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John Spicknall's Jazz Trio to perform Feb. 12

February 1, 2017

John Spicknall's Jazz Piano Trio will perform with saxophonist Randy Salman at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 in the recital hall of the Landini Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Indiana State University campus.

The trio consists of pianist John Spicknall, bassist Joe Deal and drummer Chris Parker. These musicians began working on arrangements of "Great American Song Book" repertory and jazz standards more than 10 years ago that continues to grow and develop. The band has often appeared backing up guest musicians at Indiana State including performances with Bobby Shew, Jim Ketch and Jim Perry.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Featured saxophonist with the trio is Randy Salman, who a member of DePauw University's School of Music, where he teaches clarinet and jazz-related courses. Salman is principal clarinetist with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.

Deal is a jazz bass player living and playing in the Indianapolis area over the 
past 30 years. He has performed with jazz legends Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Ira
 Sullivan, Bobby Shew, Pat LaBarbera, Phil Wilson, Mike Metheny, Art Blakey pianists James Williams and Geoff Keezer, comedian Rich Little and Spyro Gyra member Dave Samuels.

Parker is a freelance jazz drummer and music instructor in the Bloomington/Indianapolis areas. He has attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for Jazz Studies and Music Education. He has performed with Jamey Aebersold, Ralph Bowen, Jim Snidero, Roger Pemberton, Wayne Wallace, Brad Goode, and many others. Chris is currently in the process of recording his first studio album, "Moving Forward, Now" that will feature many of his professors from the IU Jacobs School of Music.

Spicknall retired in 2007 from the Indiana State School of Music, where he was involved in woodwind, music education and jazz instruction, but continues to teach jazz piano in an adjunct capacity. He also has held positions at Eastern Illinois University and was Visiting Professor of Jazz Piano at DePauw University 2006-2012. As clarinetist in the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, he retired after more than 40 years of service. He has been the house pianist at Stables Restaurant for the last 14 years. The program is open to the public without charge.


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