April 26, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Adams/Stetz & Haynes, the Susquehanna Valley's own classic jazz piano trio, will perform Saturday, May 5, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

This second annual concert is free to the public as part of the "Lewisburg Live" celebration hosted by the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership. It is sponsored jointly with Bucknell University's Jazz at Bucknell chamber series. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by the university.

The program will include "Come Sunday," "Caravan," and "African Flower" by Duke Ellington; "Nardis," "Very Early" and "For Nanette" by Bill Evans; as well as several original compositions by Steve Adams and Phil Haynes.

Great history of jazz

Adams/Stetz & Haynes was formed in the fall of 2004 to present the great history of jazz composer/pianists to the region, from Scott Joplin through Keith Jarrett and beyond. To hear this harmonically lush literature in the acoustic splendor of Bucknell Hall, with its beautiful Steinway grand piano, is a fabulous treat for jazz aficionados and newcomers alike.

Pianist Steve Adams was an original member of the David Rose Band, and has performed extensively with Cruel 4 Days, Jazzin', The Transcendants, and the Backbay Express Big Band. He has appeared with such international artists as David Liebman, Nelson Hill, Virginia Mayhew, and Jim Pugh.  

Bassist Bill Stetz has been featured in many of the region's best known bands including AAA Blues Band, Queen Bee and the Blue Hornet Band, The Earthtones, The Arthur Goldstein Group, New York guitarist Jim Yanda's Regional Cookin', and Averie Clarke's Cool Blue.

Percussionist/composer Phil Haynes has been featured on more than 40 releases by American and European record companies. Critics have compared his drumming to masters Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes and Elvin Jones, and his compositions to Ellington, Ives, Mingus and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Recently appointed Bucknell jazz artist-in-residence for 2007-08, he produces the Jazz At Bucknell international chamber series.

Posted April 26, 2007