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Evan Siegel Quartet LIVE
March 26, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
Isaac Brodsky was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He began his pursuit of music at age eight, and since then has played in various bands. Isaac is a senior at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where he majors in bass. He has toured with bands to Houston, Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans and Los Angeles. After hearing John Coltrane’s Blue Trane and Paul Chambers’ work on it, he knew he had to play jazz. Isaac was part of last year’s Jazz Combo One that was selected to perform on the Thelonious Monk Tour, and was part of the Downbeat magazine student music award winning MIDI Ensemble the same year. He takes great influences from Scott LaFaro, Randy Jackson, and Ron Carter. Isaac plans to deepen his love of music and turn it into a career in the future.
Evan Siegel began playing the guitar at the age of six. Born and raised in Dallas, Evan began playing in rock and blues bands at various venues around Dallas. Also attending the Booker T. Washington HSPVA, Evan’s interest in jazz grew after hearing Wes Montgomery’s “Smokin’ at the Half Note” album. Evan’s pursuit of jazz began in his junior year, and was named one of Dallas’s Top Ten guitarists under the age of twenty by the Dallas International Guitar Festival. Shortly after, Evan was one of forty musicians out of nearly 5,000 applicants to attend the Lincoln Center Summer Jazz Academy in Castleton, Virginia. Evan has produced two albums consisting of originals and jazz standards. Evan is the guitarist in his high school’s Rhythm and Blues Ensemble, Jazz Combo One, and the Jazz Singers ensemble. Evan was also part of Downbeat Magazine’s student music award winning MIDI Ensemble. The jazz singers ensemble will be performing at this year’s Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, California. Evan has recorded and produced two albums, both with Isaac on bass. Evan hopes to continue pursuing music as a career and is looking forward to studying jazz in college.
Jackie Whitmill is one of the most sought after drummers in the North Texas area. A graduate of the Booker T. Washington HSPVA, Jackie studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Jackie helped produce Merlin EP, and album released by former Booker T. Students. In high demand as a gigging drummer, Jackie regularly plays with renowned musicians such as Shelley Carroll, Michael Palma, Jonathan Fisher, and many others. Jackie also performed at the Jazz Educators Network Conference two years ago in Dallas. Jackie cites Tony Williams, Dennis Chambers, and Billy Cobham as his main influences.
Scott Boni is currently the jazz director at the Booker T. Washington HSPVA. From Pittsburgh, Scott is a saxophonist, educator, and composer. Scott attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he later served as an assistant director of admissions. Scott has represented Berklee at various different musical events, such as the Grammy Band Camp, the Jazz Educators Network Conference, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Scott played regularly across the music scene in Boston, and also played regularly in New York, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. Scott also has a masters degree in Modern American Music from the Longy School of Music. He has recorded three albums as a band leader.