The Exodus To Jazz Series, now at the Clarion Riverside Hotel is presenting the Helen Sung Quartet on Friday, March 28, 2008. Helen Sung (Helen Sung on MySpace) returns to Rochester after accompanying Denise Thimes in mid-December to lead a dynamic combo of young jazz musicians to watch, including bassist Richie Goods, saxophonist Marcus Strickland and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. (who is becoming quite familiar to regular ETJ patrons). [Update-March 28: Due to illness, Marcus Strickland will not be performing this evening, but Helen Sung will be joined by Seamus Blake instead, who has been a member with Sung in the Mingus Big Band and performed with the Sylvia Cuenca Quartet in her October 2007 ETJ engagement.]
...refer[s] to this sterling young pianist's ability to sculpt intelligent and vital improvisations. She is a confident, technically brilliant keyboard artist who uses a fertile imagination to create new lines and shapes from her raw materials. Thus these “standards,” played by countless pianists and other jazz players, take on different colors and textures and tell new stories in her hands.
Sung's playing was incredible when I saw her at the ETJ gig with Denise Thimes in December; she seemed to be having a lot of fun, too. I look forward to hearing her as a leader.
Check out the new venue at the Clarion (I had to miss Freddy Cole, but look forward to catching one of the sets). The shows are at 7:00 and 9:00 pm in the Frontier Room at the Clarion Hotel Riverside in downtown Rochester. Parking is free for Exodus to Jazz patrons. Tickets are $20.00 and are available at TicketWeb.com (search “Helen Sung” or “Exodus To Jazz”), at the door (night of show) or through an email sent to: ExodusToJazz@aol.com (you will receive an email confirmation within 24 hours). Student tickets are $10.00 with a current ID. All tickets are available for pick-up at the ETJ Ticket/Will Call desk (on the hotel’s mezzanine level, outside the Frontier Room) beginning at 6:00 PM on the night of the show. For more information visit ExodusToJazz.com or call (585) 733-7685.