Friday, November 6, 2015, 11:00am & 7:30pm
Concerts are free and open to the public.
Doors open 30 minutes in advance of concert.
John Lumpkin & The Covenant
John Lumpkin, drums
Erik Lofgren, piano
Mike Perez, upright bass
John Lumpkin, drums
Tori Peoples, vocals
Daniel Dickinson, saxophone
Joshua Bowlus, piano
Stan Piper, upright bass
This concert is devoted to jazz trio standards.
There will be jazz standards and originals within a traditional setting.
John "Lil John" Lumpkin is an up and coming producer, arranger, and drummer through the jazz, r&b and gospel scene. He obtained a bachelor degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida under the direction of Danny Gottlieb and master degree from Florida State University under the leadership of Leon Anderson. John grew up in the pentecostal church and still plans to exercise his gifts there as well as other national venues. However, he says, "The church is the root of my zeal for music and forever shall be." His decision to become a professional musician came through an audition at Florida Community College of Jacksonville's South Campus. It was at this present time that band director Paul Weikle helped him to establish a future as a professional musician. His style is driven by simplicity and repetition somewhat of the attributes of the African drum. He says, "I love the the atmosphere that a constant pulse creates. You can create anything musically with a strong root of rhythm and everyone within the spirit of music can support the drive. My overall style depends on the subject at hand musically, but the root of pentecost will never change within my hands." Through his career John has shared the stage with greats such as Slide Hampton, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wycliff Gordon, Marcus Roberts, Arturo Sandoval, Curtis Fuller, Marcus Printup, Houston Pearson, Rufus Reid, Ben Tucker, James Moody, Nathan Davis, and David Baker.
Erik Lofgren is keyboardist/composer based in the greater Jacksonville area. He has shared the stage with many local and international artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Gina Saputo, Jeremy Davis, Brianna Thomas, John Clayton, Charenee Wade and many more. His education began at Miami Dade College and he continued at University of North Florida in Jazz Studies. Stylistically, Lofgren has performed everything from Jazz to Country to Salsa to Dubstep and is currently in the writing phase of his debut album.
Mike Perez is an in-demand bassist throughout Florida and south Georgia, who understands that the music is in the groove. He has performed with various local acts as well as touring artists passing through the area, Marcus Printup, Joca Perpignan, Brianna Thomas, and Alon Yavnai to name a few. being of cuban decent, Mike has a deep rooted love for latin and ethnic music, as well as jazz.
Tori L. Peoples is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. Tori has been singing since the tender age of three years old. Her musical background stems from being raised in a musical home, with a strong foundation of Gospel roots. Tori’s love for music has grown, with a new found journey into jazz. Drawing from every musical source within her grasp, Tori’s influences include but are not limited to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan. Tori has been featured on shows such as Ivory Wood “The Gray Scale”, and has performed in various showcases, and notable charity functions. Her ultimate goal in music is to gain valuable experience and to enhance her singing profile. Tori has had the esteemed honor of performing with John Lumpkin and the Covenant as a part of her continued growth and experience. Witness her angelic tones, as a new era of jazz is birthed into this budding vocalist’s heart.
Daniel Dickinson has received numerous honors from organizations at the local, state, and national level, including the outstanding soloist award from Downbeat magazine, the Jeep McCoy scholarship from the North East Florida Jazz Association, and has written multiple pieces premiered at various consortiums such as the JEN conference and the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. Daniel has also performed with artists such as the Jacksonville Symphony, The Savannah Philharmonic, Ben Folds, Jennifer Holliday, The Spinners, and many others. In the summer of 2014, Daniel was awarded the distinct privilege of being selected to play in the Disney All-American College band presented by Yamaha, and the following December, recorded his jazz debut album featuring his own compositions in NY with some contemporary jazz greats, such as Michael Dease, Christian Sands, Reuben Rogers, and Ulysses Owens, Jr., who also produced the record. Daniel is currently pursuing an undergraduate double major in jazz studies on the saxophone and clarinet performance at the University of North Florida, where he has studied with Bunky Green, Todd Del Giudice, Lynne Arriale, Sunshine Simmons, Laura Dwyer, and Guy Yehuda.
Joshua Mark Bowlus grew up in Port Orange, FL and was the oldest child of three. As a young child, every time he saw a piano he would run up to it and bang on the keys. Acknowledging his obvious attraction to the instrument, Joshua's parents started their young child out on the Suzuki method with private lessons at home around age 5. Joshua continued to train classically throughout his childhood and teenage years through private lessons at Stetson University until he began high school. He credits both his high school band director Andrew Kidd and local jazz pianist/teacher Harold Blanchard for sparking his interest in jazz. Noticing his strong passion and dedication to this American art form, his teachers and peers awarded him with the prestigious Louis Armstrong Jazz Award upon graduation. Starting in 2002, Bowlus continued his jazz education at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, studying under pianists Kevin Bales & Keith Javors. The head of UNF jazz and extraordinary alto saxophonist Bunky Green served as Joshua’s primary mentor through his later years in college. Since graduating from UNF in 2006, he has built his career as a jazz pianist while residing in Jacksonville, acting as both a bandleader for his own groups as well as a sideman for various other groups.
Joshua’s music has allowed him to perform in multiple popular jazz festivals and venues around the country, including the Jacksonville Jazz Fest, the Savannah Jazz Fest, the Monterey Jazz Fest, Kokopelli's Jazz Club, B-Sharp's Jazz Cafe, The Jazz Corner, and Iridium Jazz Club in NYC. He has also performed in a number of other locations around the globe, including France, Spain, and China. As the pianist for the UNF Jazz Ensemble One during his college years, the band played a two-week concert tour of China, and was the first jazz big band to perform on the Great Wall of China.
While currently still residing in Jacksonville, Joshua currently performs locally as the bandleader for The Joshua Bowlus Trio (or Quartet), and plays regularly in local venues such as The Parlour, The Grotto, Underbelly, The Brick, Rhett’s Piano Bar, & the Mudville Music Room. He has performed on random occasions with numerous well-known jazz artists on the scene including Wynton Marsalis, Bunky Green, Christian McBride, Ulysses Owens, Barry Greene, Dennis Marks, Danny Gottlieb, Annie Sellick, John Lee, Yotam Silberstein, Doc Handy, Lisa Kelly, & J.B. Scott. Bowlus collaborates regularly with singing sensation Linda Cole, who is a family member of the Nat King Cole dynasty. Joshua is the regular pianist for the Kelly/Scott Quintet based out of Jacksonville, and is also a member of the Jazz Conceptions Orchestra, a NYC-based 9-piece jazz ensemble. The JCO released their debut album in October 2008 and performs on occasion in both the NYC and Southeast regions. More recently he has joined the Jax Jazz Collective, a modern jazz sextet preparing to release their 2nd album in 2015. Joshua has recorded as a sideman with many other celebrated musicians on their own projects, including tenor saxophonist John Ricci, electric bass prodigy Jon Reshard, fusion guitarist Greg Howe, and world-renowned drummer Dave Weckl. Joshua has developed his own unique voice in the jazz world, and has recently released his first official album as a bandleader in collaboration with vocalist Linda Cole under his own record label, J-Bo Records.
Born and raised outside of Chicago in Evanston, IL, Stan Piper began developing his skill as a bassist in middle school, taking lessons from his teacher Nick Schneider. In 1999, he moved to Florida, and pursued his education in Jacksonville. As a major in jazz performance, he earned his Bachelors in Music from the University of North Florida, studying under Bunky Green, Kevin Bales, and Ricky Ravelo. Continuing the focus on jazz, Stan then earned his Masters in Music at Florida State University, studying under Rodney Jordan, Leon Anderson, and Marcus Roberts.
Usually described as a multi-dimensional and versatile player, Stan was always known by his teachers and peers as someone who easily adapted to any musical setting. Jokingly admitting that this particular group was his “gateway band,” Stan was first inspired from the popular jam band Phish, a band that is well known for blending numerous genres of music into one sound. With a healthy appetite for various styles of music, Stan’s wide range of influences include rock and heavy metal bands such as Metallica, Pantera. and Megadeth, fusion artists such as Wayne Krantz and John Scofield, and jazz masters including John Patitucci, Ray Brown, Charles Mingus, and Ron Carter. Piper currently performs with a multitude of diverse musical groups, one which is named Sentropolis – a rock/jam band with jazz roots and all original material. Stan is also a member of an experimental group called Hammband, which mixes improvisation with the sounds of electronica & rock through the use of loop pedals, allowing this two-member band to showcase their multi-instrumentalist talents. Recently, Stan has been playing again with The Rig, an R&B/Soul/Pop group led by singer/songwriter Jason Anderson.
Although he stays busy as a first-call bassist for various groups in Jacksonville, Piper has also traveled all over the U.S. and the world with his music, including Costa Rica, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, Canada
New Zealand, Tahiti, and Bora Bora. Stan has performed at multiple festivals including the North Sea Jazz Fest, Montreaux Jazz Fest, Wakarusa, Jacksonville Jazz Fest, Savannah Jazz Fest, and many well-known jazz clubs including Arturo Sandoval's Jazz Club (Miami), The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head), Andy's Jazz Club (Chicago), and The Green Mill (Chicago). Piper has performed with some of the greatest jazz names on the scene, such as Jimmy Cobb, Jason Marsalis, Carl Allen, Christian Tamburr, Slide Hampton, Wycliffe Gordon, Delfeayo Marsalis, George Freeman, and the Cab Calloway Orchestra. Currently, Stan is working on his own solo recording project: “The Stan Piper Band,” where he plays all instruments on all tracks.