo concerts are a rare treat anytime and, when combined with the intimacy of Bucknell Hall, Brackeen's performance should not be missed."

A consistent innovator and prolific writer, Brackeen has created a library of more than 300 original works. Like Picasso, she has gravitated toward a panoply of hues and creative approaches over the course of her career - from bop to Latin to avant-garde abstraction and beyond.

Provocative and alluring music
Her music is boldly provocative and alluring to band members and fans alike. Haynes notes, "Greg Osby, Javon Jackson, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, Al Foster and Billy Hart are just a few of the illustrious musicians who have shared the honor of playing Brackeen's compositions."

Brackeen, who teaches at Berklee College of Music in Boston, has received two grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, as well as State Department sponsorship for a mid-'80s tour of the Middle East and Europe. She was included in Ken Burns' TV documentary "Jazz" and Robert L. Doerschuk's "88 Giants of Jazz Piano." 

She has received a Berklee Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education, an Outstanding Educator Award and the Living Legend Award from International Women in Jazz, and the ABI award for Woman of the Year 2001. For more information or to hear music samples, visit Joanne Brackeen.

Produced by Phil Haynes, Jazz at Bucknell is a chamber series conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the avant-garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition.

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