Grammy-nominated musician/producer and world-renowned drummer QUENTIN E. BAXTER presents an amazing 3-concert series on Kiawah Island! The second artist on the agenda is jazz pianist and composer JOHN CHIN, featuring Elias Bailey on bass, and Quentin E. Baxter on drums.
JOHN CHIN has been a fixture on the New York jazz scene since 1998 and was introduced to the piano at age four. At fourteen, he began studying jazz at California State University as part of the Early Entrance Program for Gifted Students where he received a B.A. in Music by the age of nineteen. CHIN continued his musical studies at the University of North Texas, before pursuing a Masters of Music degree from Rutgers University (under the tutelage of master pianist and composer Kenny Barron), and an Artist Diploma from the world-renowned Juilliard School.
His experience and reputation in the classroom would lay the foundation for his own pedagogy, which led to teaching opportunities the world over, while helping to sustain a New York studio of his own, located in Brooklyn’s history-rich Prospect Park.
In 2013, JOHN CHIN began his partnership with Carnegie Hall working in outreach programs to help rehabilitate inmates in prisons, and with young mothers in teen clinics at hospitals.
JOHN CHIN has performed internationally as a leader and sideman for many major festivals as well as some of America’s most important and storied jazz rooms. He has shared the stage with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Irvin Mayfield, Jaimeo Brown, Gregory Tardy, Marianne Solivan, Mark Turner, Dayna Stephens, Joel Frahm, John Ellis, Chris Cheek, and Rudy Royston, among many others.
In June 2015, JOHN CHIN accepted the invitation to join Grammy-nominated vocalist René Marie as pianist with Experiment in Truth and is featured extensively on Marie’s up-coming release on Motéma.
“John Chin coaxes sounds from the piano that make you blush, sets them on fire and then settles down into slow-burning embers. The piano is still hot to the touch hours after the gig is over…” – René Marie, vocalist/composer
CHRISTIAN TAMBURR first started performing jazz at the age of 14. Now 35, he has had the opportunity to tour and perform with many jazz legends, including Dave Brubeck, Michael Feinstein, Clark Terry, James Moody, Bunky Green, Kenny Barron, Benny Green, Milt Hinton, Bucky Pizzarelli, Tal Farlow, Nicholas Payton, Billy Drummond, Matt Wilson, Eric Marienthal, Marcus Printup, Mark Murphy, Clint Holmes, and René Marie. CHRISTIAN toured as pianist and musical director for Julio Iglesias (2006-08) and joined Cirque du Soleil in 2009 as assistant composer and musical director for a new show in Macau, China. In 2014 CHRISTIAN performed as featured artist and musical director of Rose Rabbit Lie at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.
TAMBURR, recognized by Downbeat Magazine with the “Outstanding Solo Jazz Performer Award” and the “2013 Critics Choice Top Rising Star Award” on vibraphone, currently leads the critically acclaimed CHRISTIAN TAMBURR QUINTET around the world to sold out audiences. His newest album “Voyage” reached the top 10 on the jazz charts in 2014 and features the same rhythm section performing at Turtle Point Clubhouse. The album led to performances at some of the most prestigious venues around the world, including the The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in NYC, Pizza Express Dean Street in London, the Olympia Theater in Paris, Jazz at the St. Regis in Doha, Qatar and stops in China, Tokyo and Amsterdam.
CHRISTIAN is the 2015 Artist in Residence at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. He often travels to high schools and colleges, presenting workshops and master classes on performance, composition, arranging, and music business. He also presents leadership and teambuilding workshops to executives at Fortune 500 Companies highlighting unique attributes found both on stage and in the corporate environment.
“Tamburr and his Group are well within the jazz tradition. He sets the pace of collective improvisation with never-ending energy, with the mallets going from a slow feathery touch to a blurring speed. His phrasing when soloing is thoughtful and slowly simmers as he resolves his musical ideas.” – Jack McCray