Jazz: Born in the USA, Grew Up Everywhere

Thursday, February 20, 2020 11:30 AM

USFSP Lynn Pippenger Hall/Kate Tiedmann College of Business
USFSP Lynn Pippenger Hall
Kate Tiedemann College of Business
700 4th St S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Topic Panelists

Alexander Harris
Dr. Alex Harris is an academician, humanitarian, singer/songwriter and a Cross the Line Music/SONY-Orchard recording artist. Beyond his billboard hits, 4 # 1 singles, and traveling the world Dr. Harris is co-founder of the Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT). ACT utilizes the performing visual arts and creative critical thinking to educate, empower and enrich the lives of youth and teens, especially disadvantaged and 'high- risk’ youth and teens. Dr. Harris earned his Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Psychology at LaGrange University, his Master’s in both and Social Work from Boston University, extended graduate study in Adolescent Counseling at Harvard University, and his doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership and Curriculum Development at Nova Southeastern University. He did extended graduate study in Adolescent Counseling at Harvard University. Dr. Harris firmly believes in an artist’s social responsibility and it is his ACT institution that provides the platform for that social responsibility. He has made it his duty to empower the youth of socioeconomically challenged communities worldwide. Dr. Harris has traveled around the world performing, consulting, and speaking in places like South Korea, Iceland, Jamaica, and Bermuda. His speaking work has focused on the power of the arts, as it relates to its ability to transcend cultures, age, and racial boundaries into a place of inclusivity for all people, regardless of race, age, faith/creed, orientation or socioeconomic status.
Laura Klein
Laura Klein, jazz pianist and composer, was born in New York City and started playing piano as a child, studying at the Manhattan School of Music. After receiving a degree in classical music from SUNY Buf­falo, she started playing in a soul band and never looked back. She went on to study jazz at Berklee School of Music, performing at clubs and venues in the Boston/New England area. Klein relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1984, where she has been actively performing and teaching ever since. Klein has recorded her own compositions with FivePlay Jazz Quintet, the jazz sextet Triceratops, and vibraphonist Ted Wolff. She appears extensively with her own groups and other ensembles at Northern California clubs, concert halls, and festivals. A program of her compositions was produced and recorded by Jim Ben­nett and broad­cast on KCSM-FM’s “In the Moment” series, and she was featured on KCSM's "Desert Island Jazz". Along with her husband, guitarist/composer/arranger Tony Cor­man, Klein co-leads Five­Play Jazz Quin­tet,whose three recordings have received national and international airplay. FivePlay’s per­for­mance of Klein's com­po­si­tion, “Glow In the Dark”, was fea­tured on the sound­track of the doc­u­men­tary, “The Grant Green Story”. Klein's record­ings include: Five­Play Jazz Quin­tet, Five of Hearts, Five and More, Cerulean Blue (with Ted Wolff), Tricer­atops, and Jenny Fer­ris’ Day In, Day Out. Klein is an AmSAT and STAT Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique. She has had a private practice in Berkeley since 1987, and is an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of the Alexan­der Tech­nique at the Cal­i­for­nia Jazz Conservatory.
Simon Lasky
London, U.K born jazz pianist and composer, Simon Lasky, relocated to Tampa, Florida in Fall 2018 on the award of a Fellowship to study with Grammy nominated jazz composer Chuck Owen at The University of South Florida. Simon’s composition ‘Close To Ecstasy’ won the 2018 British Composer Award in the ‘Jazz Composition for Small Ensemble’ category. His London band – The Simon Lasky Group – have released two albums of Simon’s compositions on 33Jazz Records and have performed at London’s leading jazz venues. Simon’s music has been broadcast on BBC radio, NPR and leading jazz radio stations across Europe, the BBC describing Close To Ecstasy as “a joyous exuberant piece, brilliantly crafted on all levels, and with great textural and melodic writing.” Simon performs with the leading jazz musicians in the Central Florida area, is currently completing his Masters in Jazz Studies at The University of South Florida and is a host/DJ on ‘All Night Jazz’ on WUSF 89.7FM.
Daniela Soledade
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, vocalist/guitarist Daniela Soledade grew up in a family of musicians with a direct line to the origins of Bossa Nova. Daniela’s grandfather was Paulo Soledade, who composed songs with legendary Brazilian artists Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Toquinho and Baden Powell. Her father, Paulinho Soledade is an artist and producer who learned guitar from Baden Powell himself and has worked with legends Ivan Lins and Gilberto Gil among others. As a child Daniela participated in studio recordings for multiple Brazilian artists and TV shows aired on Rede Globo. At age 14, she placed first in the entrance exam to attend the prestigious Music Conservatory Villa Lobos. Daniela settled in the United States in 2003 and is currently touring in support of her debut album “A Moment Of You” released in 2019 on Blue Line Music Records.