The Gus Woodrow Quartet
Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, The Arizona Senior Academy Building
Popularized in the 1950s and 1960s, bossa nova took the world by storm with music from artists such as Joao Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim. The Arizona Senior Academy is pleased to present a concert by the Gus Woodrow Quartet, bringing us the continuing Brazilian traditions of bossa nova with its tropical and jazz stylings.
The Gus Woodrow Quartet features, in addition to lead guitarist Woodrow, bass guitarist Patrick Morris, drummer Casey Hadland, and keyboardist Chris Peña. Active in the Tucson music scene, they play regularly at Maynard’s Kitchen in downtown Tucson on alternating Fridays.
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