Generations of Bebop
Generations of Bebop
Tom Amend – Piano
Tenia Nelson – Piano
Jeff Jenkins – Piano
Ed Breazeale – Drums
Peter Huffaker – Bass
The history of bebop can be traced through the development of evolving piano styles. New sounds and sonorities emerged as the music grew, and melodic lines and voicings changed. Three figures were key in this development: Bud Powell, Mary Lou Williams, and Bill Evans. In homage to these masters and the different styles of bebop they espoused, three of Colorado’s finest pianists will perform their takes on this great American art form. A unique opportunity that is not to be missed!
Jeff Jenkins attended the University of North Texas, where he led many of his own groups. After college, he moved to New York and studied with the likes of Richie Beirach, Kenny Barron, and Fred Hersch, all while working on Broadway and in the clubs. In the last 15 years, he has released four CDs, the most recent being Cique (Capri Records), an eclectic exciting blend of jazz and funk. He has performed with many jazz greats in that amount of time as well, including Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Harris, Clark Terry, Dakota Staton, Frank Morgan, Marlena Shaw, David “Fathead” Newman, Teddy Edwards, the Count Basie Orchestra, the New York Voices, Bobby Hutcherson, Nelson Rangell, René Marie, John Abercrombie, and Richie Cole.
Tom Amend is an organist, pianist, composer, and arranger from Denver, CO. He received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and a Master of Music in Jazz Composition from the University of Northern Colorado. Through his association with UNC, Amend performed with the nationally recognized ensembles Lab I, Vocal Lab, and the Vanguard Combo. As a member of these ensembles, he also performed with Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Julia Dollison, Jeff Hamilton, Joey DeFrancesco, Groove For Thought, Greg Gisbert, Deborah Brown, John Fedchock, Louis Hayes, Dave Liebman, Sheila Jordan, and many others. Amend’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by Chris Potter, John Fedchock, Joey DeFrancesco, and UNC’s Lab I and Vocal Lab. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano at the University of Northern Colorado and performs extensively as both a leader and a sideman.
Tenia Nelson is a pianist, percussionist, composer, arranger, and educator. She received a Bachelor’s of Music in Education from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2004, and a Master’s of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010. She is on the board of The Gift of Jazz, a non-profit organization based in Denver, which actively supports jazz performance in the Rocky Mountain region to ensure that jazz remains a creative force in Colorado. In addition to teaching, she performs regularly at jazz venues in the Denver metro area, including Dazzle at Baur’s, Ophelia’s, the Crimson Room, and La Cour. Nelson leads a Denver-based jazz group, Spherio, that focuses on arranging and playing the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk (Tenia Nelson, keys; Bob Songster, bass; Andreas Schmid, drums). Additionally, as a freelance musician she plays all types of music including local performances with Soul Daddy, a hip hop, soul, R&B, and rock group. Most recently, Denver’s premier jazz radio station KUVO featured Nelson’s music and Spherio.