Ronnie Burrage Trio:
- Ronnie Burrage: drums,
- Michal Wierba: piano,
- Nimrod Speaks: bass
Tickets are $20 (students $10)
Ronnie Burrage is considered one of the best jazz musicians on the
world scene today. He is featured on more than 100 recordings; and
has toured on all four continents from Siberia to South Africa to
Japan. Ronnie's latest productions, “Heal”, "Spirit Guides / Truth and
Love Music" & "Blue Noise", may be some of his greatest works.
Ronnie’s musical biography is dynamic and vibrant. He has played
with Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius. He has also worked with the great names in the music, Frank Morgan, Wallace Roney, Jackie & Rene McLean, James Moody, Gary Bartz, Archie Shepp, Reggie Workman, Joe Zawinul, Cedar Walton, Woody Shaw, McCoy Tyner, Pepper Adams, Michael Brecker. It is a catalog of jazz greats!
In addition, Ronnie Burrage is an influential teacher, both privately and in significant institutions.He has served as an Adjunct Professor at The Pennsylvania State University and currently at State
University of New York - Old Westbury, where he leads one of the most dynamic programs that incorporates History of Jazz and Music of World Cultures.
“Prof Burrage is known not only for his virtuoso ability with all forms of percussion, but as an innovative composer and program designer who can put together dramatic musical programs which are deeply educational and altogether entertaining. Ronnie has been saying
something musically, at a very high level." Amiri Baraka, Author
Michal Wieba is a rising star on Polish jazz scene – a pianist, composer and producer of a new generation with a recognizable style of playing, extraordinary image and charismatic personality. His style draws elements from jazz, funk, pop, cinematic and electronic music. Michal started playing piano at the age
of seventeen. A few years later he became the winner of numerous jazz competitions all over Europe, such as GETXO Jazz Festival (Spain), Hauge Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Jazz Hoeilaart Festival (Belgium), Jazz Juniors, Jazz nad Odrą (Poland) etc. He was nominated for the Cultural Guarantees award in 2010 (Wierba & Schmidt Quintet) and supported Wayne Shorter Quartet on
Lotos Jazz Festival (Poland, 2008).
Michal has worked with leading Polish and American artists such as Ronnie Burrage, Marek Bałata, Marek Piekarczyk, Piotr Baron, Piotr Wojtasik, Benjamin Drazen, Nimrod Speaks, Tomasz “Kukush”
Kukurba (from Polish famous group Kroke), Marlene Rosenberg, Wojciech Myrczek, Frank Parker, Arek Skolik, Karo Glazer and others. He has recorded around twenty albums (as a leader and session musician).
In 2013, Michal, focusing on a solo career, began to write his own music and make his own records, putting a band together and touring regularly with Michał Wierba Doppelganger Project (Orange
Sky solo album) and then with Michał Wierba & The Hunters. In 2016 Wierba toured with a legendary American jazz drummer Ronnie Burrage, with whom he performed on All Souls Jazz
Festival in Chicago. In addition, these musicians recorded an official single entitled, “The Dance of The Great Spirit”, which was the beginning of their cooperation as the group Holographic Principle
(with renown American bassist Nimrod Speaks). Furthermore, this year Polish artist released his solo album, “Body Language” (Live in Polish Radio III /Trójka: For Tune Records) appreciated by
Born in Philadelphia, Pa, Nimrod Speaks is a well-trained bassist,
composer and educator both on electric and double bass. He began
playing at the age of 16 on an electric fender bass while in high
school under the tutorship of Ricardo Jackson. He later was
introduced to the double bass during his first semester in college.
He brings his individual soulful tone to many styles of music.
Much of his musical studies in classical and jazz concentration include training with Ben Blazer, Ralph Bowen, Douglas Mapp, Conrad Herwig, Maria Cadieux, Scott Lee, Kevin Kjos, Mike Richmond, Victor Lewis, Vic Juris, and Stanley Cowell.
While obtaining a B.A in Music Education from Kutztown University and a Masters in Jazz Studies from Rutgers University, landed him opportunities to play with renowned artist of today. Some include Boostie Barnes, Ronnie Burrage, Doc Gibbs, Hannibal Lokumbe including performance at premier jazz venues such as the Blue Note in NYC and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.