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An Evening of JAZZ

  • B Side Ballroom & Super Club 1 Clinton Plaza Drive Oneonta, NY, 13820 United States (map)

An Evening of JAZZ! RICH MOLLIN on Bass, JOHN HVASTA on Drums, CHARLES UBANKS on piano & MICHAEL BOCIAN on Guitar.

Rich Mollin is an international performer and recording artist based at SUNY Oneonta and Davenport Center for the Arts.

Pianist Charles Ubanks. Charles has played with Bobby Hutcherson-Harold Land Quintet, Dewey Redman, Kenny Clarke (in Dakar, Senegal), Woody Shaw (New York, Canada & US Tours), Art Blakey & The Jaz...z Messengers (The Village Gate, New York City), Frank Foster's Big Band "Latin Meets Jazz" (Top of the Gate, New York City), Pharaoh Sanders Quartet (Spain, France and Italy Tours), Oliver Lake Quartet (European Tours, American Tours and New York City venues), Max Roach Ensemble (Brooklyn, New York venue), Archie Shepp Quartet (France Tour, American venues), David "Fathead" Newman Quartet (Boston and Washington D.C. venues), Sonny Fortune Quartet (European, African and American venues), Pony Poindexter Quartet (European venues), James Blood Ulmer Quartet (New York City venues), and David Murray's Big Band (New York City venues).

From 1963-68, he was a studio musician at Motown Records, Detroit, MI, recording with various artists. From 1967-71, he was an accompanist to Modern Dance Classes at, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. From 1971-72, he was a piano teacher, teaching beginning and intermediate classes, for Project Music, Detroit, MI. In 1975, he was a piano teacher for the New York City Board of Education. In 1983, he was a National Endowment For the Arts Grant Recipient. In 1986, he performed at the Meet The Composer Concert, NYC Public Library. From 1986-91, he was music director for the City of New York, Parks and Recreation Department. Charles currently teaches piano at SUNY Oneonta.

Guitarist Michael Bocian. A virtuoso on both acoustic and electric guitar, Michael Bocian was destined to become an eclectic player with a broad range. He was raised in a home offering ethnic music and instruments - the earliest sounds he was exposed to through his Polish upbringing were church music and the polkas played at weddings. As a teenager, he was first inspired by Motown, then by the heavy rock vibe of Hendrix and Jimmy Page, and finally awed by the Spanish music played by classical guitarist John Williams. By the age of 12 Bocian had settled on the guitar as his instrument.

John Hvasta has a new record out called the Ohana quartet and a quintet record to follow soon! He also teaches jazz drumming in the NY area and has been a practitioner of that style for the last 60 years!

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