The Joye of Jazz
The smash-hit daylong jazz festival returns to The Willcox! This year’s lineup features another best-of-the-best crop of up-and-coming jazz artists, all frequent performers at Lincoln Center and other famous New York jazz venues.
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Jazz Brunch with Molly Miller
2:00 PM - 4:50 PM - Sam Reider and the Human Hands with Jorge Glem
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Headline Performance:
Bryan Carter and the Young Swangers
*Handful of Keys:
About the Artists
Since Dr. Molly Miller picked up a guitar at age seven, she’s been captivating audiences with her sophisticated and raw style.
She’s one of Los Angeles’s most sought-after musicians, recording and touring with artists such as Jason Mraz and The Black Eyed Peas. She’s played for thousands at the Hollywood Bowl, Telluride Music Festival, and Planeta Atlantida. When she’s not on tour, Miller heads her own trio, featured on NPR’s Fresh Air. Miller is also the Chair of the Guitar Department at Los Angeles College of Music.
Her debut album, The Shabby Road Recordings, released July 2017 includes the all-star rhythm section of Jay Bellerose (B.B. King, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt) and Jennifer Condos (Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks).
Sam Reider, accordion/piano
Sam Reider is a composer, accordionist, pianist, and singer from Brooklyn, NYC.
Jazz pianist turned roots musician, Sam Reider is redefining American music on the accordion. He’s travelled extensively overseas as a musical ambassador for the United States Department of State, been featured at Lincoln Center and on NPR, and performed alongside pop stars, jazz and folk musicians ranging from Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Bluegrass mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull to Venezuelan cuatro virtuoso Jorge Glem. Reider’s debut record Too Hot To Sleep presents his unique compositional voice alongside an ensemble of top-drawer musical collaborators and compadres called The Human Hands: Alex Hargreaves on violin, Roy Williams on guitar, Eddie Barbash on saxophone, Dominick Leslie on mandolin, and Dave Speranza on bass.
Reider’s debut record Too Hot To Sleep presents his unique compositional voice alongside an ensemble of top-drawer musical collaborators and compadres called The Human Hands.
Reider grew up in San Francisco, the son of a musical theatre composer and klezmer musician. He began performing at a young age, and was interviewed on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” on NPR when he graduated high school. At Columbia University, he fell in love with American folk music. While writing his senior thesis comparing the songwriting of Woody Guthrie and Ira Gershwin, Sam began studying bluegrass and old-time music, transcribing the fiddle melodies for the accordion and learning to sing the songs.
This set him off on a journey that has taken him from back porches and dive bars to concert halls and major festivals in practically every state in the country. Representing the U.S. Department of State as a musical ambassador, Sam has travelled to China, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Turkey and Azerbaijan, carrying his accordion on his back everywhere he goes and collaborating at every opportunity with international artists.
Now he’s surrounded himself with a crew of some of the most in-demand young acoustic musicians on the scene in Brooklyn. The Human Hands have developed a cultish following and a reputation for mind-bending sets of high-energy, improvised music.
Jorge Glem is a cuatro player, mandolinist and musical producer from Cumana, Venezuela. He is the winner of prestigious awards such as El Silbón de Oro 2014 and Siembra Del Cuatro 2015 (as the best cuatro player), and three Pepsi music awards for his album En el Cerrito. He is also a three-time Latin Grammy nominee with the ensemble C4Trio. He has three musical productions of his own and has participated in over 200, traveling throughout four continents and sharing the stage with worldwide figures such as Paquito D'Rivera, Jordan Rudess, Rubén Blades, Carlos Vives, Calle 13, Guaco, Desorden Publico, Ensamble Gurrufío, Gualberto Ibarreto, Etienne Charles and many other important personalities of the music business. He is accomplishing the fusion of this traditional instrument with genres such as jazz, salsa, bluegrass, rock, and pop, with a clear goal of presenting the cuatro as a universal instrument.
with sam reider . . .
Grammy-nominated Venezuelan cuatro virtuoso Jorge Glem teams up with American composer and accordionist Sam Reider to create a one-of-kind fusion of folk music. With jaw-dropping virtuosity and infectious chemistry, these musicians and friends are breaking down all the boundaries between their two continents, languages, and cultures. Jorge and Sam blend Venezuela's driving dance rhythms with American folk music and jazz.
Bryan Carter and the Young swangers
With a confidence reflecting an instrumental and compositional maturity that both belie his age and announce the arrival of a remarkable talent, Bryan Carter exudes what promises a highly successful career.
Shortly after completing his training at The Juilliard School in New York City and still at the very outset of his career, Carter has already played and/or recorded with many notable artists including Clark Terry, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Barron, Michael Feinstein and Kurt Elling.
Carter attended The Juilliard School as a Jazz Studies major and studied with Carl Allen and Kenny Washington. He was the recipient of the Irene Diamond Scholarship as well as the Samuel L. Jackson Scholarship. While at Juilliard, Carter took a strong interest in composition, orchestration and interdivisional cross-collaborative performance.
Bryan is currently touring the world with his band, “Bryan Carter & The Young Swangers”. He also served as the house drummer for NBC’S “Maya & Marty” starring Maya Rudolph, Keenan Thompson and Martin Short. The show has featured guests including Miley Cyrus, Tom Hanks, Drake, Steve Martin and Tina Fey.
Aside from performing Carter conducts clinics, master-classes and workshops at schools, colleges and universities around the world. Currently Carter serves as a teaching artist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center, “Jazz for Young People” program in New York City and endorses Ludwig Drums, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals and 1964-Ears Monitors.