When Shana Tucker takes the stage
Thursday, April 13, 2017, she will not be alone. She will be joined by three highly
talented musicians: Shirazette Tinnin, music director and drums; Nimrod Speaks,
bass; and Seth L. Johnson, guitar, in her performance in Gorell
Recital Hall, starting at 8:00 p.m.
With a deep respect for lyrical
storytelling, cellist/singer-songwriter Shana Tucker delivers a unique voice
through her self-described genre of ChamberSoul. Shana’s melodies weave strong
hints of jazz, classical, soulful folk, acoustic pop, and a touch of R&B
into a distinctive rhythmic tapestry.
Joining her as music director and drummer—also
an educator, clinician, author, and health coach—is Shirazette Tinnin. She was
born and raised in North Carolina and attributes earlier influences as gospel,
eventually expanding into jazz, soul, rock, and music from many parts of the
A graduate of Appalachian State
University, Tinnin has studied and performed with some of the greats and
received a full scholarship for drum set and jazz pedagogy to Northern Illinois
University. She resides in New York City and is frequently on tour with premier
bands such as Tia Fuller Quartet, the Mimi Jones Band, Nicole Mitchell’s Black
Earth Ensemble, Women of the World Ensemble, Gabriel Algeria Afro Peruvian
Sextet, Allan Harris Group, Camille Thurman, and many others. She also leads
her own group, the Sonic Wallpaper Ensemble. Tinnin was recently the house
drummer for the Meredith Vieira talk show with her first season on NBC in 2015.
Born in Philadelphia, Nimrod Speaks
is a well-trained bassist, composer, and educator, both on electric and double
bass. He began playing at the age of 16 on an electric Fender bass while in
high school under the tutelage of Ricardo Jackson. He was later introduced
to the double bass during his first semester in college.
Obtaining a BA in music education from
Kutztown University and a master’s in jazz studies from Rutgers University, Speaks
opportunities to play with renowned artists, including Bootsie Barnes, Ronnie
Burrage, Doc Gibbs, and Hannible Lokumbe, and performances at premier jazz
venues such as the Blue Note in New York City and the Kimmel Center in
Seth L. Johnson is an established
guitarist, a passionate composer, and dedicated educator. Having earned his
Bachelor of Music in jazz performance from San Francisco State University, and
his master’s degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Johnson grasps and
interprets a well-rounded, expansive scope of musical genres.
Johnson was born in Buffalo, New York, and
raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Largely self-taught, he developed individualistic
approaches to music and his instrument prior to receiving formal training.
Inspired by his first teacher, Johnson delved deeply into the blues and
Johnson lives and teaches in New York
and tours around the world. When touring is over, he can be seen performing in
such notable New York venues. His musical inspirations and enjoyments include Jimmy
Hendrix, Robert Johnson, John Coltrane, Billi Holiday, Antonio Carlos Jobim,
Nina Simone, Erik Satie, James Blake, D’Angelo, Bjork, and Fiona Apple.
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remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance.
are priced at $22 for regular admission, $18 for seniors and groups, and $12
for students and children.
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