Music Program

Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Hallwalls & Colored Musicians Club Jazz Fest 2017 present

Otis Brown III Trio & Walter Kemp 3oh!

Three Sets in Two Venues in One Church Basement!

The Ninth Ward, 7:00–8:00 p.m.: Otis Brown III Trio
Hallwalls Cinema, 8:15–9:15 p.m.: Walter Kemp 3oh!
The Ninth Ward, 9:30–10:30 p.m.: Otis Brown III Trio

TICKET INFO FOR THESE THREE SHOWS ONLY, PER CMC JAZZFEST 2017 (Hallwalls is not involved with ticketing): Your best bet by far is to be a passholder (see link immediately below). Hallwalls members DO get a $10 discount on festival passes ($95 instead of $105). Otherwise, i.e., for non-passholders, each of these three shows requires a separate ticket, available for CASH ONLY at the door. Single-event admission to each separate Otis Brown III Trio show in The Ninth Ward is $30. Single-event admission to the Walter Kemp 3oh! show in Hallwalls Cinema is $25. There is no discount for Hallwalls members on these single-event prices, because Hallwalls did not set the prices and is not collecting any revenue. Proceeds cover festival costs (including artists' fees) or benefit the Colored Musicians Club.

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Otis Brown III (drums)
Joel Frahm (saxophones)

Luques Curtis (bass)

Drummer and Blue Note recording artist Otis Brown III is one of notable record. The son of musicians and music educators, New Jersey native Otis Brown III grew up to the sounds of jazz, gospel, funk, and rhythm & blues. His father, a jazz band instructor, played with James Brown and Al Green. His mother, an educator who also served as principal of Newark's Arts High School (alma mater to jazz greats Sarah Vaughan and Wayne Shorter), was also a choir director and classically trained pianist. After playing saxophone and drums in school and church, and attending Delaware State University as music major, Brown crossed paths with jazz icon Donald Byrd and his course was dramatically altered. Byrd, who was Artist in Residence at DSU, convinced Brown to think beyond a career in music education and go to New York City to be in the thick of things. "It was life changing," says Brown, who, after studying at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute, caught the attention of Joe Lovano. Initially subbing for Lewis Nash and Idris Muhammad in Lovano's bands, Brown became a founding member of Lovano's Us Five quintet, recording three albums, including the GRAMMY-nominated Bird Songs.

Walter Kemp 3 (piano)
RiShon Odel Northington (bass)
David "Teaspoon" Hulett (drums)

Blujazz artist Walter Kemp 3, pianist, composer, rhythmic vocalist, is the driving force behind Walter Kemp 3oh! Walter's father, a classical and gospel composer, sparked Walter's early interest in the piano. Hearing his father perform his compositions at Carnegie Hall opened Kemp's eyes to a world of music. The internationally recognized artist expertly builds ensembles able to dominate in an array of venues.

The 3oh!'s debut release, Dark Continent, brings Kemp's innate abilities to the forefront. Having joined forces with long-time musical collaborators, RiShon Odel Northington, recording and touring bassist for GRAMMY-nominated Najee, and percussive phenom David "Teaspoon" Hulett, the trio embodies "the spirit of the music." JBL George W. Harris, LA Jazz Weekly, states the release, "swings with excitement…Kemp is richly expansive…Northington bends the strings with authority…whole team is romantic over Hulett's snazzy drum work…anything but the expected piano trio." As featured artists on Toronto's Jazz FM 91.1, and with a live performance heralded as "the best…incredibly beautiful music," this is just the beginning for these promising young artists.