Tracks Music Series: Katharine Whalen’s Jazz Squad & Dreamroot

September 30, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
University Place

Live & Local Music

Thursday September 30: Jazz
6:00-6:45 p.m. Katharine Whalen’s Jazz Squad
7:15-8:00p.m. Dreamroot

Chapel Hill’s local music streaming platform, Tracks Music Library, announces four free outdoor concerts on Thursday evenings in September at University Place. Each night’s lineup is themed around a genre and will feature two 45 minute sets from Tracks artists. Discover new music in a way it’s meant to be heard — live and in-person.

Free & open to all!

Katharine Whalen’s Jazz Squad

Katharine Whalen formed JazzSquad many years ago to, frankly, provide herself with a crash course in HOW TO SING JAZZ! Her first ever band Squirrel Nut Zippers took off so quickly that she felt unprepared and quite uneducated. A member of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band whom she was touring with at the time, instructed her to go home and learn thirty jazz standards. She was lucky enough to know Griffanzo and his hip piano playing became the basis for the sound of the band. Danny Grewen, Austin Riopel, and Danny Abrahms are the other member of the squad, performing on trombone, guitar, and baritone.

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Dreamroot is a band/musical collective from Durham, NC. Dreamroot released their debut album Phases in May 2020, hoping to put out positive energy during a dark time. The band consists of Theous Jones (drums), Serena Wiley (saxophone/flute/spoken word/vocals), Ittai Korman (acoustic and electric bass), Lynn Grissett (trumpet) and Joe MacPhail (piano and keyboards).

The album, Phases, was collectively composed and arranged by the members of Dreamroot. The performance style combines pre-written and improvised sections, creating what Indy Week calls “One of the distinctive strains of the Durham jazz scene, melding R&B forms with modern jazz solos that all fit nicely into the length of a longish pop song.”

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