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Event details:

About the Swing Concert
Thu., September 30, 2010 – 3:30 PM
P.S. 46
2987 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10039
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Lineup: Kerong Chok, Maurice Chestnut, Rodney Green, Steve Wilson,  

About the venue:

P.S. 46 (Principal George Young)
Located on the historic polo grounds and host to 800 students, P.S. 46 has been given an “A” on their report card issued by the city as well as “well developed” on the quality review. Aside from their rigorous academic program they also have a very strong arts program in collaboration with Juilliard, Carnegie Hall, and “Studio in School”.

Performer Details:

Kerong Chok — Jazz piano/ Organ

Kerong Chok

Singapore-born, NYC-based pianist/organist Kerong Chok honed his musical skills performing while pursuing a law degree from the National University of Singapore. Equally adept at straight-ahead acoustic jazz, pop, rock and R&B, he has performed in the USA, Singapore, Malaysia and the Maldives, and has played with artists like Frank Wess, Eli Degibri, George Garzone, Steve Wilson, Francisco Mela, Ari Hoenig, Rodney Green and Eugene Pao. He was awarded the Singapore National Arts Council Arts Scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree in jazz performance at the Manhattan School of Music. Chok was also a resident at the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.. His teachers include Jason Moran, Phil Markowitz and John Riley.

Kerong Chok's website
Maurice Chestnut — Tap Dancer

Maurice Chestnut

One of tap's brightest young stars, Maurice Chestnut is an original member of the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble. His extensive list of credits includes his appearance at Carnegie Hall and throughout Europe with the Geri Allen trio as a featured soloist, and his performances in productions with Savion Glover such as Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk, Improvography, Classical Savion, Tappin' Into Monk, Invitation to the Dancer and on "ABC-TV's Dancing With The Stars." At the turn of the 21st century, the Newark Star Ledger's arts reviewers named Maurice "one of the twenty New Jersey faces to watch for in the new century."

Straight from Newark, New Jersey, Maurice Chestnut introduces tap as an instrument. Maurice takes from his classical rhythm tap training and infuses hip-hop, funk and soul. Maurice Chestnut began dancing at the age of 5, under the direction of Mr. Alfred Gallman. At the age of 9 Maurice joined his first professional dance company; New Jersey Tap Ensemble. Under the direction of Ms. Deborah Mitchell with NJTE. He is currently principle dancer and choreography with the ensemble. Maurice brings us the soul which can only be inspired from the Hoofing greats, watching him dance is like walking through Harlem in the 1940's. Maurice has performed at many prestigious events such as; The Apollo Theater, where he was crowned Top Dog performer, Carnegie Hall yearly Jazz Festival, as well as the Playboy Jazz Festival. He was also featured on Sally Jesse Raphael's "My Kid's a Star. At the age of fourteen Maurice was named one of New Jerseys artists to watch in the "New Millennium". He was also a gold medalist in the NAACP's Act-So competition and was featured on the TV special. He has also had the opportunity to be on tour in the Tony award winning Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk, with Savion Glover. Maurice is working with Savion again, currently touring with his Improvographgy tour. His off- Broadway credits include Shades of Harlem, The Wiz, as well as Bubbling Brown Sugar, directed by illustrious George Faison at Atlanta's Fox Theater, where he played the role of Bumpy Johnson. Mr. Chestnut is now fusing tap as a live instrument in a band, he is touring with a show entitled "Can I Hit That".

Rodney Green — Drums

Rodney Green

Rodney Green grew up in Camden, NJ, surrounded by gospel music and musicians. Green, whose father was a minister, was playing the drums at 3 years old. He didn’t receive his first formal lesson until 14, when he studied with drummer Scott Robinson. By then he was already playing in church and clubs in Philadelphia. At 16, he won a spot in the All-American Grammy Band and was playing regularly at Patti LaBelle’s club. His first tour was at 17, in Italy with Bobby Watson, while still in high school.
One week after graduation Rodney was on a bus to New York, where he quickly developed a name for himself as someone exceptionally professional and skilled at only 17. He played with Christian McBride, Eric Reed, Greg Osby, Joe Henderson, Benny Green, Tom Harrell, Mulgrew Miller, and Abbey Lincoln, among others. At 19, he joined Diana Krall’s band, where he spent the next 2 years, traveled the world and learned a lot about the business.
Today, Rodney Green is already a seasoned professional with a resume worthy of someone a decade older. He works with leaders such as Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker and Terence Blanchard, vocalists Peter Cincotti and Lizz Wright, and steps out as a leader himself with the Rodney Green Quartet. For this still young musician, who already has a lifetime worth of gigs and recordings behind him, the best is yet to come.

Rodney Green's website
Steve Wilson — Alto saxophone

Steve Wilson
Photo by John Abbott

Highly regarded as a musician's musician, Steve Wilson has brought his distinctive sound to more than 100 recordings and ensembles led by such celebrated artists as Chick Corea, Ron Carter, Christian McBride, George Duke, Michael Brecker, Dianne Reeves, Bill Bruford, Gerald Wilson, Maria Schneider, Joe Henderson, Charlie Byrd, Karrin Allyson, and Don Byron among many others.

Arriving in New York in 1987 Wilson quickly became first-call choice for veteran and emerging artists alike, prompting a New York Times profile "A Sideman's Life". Since 1997 he has been regularly cited in the Downbeat Magazine Critics and Readers Polls in the soprano and alto saxophone categories. In 2008 the Jazz Journalists Association nominated him for Soprano Sax Player of the Year and in 2010 for Alto Sax Player of the Year.

Wilson is a respected leader of two acclaimed ensembles––Steve Wilson Quartet and Wilsonian’s Grain––and he is one-half of two dynamic duos, with drummer Lewis Nash, and also with pianist Bruce Barth as documented on their recent recording “Home” on the We Always Swing label. Wilson has seven recordings under his own name, leading and collaborating with such stellar artists as Nicholas Payton, Mulgrew Miller, Rene Marie Ray Drummond, Cyrus Chestnut, Greg Hutchinson, and Ben Riley.

A respected and passionate educator Wilson serves on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, and has been artist in residence at institutions such as University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Manitoba, University of Maryland-College Park, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He conducts clinics and master classes around the world.

Steve Wilson's website