Beacon’s own John Merritt takes the stage at Quinn’s with his group JFF’s Music For Children. Do not be fooled by the name. This music is outrageously bold and ecstatic with tons of energy and surprises. You can check them out here:
Here’s some more info on the other group playing this night:
These three musicians began playing music together when Wallace moved to Brooklyn, NY in the Fall of 2015. There was instant conversational and musical chemistry, and they’ve been making music ever since. Creatively egalitarian, all three musicians contribute pieces to their repertoire, creating an engaging range of musical influences. However, these pieces primarily serve as fodder for their collective improvisational tendencies, simultaneously experimental yet heavily rooted in the jazz tradition.
Deric Dickens is a Brooklyn based percussionist and composer. Deric has performed numerous times with Donald Brown, Jerry Coker, Chris Speed, Joe Fiedler, Kirk Knuffke, and Jeff Lederer at various clubs and festivals including Birdland, 55 Bar, Bonnaroo, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Atlas Performing Arts, Knoxville Jazz Festival, Litchfield Jazz Festival, GDS Jazz Festival, Washington D.C Jazz Festival and The Muroran Jazz Festival Japan. He currently leads his groups Speed Date, Rocket #9, The Dickens Campaign, and Left Bomb Bay and co leads Dix Out (avant Trad. Band), Team Players, and Arabic for Beginners with Lena Bloch. Dickens was recently runner up in Drum Magazines 2014 Drummie awards in the Rising Star category.
Bassist Jake K. Leckie embraces a wide variety of music from around the world. Born in Boston, he studied double bass with John Lockwood, and began playing professionally at age 15. He attended the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he studied with Michael Formanek. He continued his education at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, and with the McGill Baroque Orchestra in Montreal where he also studied with tango pianist/composer Victor Simon. He has toured internationally, and has performed with a diverse array of artists including Eli “Paperboy” Reed, and Sixto “Sugarman” Rodriguez. Since moving to New York in 2015, Jake has played at The Blue Note and The Havana Jazz Festival in Cuba.
Eli Wallace, pianist/composer/improviser/curator, is an internationally performing artist residing in Brooklyn, NY. His fiery free jazz trio Cabbages, Captain, & King released their debut album on Edgetone Records and were featured in the 14th Annual Outsound New Music Summit. As a versatile performer he plays in numerous groups, ranging in genre from straight-ahead jazz, to indie rock, to free improvisation, to classical music. As a composer he’s written pieces for chamber groups, jazz groups, full studio orchestra, jazz big band, vocal jazz ensembles, and solo piano. In 2014 he performed a commissioned work at Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY, and in 2012 he was awarded Honorable Mention from the EarShot Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Readings. His musical education was granted by Lawrence University, Appleton WI, and New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, where he completed a Bachelor’s of Music, and a Master’s of Music, respectively.