Friday, September 9, 2016, 7:30pm
Opening Night Concert & Reception
Concert is free and open to the public.
Doors open 30 minutes in advance of concert.
*Reservations required, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 904-355-7584 with the number of seats in your party by Friday, September 2nd
Tivon Pennicott, saxophone
John Lumpkin Trio
Friday Musicale is celebrating the Opening Night of its 127th Concert Season and invites you to join us for a dessert and coffee reception immediately following the concert next door in L'Engle Hall.
Tivon Pennicott was born in Marietta, Georgia in December of 1985. He began studying tenor saxophone in high school, garnering recognition early on as an outstanding soloist in the Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington competition, as well as the Georgia All-state Jazz Band. In 2004, he relocated to Miami to study at the Frost School of Music, where he had the opportunity to perform alongside artists such as: Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, and Maria Schneider.
While still in college, guitar legend Kenny Burrell invited Tivon to join his quintet. He would then go on to appear on Burrell’s 2008 live release, "Be Yourself." Tivon’s continuing association with Burrell has led to numerous performance opportunities at many of the world's greatest jazz venues including: Blue Note & Blue Note Tokyo (Japan), Billboard Live (Japan) Catalina's Jazz Club (Los Angeles, Yoshi's Jazz Club (Oakland and San Francisco), Smalls Jazz Club etc. alongside special guests like Stevie Wonder, Wynton Marsalis, and many others.
Tivon moved to New York in 2009 and has since established himself as a talented young leader. Tivon is a 2-time Grammy winner as well as a 2nd place winner in the prestigious Thelonius Monk Competition. He enjoys collaborating with a variety of bandleaders in their own tours as well as their recording projects- from Grammy winner Gregory Porter, appearing on his albums "Be Good" and "Liquid Spirit", to 2-time Grammy Award Winner, Esperanza Spalding, appearing on her crossover success, "Radio Music Society." He tours with the masterful drummer Al Foster, Roy Hargrove's RH Factor, Roy Hargrove Big Band, jazz songstress Nellie Mckay, R&B crooner Joe Thomas and central figures in the contemporary jazz scene, like Ari Hoenig, E.J. Strickland, Marko Djordevic, as well as many more.
Tivon’s own endeavors as a leader showcase his tenacity as a player, while also providing a forum for his audacious compositions. His unique style incorporates his masterful attention to rhythm, tasteful melodic lines, and his deep understanding of the importance of the groove. His maturity as a player extends far beyond his years, facilitating music that is refreshing, insightful, and deliciously exciting. Pick up his debut album "Lover of Nature" via CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon etc.
John Lumpkin II is a producer, arranger, and artists through the Jazz, R&B and Gospel scene. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida under the direction of Danny Gottlieb and Master's 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".
Throughout his career John has shared the stage with greats such as Delfeayo Marsalis, Wycliff Gordon, Marcus Roberts, Arturo Sandoval, Curtis Fuller, Marcus Printup, Houston Person, Rufus Reid, Ben Tucker, James Moody, Nathan Davis, and David Baker. From serving on staff at the University of North Florida and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, he is also the founder of the Jazz Discovery Series at The Ritz Theatre in Jacksonville, FL. His level of expectancy drives him to see many other things emerging from his gift of music to the world.