The Gus Woodrow Quartet
Tuesday, January 21, 2020,
The Arizona Senior Academy Building
Join the Gus Woodrow Quartet – guitarist Gus Woodrow, bass guitarist Patrick Morris, drummer Casey Hadland, and keyboardist Chris Peña – for a swirling “futurespective” of swing, bebop, and rhythm and blues. For their third visit to the ASA, the group will be exploring their widest variety of material yet, ranging from the early gypsy-jazz of Django Reinhardt to the cool post-bop of Miles Davis, through the kaleidoscopic soul inflections of Wes Montgomery. Bandleader Woodrow poses the question, “Jazz has a rich history behind it, but what lies ahead?”
Award-winning guitarist Woodrow began playing guitar at age 7. A graduate of the University of Arizona, his notable achievements in recent years include an appearance as solo performer on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” and winning the 2014 National Young Artists’ Competition, leading to a performance at the New World Symphony Center in Miami.
Morris is an Arizona-born bassist and educator. He earned his undergraduate degree in performance and jazz composition from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has been a guest instructor at IAM Music Institute in Durango, CO. A creative and versatile bassist, he has toured the U.S. and Mexico.
Hadland is a Tucson-based drummer whose joy in playing captivates audiences. While attending the University of Arizona, he studied piano, jazz, vibraphone, auxiliary percussion, composition and arranging, but he admits that his biggest musical influences came from listening as a youngster to his dad’s old jazz records.
Peña has been playing piano and keyboards since the age of 5. With early training at the Tucson Jazz Institute, his jazz studies continued at Arizona State University, where his original song “Overlap” won ASU’s first jazz composition competition. His performances around the state include the Paradise Valley Jazz Party, Chandler Jazz Festival, and the Arizona Mardi Gras Parade.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer