As part of its celebration of Black History Month, the Springfield Free Public Library will present a performance of live jazz by the James Austin, Jr. Trio at 2:00 PM on Sunday, February 9 in the library’s Donald B. Palmer Museum. In addition to James Austin, Jr. on keyboard, the group includes Ben Rubens on bass and Reggie Quinerly on drums.
Originally from Chicago, James Austin, Jr. is an accomplished pianist and bandleader. He honed his craft under the tutelage of a number of legendary musicians, including extensive study with renowned jazz educator, Barry Harris. In recognition of his highly skilled musicianship, Mr. Austin has received numerous accolades and awards, including the honor of being selected as a semi-finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano competition. Mr. Austin has also performed alongside an illustrious list of singers and musicians in diverse settings throughout the world, including numerous celebrity functions and television shows. He recently served as pianist and arranger for two star-studded concerts at Carnegie Hall under the baton of esteemed musical director Ray Chew. Mr. Austin has also curated and led the NJPAC Jazz Jam series since its inception. His debut album, "Songs in the Key of Wonder,” showcases his instrumental arrangements of classic compositions from the songbook of Stevie Wonder.
More information about James Austin, Jr. can be found at www.jamesaustinjr.com.
This program is free and open to all members of the public.