The Jeff Haas Quintet will present an evening of Haas’s original music and jazz classics by the Gershwin brothers, Cole Porter and Herbie Hancock on Friday, June 21, 2013 at the Leland School Performing Arts Center. Jeff’s original music is a unique blend of his love for jazz, R&B, classical and ethnic music. The program will include a sneak preview of new original music composed for the Haas Quintet’s upcoming winter tour in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jeff’s father, Karl Haas.
“Our performance at the Leland School will be our first opportunity to share some of my new music with our hometown audience,” enthuses Haas. “My quintet has been performing together for over a decade now and each of these in-demand musicians brings so much heart and soul to my music. It is always an adventure for me as a composer to put new music in front of these deeply talented and committed musicians.
The Jeff Haas Quintet consists of Detroit bassist Marion Hayden, Ann Arbor drummer Sean Dobbins, Grand Rapids trumpeter Chris Lawrence, Traverse City favorite Laurie Sears on sax & flute, and composer/bandleader Haas at the grand piano. Jazz icon Dave Brubeck said of Haas’ music, “In combining these great musical traditions, [Haas] has created a soulful music that transcends ethnic barriers. I congratulate him and his colleagues for their fine playing!" The Detroit Free Press called Haas’ music, "extending backward to his familial and religious roots and extended forward to his burgeoning career as a jazz musician”.
A new CD release will honor Jeff’s father, Karl Haas, known and loved worldwide for his popular syndicated radio show, Adventures in Good Music, heard for almost 40 years on over 650 public radio stations with a worldwide daily listenership of over 16 million people. There will be 100 advanced copies of this Karl Haas CD for sale at the June 21st concert at the Leland School Performing Arts Center.”
The $20 tickets are available at mynorthtickets.com, by calling 231-256-2131, or at the door. Tickets include an hors d’oeuvre reception at the newly renovated Leland Lodge on 565 Pearl Street, walking distance from the Leland School at 200 N Grand Avenue.
This concert is sponsored, in part, by the Leelanau Community Cultural Center, the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.