Larry Willis

Larry Willis 10/26/18 & 10/27/18 Salina: How did you come to be such an amazing pianist?  Larry Willis: There was a piano in the house, and I had an older brother who was classically trained. I started out as a singer. I was a voice major at the High School of Music and Art and … Read more

Bill Charlap Trio

Bill Charlap Trio 6/29/18 & 6/30/18 Grammy award-winning pianist Bill Charlap has performed with many of the leading artists of our time including Phil Woods, Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan, Wynton Marsalis, Freddy Cole and Houston Person. In 1997 Charlap formed his trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as one of … Read more

Renee Rosnes Quartet

Renee Rosnes Quartet 5/4/18 & 5/5/18 Renee Rosnes is one of the premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation. She has toured and recorded with bands led by such legends as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, JJ Johnson, James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson, Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Buster Williams and Ron Carter’s Foursight Band. In 2003, SOCAN … Read more

Massimo Faraò Quintet

Massimo Faraò Quintet 4/20/18 & 4/21/18 Massimo Faraò studied with Maestro Flavio Crivelli and began his career collaborating with musicians from the Genoa Area, especially with the bassist Piero Leveratto. In 1993, he was invited to the US to play with Red Holloway and Albert “Tootie” Heath on a West Coast tour. In the same … Read more

Joey DeFrancesco Trio

Joey DeFrancesco Trio 3/2/18 & 3/3/18 Multi-instrumentalist and singer Joey DeFrancesco was born in 1971, signed his first record deal at age 16, and has since recorded and performed with Miles Davis, Jimmy Smith, Elvin Jones, James Moody, Ray Charles, and countless more. Loved by musicians, critics, and audiences, he has won the DownBeat Critics … Read more

Christian Sands Trio

Christian Sands Trio 2/2/18 & 2/3/18 Christian Sands is only 28 years old, but he’s been playing piano for the past 27 years and has a couple of Grammy Award nominations under his belt, including Best Latin Jazz Piano Solo. Wynton Marsalis named him a “jazz star of the future,” and he’s enjoyed a position … Read more

Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio

Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio 1/26/18 & 1/27/18 Performing for over six decades, Akiyoshi is known for her challenging and full-textured arrangements that sometimes evoke her homeland, Japan. Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio performed with Vincent Dupont (bass) and Mark Taylor (drums) at the Jazz Forum on Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27 at 7 and 9pm both nights. Salina: … Read more

Julius Rodriguez Quintet

Julius Rodriguez Quintet 1/19/18 & 1/20/18 An all-star quintet of young lions brings you the fresh sound of jazz’s up and coming talents. The leader, and a Westchester native, Julius Rodriguez, has already been making a name for himself in the New York City jazz scene. Julius’ budding career, boasts shows at well-known venues such as … Read more