Our New Improvisational Jazz Series Continues with
MICHAEL JEFRY STEVENS
The LIGHTBULB TRIO PROJECT
with special guest
Micheal Jefry Stevens and his jazz piano work are mainstays on the White Horse Black Mountain stage. And while improvisation is a given in jazz, Stevens’ new Open Music Series takes the “in the moment” component to a new level. Each concert in the monthly series will present the Lightbulb Trio Project with a different guest soloist as they explore the immediacy of the improvisational process in outside the box performances.
The Lightbulb Trio Project’s sound is built around Michael Jefry Stevens’ acoustic piano and compositional concepts, the “kitchen percussion” innovations of Rob Falvo and the “speaking trombone” of Harold McKinney. All three musicians have been active in free improvisation settings in Europe and are eager to delight American ears with the surprising and energized sounds that emerge from spontaneous collective creation.
"Improvisational music is immediate, exploratory and constantly in process. Let your ears be opened to "in the moment" musical emergence. ." ---- Michael Jefry Stevens
Tonight's concert will feature special guest FRANK SOUTHECORVO, a mainstay in the Western North Carolina Jazz scene.
Frank Southecorvo grew up in Massachusetts, where he studied with saxophonists Dave Faucher and Jerry Bergonzi. He played in All-State jazz ensembles led by Berkeley College of Music faculty members Herb Pomeroy, John LaPorta and others. Boston is a city with a real jazz heritage. While growing up, Frank was inspired by the many jazz icons he got to hear in clubs and concerts – musicians like Phil Woods, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Bob Moses, Gary Burton, The Fringe, Jerry Bergonzi, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Betty Carter, Joe Pass, Abdullah Ibrahim, Max Roach, Jon Hendricks, Dexter Gordon and countless others.
In 1987 he moved to Asheville, NC , where fans have become familiar with Frank’s saxophone playing in his own jazz bands, as well as with the horn sections of various rhythm + blues and jazz big bands. Frank has played many concerts and festivals throughout the area, including the Jazz Composers Forum, WNC Jazz Society, Bele Chere, the Wilmington Jazz & Blues Festival, Music On Main (Greenville, SC), Jazz On the Square (Spartanburg ,SC) and the Asheville Original Music series.
Frank has performed with (in no particular order) legends Bobby Shew, Byron Stripling, Rick Simmerlee, Deborah Coleman, Bill Gerhardt, Mike Holstein, Asheville Jazz Orchestra, Michael Jefry Stevens, Chuck Lichtenberger, Richard Shulman, Orange Krush, Ras Alan and the Lions, Blind Lemon Philips, The Magdaddys, Spartanburg Philharmonic, Hendersonville Symphony, Asheville Symphony, Done For The Evening trio, Blind Lemon Phillips and others.
Because of his interest in writing and playing original music, Frank has made three Cd’s under his own label: “Anthem”(2000) and “Chroma”(2005), with a five piece band and also a duo CD, “Chelsea Bridge”(2005), with pianist Mark Freundt. Frank recorded a self-titled cassette tape with the band Voice of the Turtle (1993), which he co-led with guitarist Alan Childres.
Currently, he plays alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, splitting his time between his own projects playing original music and big bands, blues bands and dance groups.