Ernie Krivda’s Return to Swing City/Matthew Whitaker
A staunch believer in the jazz prowess of America’s Heartland (Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis), Ernie Krivda assembled a jazz faculty at Tri-C in the ‘90s that included the likes of Curtis Fuller, Marion Hayden, Gary Carney, John Bacon and Joe Hunter and defined the soul and direction of the Jazz Studies program. Deeply embedded in swing, this faculty, appropriately named Swing City, performed, recorded and influenced hundreds of students. Fourteen years later, Krivda rediscovered several Swing City recordings and was moved to produce a CD. The music is remarkable, and in our 40th anniversary we are pleased to present this live version — Return to Swing City.
Seventeen-year-old pianist Matthew Whitaker grew up surrounded by music. Since winning the Apollo Theatre’s amateur night at age nine, Whitaker has toured the world, played Carnegie Hall and become the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond in its 80+ year history. A prolific composer, he heads his own publishing company and names Dr. Lonnie Smith, Oscar Peterson and Chick Corea as artistic influences.
Saturday, June 29 at 3:30pm
Allen Theatre, Playhouse Square
1407 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115