Tri-State Jazz Society Presents Pianist Stephanie Trick
in her First Philadelphia Area Performance
PHILADELPHIA, February 13, 2015 – Tri-State Jazz Society presents classically trained jazz and ragtime pianist, Stephanie Trick, in her first Philadelphia area performance at Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086, on Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Based in St. Louis, Stephanie has a national and international following, is a recipient of the prestigious Kobe-Breda Jazz Friendship Award, has performed in many parts of the United States and Europe, and has played with a number of celebrated musicians. $20 general admission is payable at the door, as there are no advance sales or reservations. $10 half-price admission is available for first-time attendees and members. High school and college students with IDs and children accompanied by a paying adult are free. Free parking is available on the premises and complimentary refreshments are served during intermission. For more information call (856) 720-0232 or visit: www.tristatejazz.org.
Stephanie Trick Solo Stride, Boogie Woogie and Ragtime Piano
Based in St. Louis, Stephanie Trick has a national and international following as an extraordinary jazz and ragtime pianist. This will be her first Philadelphia area appearance.
A classically-trained pianist, Stephanie began playing piano at the age of five. During the time between her beginning years and high school, her teacher exposed her to early jazz, and the syncopation and swinging rhythm piqued her interest. While in college, it became clear to her that she wanted to pursue stride and classic jazz styles professionally. Harlem stride piano, which developed in the 1920s and ’30s, is an orchestral style of two-handed piano playing that not only swings but is technically demanding and exciting to watch.
With a swinging approach inspired by second-generation stride pianists such as Dick Hyman, Ralph Sutton, and Dick Wellstood (as well as the original Harlem ticklers, James P. Johnson, Willie “The Lion” Smith, and Fats Waller), and one that includes boogie woogie and blues from the late ’20s, Stephanie was the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Kobe-Breda Jazz Friendship Award. She has performed in many parts of the United States and Europe in a variety of venues, including the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, Italy, the Breda Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the Arbors Records Invitational Jazz Party, and the Sacramento Music Festival. In 2008, 2010, and again in 2014, she was invited to perform at the international Stride and Swing Summit in Boswil, Switzerland. In 2014, she played for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.
A serious student, dedicated to classic jazz and the stride piano tradition, she has played with a number of celebrated musicians, including Dick Hyman, Phil Flanigan, Rossano Sportiello, Louis Mazetier, Carl Sonny Leyland, and Danny Coots. Graduating from college with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society at the University of Chicago.
Reviews and Quotes
“One of the nicest gifts to arrive on the jazz piano scene in recent times, and we couldn’t be more delighted to welcome her.” - Dick Hyman
“[Stephanie] fell in love with [ragtime and stride] and mastered it, and now the worldwide network of stride enthusiasts is in love with her. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her following expand to a wider audience. Ms. Trick [is described] as ‘the real deal’ [with a] ‘rock-solid’ left hand. If you're not accustomed to willowy young women emulating James P. Johnson, Fats Waller and Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith, get used to it, is my advice...” - Doug Ramsey's Blog
“Stephanie Trick is an exceptional young lady. Over the past few years, I’ve seen her grow musically to the point where she has developed an effortless piano technique. Her specialty is making very accurate transcriptions of the most complex stride and boogie woogie pieces associated with James P. Johnson, Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith, Fats Waller and Donald Lambert and playing them by heart with extreme accuracy and most of all, with a beautiful soft, yet energetic, sound.” - Rossano Sportiello in The American Rag
Videos and CDs
“The Minor Drag” (Fats Waller) – October 2014 at the Stride, Swing & Boogie Woogie Concert organized by the Steinway Galery at the Pianohaus Micke in Münster, Germany: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyCTyRRtHPU&list=PL8CFAE8869E9F902E
“Boogie Woogie Stomp” (Albert Ammons) – 2014 San Diego Jazz Festival:
“The A-Flat Dream” (James P. Johnson) – 2014 San Diego Jazz Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owSwBwc7QYg
Stephanie has recorded eight albums and one DVD. Her “Live” CD was awarded the “New Talent Prize 2011” by the Hot Club of France. (CD track listings, video clips, ordering information, and more may be found on her website at www.stephanietrick.com.)
Wallingford Community Arts Center
Community Arts Center, located in Wallingford near I-476 (the "Blue Route") between Media and Swarthmore in Delaware County, is home to Tri-State Jazz Society's Pennsylvania concerts. Traditional jazz bands and solo pianists are presented five or six times a year in the Art Center’s fully accessible Duke Gallery, a 3100 square foot space that boasts excellent acoustics, soaring ceilings, post and beam construction and beautiful light.
CONTACT: Sally Cannon
TRI-STATE JAZZ SOCIETY
P.O. Box 896
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Tri-State Jazz Society, formed in 1988, is dedicated to the preservation and live performance of traditional jazz including Dixieland, swing, ragtime, and boogie-woogie. All concerts are open to the public and feature leading professional small jazz bands and soloists. Monthly concerts are presented at venues throughout the Philadelphia area. The society is a non-profit educational corporation supported by its members.
Photo by Bill Peters
Photo by Les Gruseck
Photo by Bill Peters
Photo by Les Gruseck
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