Please enjoy this concert with:
Zoe Obadia – Alto Saxophone
Micah Thomas – Piano
The concert streams live at 3PM Eastern and will be available to purchasers for future viewing indefinitely
For those unfamiliar with their music, here’s some samples:
Zoe Obadia is an alto saxophonist and composer from Glen Ridge, New Jersey. She recently earned her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. Obadia began playing the saxophone at age nine and became immersed in a community of great jazz musicians and educators based in New Jersey. In high school, she participated in the Essentially Ellington and Mingus festivals with the Jazz House Kids Big Band, and was a 2014 Grammy Jazz Band member, a 2014 Young Arts Jazz Finalist, and a Downbeat High School Soloist Winner. Obadia has performed with the Mingus Big Band, Wynton Marsalis, and others at New York City venues such as Dizzy’s Club, Smalls Jazz Club, and the Blue Note. She also performed at the Pittsfield Jazz Festival as the featured young artist and the Caramoor Jazz Festival with her own group. She has worked as a teaching assistant at the Jazz House Kids Summer Workshop and the Middle School Jazz Academy at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Pianist, composer and educator Micah Thomas grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He started playing songs on the piano by ear at the age of 2, and shortly afterwards he started private piano training. From his sophomore year of high school onwards, Micah began gigging regularly with violinist Christian Howes, and was a regular faculty member at his annual Creative Strings Workshop from 2015-2018. He also has appeared with Byron Stripling and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra as a guest artist, performing with John Clayton and Joshua Redman for their 45th anniversary concert series in 2017. He has also performed throughout Ohio with many other distinguished musicians including JD Allen, Billy Contreras, Eddie Bayard, George Delancey, Cedric Easton, and Bobby Floyd. In 2015, Micah Thomas received the Jerome L. Greene Fellowship from the Juilliard School, and received his Master of Music (M.M.) degree in 2020. He is now performing in venues throughout the city both as a leader of his own groups and as a sideman for such luminaries as Immanuel Wilkins, Joel Ross, Lage Lund, Giveton Gelin, Melissa Aldana, Etienne Charles, Gabe Schnider, Harish Raghavan, Stacy Dillard, and Jure Pukl. He also appeared as a guest with Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 2017 alongside Sullivan Fortner, Aaron Diehl and Joel Wenhardt, and as a solo performer at the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival. In June 2020, Micah Thomas released his first album, “Tide”, which received positive reviews from the New York Journal, The New York Times, JazzTimes, and Financial Times, among others. He also has appeared on several albums as a sideman for Immanuel Wilkins, Giveton Gelin, Walter Smith III, Matt Stevens Harish Raghavan and Gabe Schnider.
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