Tucker Concert Features Trio of World-Class Musicians

Posted on 4/10/2017 12:04:10 PM

Shana TuckerWhen 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.

Shirazette TinninJoining 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 African diaspora.

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.

Nimrod SpeaksBorn 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 Philadelphia.

Seth L. JohnsonSeth 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 finger-style guitar.

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.

Tickets for this event are available online or the Lively Arts’ online ticketing website. They can also be purchased at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or by calling the HUB ticket office at 724-357-1313. Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance.

Tickets are priced at $22 for regular admission, $18 for seniors and groups, and $12 for students and children.

For more information on this and other events within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu.

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