Fri 2/28 @ 8PM
Northeast Ohio is teeming with both veteran and rising jazz stars, thanks to the large number of college and university jazz programs in the area.
Pianist Theron Brown, who is 32, is one of the latter. He got his start playing in church in his native Zanesville, where his parents led a church. In high school, he discovered Thelonius Monk, along with influences such as Art Tatum, Herbie Hancock and Oscar Peterson, which inspired him to pursue his degree in jazz studies at the University of Akron. He’s in demand for festivals, clubs, special events and collaborations in the area; has performed in Canada, India and Japan; hosts monthly jams at Akron’s Blu Jazz+; and co-founded the Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival, which he directs. He even portrayed one of his idols, Hancock, in the Miles Davis bio film, Miles Ahead.
Now he’s finally releasing his debut album, No Concepts, which brings together his background in gospel, soul and jazz. He’ll celebrate its release with a show at the BOP STOP, where he’ll be joined by drummer Zaire Darden and bassist Jordan McBride. Admission is $15.