Jazz Tuesdays featuring Gary Schunk
July 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pmFree
Jazz Tuesdays is a weekly event featuring great jazz musicians from all over the state of Michigan. Each week brings in a different guest artist and a new experience.
Grammy®-nominated pianist Gary Schunk may be a multifaceted player—he’s played in a range of musical backdrops from Donna Summer to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra—but make no mistake; Schunk is, first and foremost, a jazz man.
When internationally acclaimed jazz greats come to Detroit, Schunk is at the top of the call list, and he’s also done his fair share of touring. Over the course of a career that has spanned several decades, Schunk has played with the likes of Joe Williams, Earl Klugh, Kenny Burrell, Anita O’Day, Mark Murphy, Pepper Adams, Terumasa Hino, Dave Valentin, David “Fathead” Newman, Sonny Stitt and countless others.
“Technique is indispensable,” says Schunk. An intensely studied musician, he is a classically trained pianist who gravitated to jazz in the early 1970s. Schunk immersed himself in the style and mastered the elements of technique that are distinctive to the genre.
In an interview conducted by Nkenge Zola for the video production of Jazz Masters: Gary Schunk, world- famous trumpeter and fellow Detroit musician Marcus Belgrave says, “Gary Schunk is probably one of the greatest pianists around, because he can do it all. He’s really studied the music and every aspect of it; he doesn’t shirk any responsibilities of the music…he keeps me on my toes.”
Gary is joined by Detroit bassist Dan Kolton, with Jazz Tuesdays host Jeff Shoup on drums. The host band plays the first set at 7pm, followed by a jam session during which jazz musicians are welcome to sit-in.
Jazz Tuesdays is generously sponsored by Gregg Hill Publishing and INDe Drum Lab.