The Mark Giammario Quartet performs at 7:30 p.m. on June 12, 2011 at the historic Santa Fe Depot, 200 South Jones Avenue, concluding the 2010-2011 Sunday Jazz at the Depot series organized by the Performing Arts Studio. Admission to the concert is free but voluntary donations by attendees are accepted and encouraged. Refreshments will be provided.
In addition to Mr. Giammario on the drums, this quartet includes Adam Ledbetter on piano, Chris Hicks on saxophone, and Aaron Tomasko on bass guitar. While Mr. Giammario has been a regular presence at Sunday Jazz at the Depot this season, sitting in on drums for three occasions, this marks his first appearances as a band leader.
Mr. Giammario is a percussionist and composer with extensive musical experience in the Philadelphia, New York City, and Oklahoma City metropolitan areas. This experience includes a wide variety of genres and styles including, but not limited to jazz, orchestral, rock, Caribbean, Afro-Cuban and seventeenth century Spanish music. Mark is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Performance at the University of Central Oklahoma where he also assists in directing ensembles. Mark works professionally as a freelance musician with faculty members from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma, and with several local groups and artists. Mark is currently an accompanist for the OU School of Dance, and teaches privately at Sonder Music and his home studio.
Adam Ledbetter began studying piano at ten years of age, taking formal classical lessons as well as learning to play by ear and improvise in church. At the age of twelve he became an award winning composer. The son of a jazz drummer, he eventually discovered jazz and has been studying that language ever since and performing everywhere from Brazil to Rome. His combo, The New Growth Jazz Quartet, performed in this series on March 13.
Aaron Tomasko began on bass at age twelve playing blues and rock music. He moved to the upright bass while in high school and soon became well-versed in both the classical and jazz canons. In addition to logging countless hours filling the role of Oklahoma City's top jazz bassist he has also performed bass duties at Carnegie Hall. He’s also a member of the New Growth Jazz Quartet.
Chris Hicks hails from Oklahoma City where he earned such honors as Musician of the Year from 1989 through 1991. He plays saxophone and guitar in every style from Jazz to R&B and Country. Chris has performed live with Sara Evans, Brooks and Dunn and jazz trumpet great Chet Baker. In 1995 Chris joined Reba McEntire's band through 2000 touring the US as well as Europe, Australia, and Brazil. Currently Chris is serving as the Coordinator of Academic Operations at the ACM@UCO in Oklahoma City.
The Performing Arts Studio Gallery and office in the Norman Depot are open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday. Phone 405-307-9320 for additional information about PAS programs.
Jazz Concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding comes from sponsors Mark Williams, Nancy McClellan, Mark Mitchell, Fred Overstreet, and Fred Schneider.