with Marcus Printup (trumpet), Riza Printup (harp), Kevin Smith (bass), Henry Conerway III (drums)
Saturday, August 11, 2018
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM (2 sets)
The Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor
Building # 5
120 Commercial Street
Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04544
Cost: $125 per person
About the performers
Born and raised in Conyers, Georgia, Marcus Printup’s first musical experiences came from hearing the fiery gospel music his parents sang in church. He would later discover jazz as a senior in high school.
Marcus attended Georgia State University, then transferred to the University of North Florida on a music scholarship. It was during his studies there that he competed and won the prestigious International Trumpet Guild Jazz Trumpet Competition.
In 1991, Mr. Printup’s life would change when he met his mentor and friend-to-be, the incomparable pianist Marcus Roberts. Mr. Roberts introduced him to world renowned trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis which in time led to the invitation to the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra in 1993. Marcus has been a member ever since.
Mr. Printup has performed and/or recorded with Betty Carter (he was inducted into Mr. Carter’s first Jazz Ahead class in 1994), Dianne Reeves, Eric Reed, Cyrus Chestnut, Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Roberts among many others.
Mr. Printup has led multiple recordings on several major record jazz labels:
• Blue Note Records Song for the Beautiful Woman, Unveiled, Hub Songs
• Nagel Heyer Records The New Boogaloo
• Steeplechase Records Peace In The Abstract, Bird of Paradise, London Lullaby, Ballads All Night, A Time for Love, Homage, Desire, Lost, and his latest Young Bloods.
Mr. Printup continues to be in demand as a facilitator/educator for masterclasses and clinics ranging from Middle Schools and high schools to Universities nationally and abroad. He is an educator for JALC’s Essentially Ellington competition and an adjunct faculty member at the New School in Manhattan.
In 2005, a proclamation was granted to Mr. Printup declaring August 22nd “Marcus Printup Day” in his home town of Conyers, GA.
With his wife Riza Printup, the Printups created RiMarcable Publications through which they have published their first children’s book and arrangements for big band and jazz combos. They also released their first jazz single for children on their label RiMarcable Notes. In 2016, the Printup’s introduced their children’s program I Have A Song Inside My Heart and partnered with WBGO’s Kids Jazz @ play and My very Own Library in presenting their program to elementary schools around the Newark area.
Among many others, Riza Printup has recorded with acclaimed Jazz Trumpeter and husband Marcus Printup Desire (2013), A Time For Love (2011), Ballads All Night (2010), and Bird of Paradise (2007); Grammy nominated pianist and composer Kenny Werner No Beginning, No End; and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Chick Corea and the music of Mr. Corea. She’s performed Saint-Saëns’s classic “Le Cygn” (for harp and cello) with virtuoso cellist Yo-Yo Ma and jookin dance master Lil Buck. Riza was featured with Paquito D’Rivera in his presentation of Charlie Parker’s classic, “Bird With Strings” in Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Appel Room. In 2014, Riza joined world renown soprano, Kathleen Battle in Ms. Battle’s presentation of “Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey” at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA and at Ms. Battle’s return to the Metropolitan Opera House (2016).
Ms. Printup began her undergraduate studies as a classical harpist at the Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, IN under the instruction of Susan McDonald and in time pursued studies in jazz with Professor of Jazz, David Baker. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Music from Columbia College, Chicago, IL where she continued her studies in jazz. She later pursued her Master of Music from Georgia State University’s School of Music under the tutelage of Elisabeth Remy Johnson. Other instructors include Dominique Piana, Linda Wood, Beverly Wesner-Hoehn, Deborah Henson-Conant, Stella Castellucci.
Ms. Printup transcribed several originals of Jazz Harpist Extraordinaire, Dorothy Ashby and with her trio, was fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform some of Ms. Ashby’s music with the incomparable late Frank Wess who was featured on Ms. Ashby’s 1957 and 1958 recordings.
Riza has published her originals, arrangements of jazz standards and a classic Filipino Kundiman available for solo harp and harp with ensemble.
With her husband Marcus Printup, the Printups created RiMarcable Publications through which they have published their first children’s book and arrangements for big band and jazz combo. They released their first jazz single for children on their label RiMarcable Notes. In 2016, the Printups rolled out their children’s program I Have A Song Inside My Heart and partnered with WBGO Kids Jazz @ Play and My Very Own Library in presenting the program to elementary schools around the Newark area.
Riza is also on faculty at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s WeBop (early childhood jazz education program) located in Manhattan.
Kevin Smith is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where he grew up singing and playing music in Atlanta’s Historic Black Baptist churches and in his School Band, Orchestra and Choir. Later He studied Music with Rodney Jordan, Leon Anderson Jr., Marcus Roberts and Melanie Punter at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. While at College, Smith performed with many Orchestras in the southeast including the Tallahassee Symphony, Dothan Opera and Columbus Symphony Orchestras.
After moving back to Atlanta, Smith immediate Joined the scene and became one of the city’s first call jazz bassist locally and abroad, sharing the soundstage and main stage with jazz luminaries such as Marcus Printup, Wycliffe Gordon, Chris Crenshaw, Andre Heyward, Russell Gunn, Roy Hargrove, Victor Goines, Vincent Gardner, Tia Fuller, Houston Person, Ernie Andrews, Rufus Reid, Dionne Farris, Sachal Vasandani, Jazzmeia Horn, Jamison Ross, Vanessa Rubin, Carmen Bradford, Russell Malone, Calvin Newborne, Eric Reed, Aaron Diehl, Ulysses Owens Jr., Marc Cary, Terreon Gully, Marcus Baylor, Ralph Peterson Jr., Johnny O’Neal, Takana Miyamoto, TOKU, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Fred Wesley, Francine Reed, Freddy Cole, Jimmy Cobb, Curtis Fuller and the late greats Louis Bellson, Lew Soloff, Geri Allen, Red Holloway, and Marcus Belgrave. He also has played with great chamber musicians such as Christina Smith and Brad Smith.
After leaving the Graduate program at Northern Illinois University in 2009 Smith realized how important great teaching and great educators were in his music development. It was then he committed himself to giving back through music education by joining the staff of the distinguished Pace Academy and Lovett Schools in 2011. He also participated in masterclasses, clinics and group lessons across the nation, teaching from beginners all the way up to the Collegiate level.
Still desiring to give more back to his community Smith joined as double bass teaching artist at The Atlanta Music Project in 2013. The Atlanta Music Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is “To empower underserved youth to realize their possibilities through music.” The program provides intensive, tuition-free music education for underserved youth right in their neighborhood.
His commitment to being an effective educator is evident as his students have been accepted into such prestigious programs as the Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development Program, Carnegie Hall’s MS Hons. Perf. Series, GA. Mus. Ed. Assoc. All-State Orchestras, and El Sistema’s Take-A-Stand Festival and International Youth Orchestra. As well as many Prestigious Colleges and Universities. With such a prodigious showing of passion and discipline in their early musical development these young musicians inspire hope for transformative musicianship and music education for many generations to come.
Career Highlights include:
Playing bass on Outkast: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
RIAA: certified diamond (11x platinum), Grammy for Best album of the year, Best Urban/Alt Performance and best rap album ’04 and multiple Billboard Awards.
Playing Bass on Field Mob: Light Poles and Pine Trees RIAA: certified gold
And multiple Billboard Awards.
Henry Conerway III
Henry Conerway III has emerged as one of the most “in demand” drummers on the jazz scene in the U.S. and abroad since making New York City his home in 2015, as evidenced by his ongoing work with such global touring artists as; the iconic Freddy Cole; the stalwart Jazz at Lincoln Center trumpeter, Marcus Printup; 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition Winner, Jazzmeia Horn; Grammy nominated trumpeter, Russell Gunn; Count Basie Band director, trumpeter Scotty Barnhart; and several residencies with Jazz at Lincoln Center in Doha, Qatar.
His notable performances include such esteemed venues as: The Atlanta Jazz Festival; Jacksonville Jazz Festival; Savannah Jazz Festival; National Black Arts Festival; Toronto Jazz Festival; The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; The United Trombone Summit (Indiana University) featuring Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Curtis Fuller and Bill Watrous; Birmingham Jazz Festival; The Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Festival; performed at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA in A Tribute To Ray Charles; the Mount Vernon Jazz Series in Golden, CO with jazz masters Nicholas Payton and Russell Malone; and notable NYC jazz clubs as Minton’s, Birdland, Smalls, Smoke; Jazz at Lincoln Center and its Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
Conerway, a proud Detroit native, made extraordinary use of the many educational and cultural opportunities of that formidable city, performing as a high school student on The Detroit Jazz Festival stages and spending several years studying under the tutelage of the late, great trumpeter, Marcus Belgrave as a member of the Detroit Symphony’s Civic Jazz Orchestra. His thirst for the jazz idiom was nurtured there by his mother, a lover of music, who made sure he experienced live performances of all types; and his father, a brilliant classical violinist, who also shared a deep and abiding love for jazz music in all its incarnations.
While matriculating at Atlanta’s historic and prestigious Morehouse College (B.A. in Music Composition), Henry co-founded the group, Jaspects, which quickly became a staple in that city’s music scene and successfully sold thousands of their own recordings, while booking their own tours and forming creative collaborations with such luminaries as Maroon 5’s P.J. Morton; Grammy nominated Janelle Monáe; Tyler Perry’s Tony Hightower, and Chantae Cann; who can each be heard on Jaspects’ recordings. Henry has also composed original works for film and performed in theatre settings including the Tony Award nominated Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, on Broadway.
“Henry Conerway always comes prepared for the musical task at hand, and you can always count on an amazing job being done. He is an A Team player.”
— Richard D. Johnson, United States Jazz Ambassador, M.M. & A.D. Boston Conservatory/New England Conservatory
“Henry Conerway III is a great new voice in modern drumming. He understands and plays the tradition simultaneously with the here and now.”
— Russell Gunn, Grammy nominated Composer/Trumpeter
“HC3! Always swinging! Always vibing! Classy! Soulful! The best!”
— Marcus Printup, Trumpet, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis