Rising Star DEVON GATES with The KEVIN BALES Trio
May 28 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
An event every day that begins at 6:30 pm, repeating until May 29, 2021
Grammy Nominated Jazz Pianist & Composer ~ KEVIN BALES ~ Musician, Teacher, Performer ~
By some measures, Kevin Bales was a latecomer to jazz, already 17 when he encountered the sounds and structures and became captivated by the freedom and corresponding challenges of the music. But if late to the party, he wasted no time in immersing himself in the celebration, declaring total commitment to what would be his life’s work and backing his announcement by resigning his job and designated career in computer programming.
Kevin could commit to jazz with a reasonable degree of expectation. He was already an accomplished pianist, with classical chops refined since the age of 10. So accomplished he was invited to audition for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, then under the direction of its most storied conductor Robert Shaw, at age 16.
Kevin’s initial career move was to the University of North Florida and a budding if little-known jazz program. There he met and performed with, and went on to record and tour with, a number of monumental artists who had settled into that burgeoning North Florida jazz scene. Giants like Wynton Marsalis, Louie Bellson, Eddie Daniels, James Moody, Ben Tucker, Ira Sullivan, Sam Rivers, and Nat Adderley. He counts among his mentors bassist Ben Tucker, multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan, guitar legends Nathen Page and Jack Petersen, and the fiercely individual saxophonist Bunky Green. His meeting with Bunky Green led to five years of tours. His encounter with guitarist Nathen Page blossomed into 15 years of spot tours and four albums. And his work with trumpeter extraordinaire Marcus Printup has become a lifetime association that has included recordings on Blue Note/Capital records.
visit Kevin at www.kevinbales.com
DEVON GATES ~ Bassist, Vocalist, Rising Star!
Devon Gates (bass, vocals) was one of the young artists-in-residence for The Hilton Head Jazz Camp in 2019 from Atlanta, Georgia. As a high school student, she studied with Dr. Gordon Vernick, Kevin Bales, and Billy Thornton as part of the Georgia State University Rialto Honors Combo, with which she released the album Playing the Music of Roy Hargrove in 2019.
In the fall of 2019, Devon began college at Harvard University, studying music and social anthropology while pursuing a dual degree with Berklee College of Music in jazz performance, where she studies with the Institute for Jazz and Gender Justice, and Global Jazz Institute.
Between these institutions she has been able to study with Linda Oh, Kris Davis, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, Danilo Perez, and Vijay Iyer, in addition to performing with artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater and Tia Fuller.
HANI’EL MASTRIANI-LEVI ~ Saxophonist, Rising Star!
Hani’el Mastriani-Levi is an Israeli-American saxophonist currently based in Atlanta, GA. After moving to the United States in 2012, he began performing with the Junior Jazz Rising Stars across the Lowcountry and Southeast. While in high school, he led his own group and participated in the Rialto Honors Combo. As a part of RHC, he recorded the album, Playing the Music of Roy Hargrove, featuring original arrangements of Roy Hargrove’s music.
Hani’el is currently pursuing a BMU in Jazz Studies at Georgia State University under the direction of Dr. Gordon Vernick. At GSU, he studies with renowned musicians David Sánchez and Kevin Bales, and performs in their top jazz ensembles.
MARLON PATTON ~ Percussionist, Composer, Educator
Born and raised in Georgia, Marlon Patton is a New York-based drummer and music producer/engineer. Hailing from a long line of drummers dating back to his grandfather, Phil Patton who played in the Chicago big band circuit, Marlon keeps his schedule interesting and packed full of all types of music. He is the first call for so many musicians not just because of his impeccable time, but because of the incredible musicality of what he delivers. He plays within a huge dynamic range, making him the perfect match for quiet piano jazz performances to hard- hitting rock gigs. He can play with everything from precision to reckless abandon and make it truly his own. He currently is a member of Kenosha Kid, Weisshund, Nelson Patton, Lonnie Holley, The Trey Wright Trio and The Mace Hibbard Quintet.
He has toured, performed and/or recorded with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Jim White, Larkin Poe, Delta Moon, Gordi, Lera Lynn, Liv Warfield, Lonnie Holley, Shahzad Ismaily, Col. Bruce Hampton, Takana Miyamoto, John Patitucci, Lew Soloff, Randy Brecker, Bobby Shew, Rufus Reid, Marcus Printup, Kevin Bales, Wycliffe Gordon, TOKU and Russel Gunn. He has recorded for labels such as Sony, Universal, Jagjaguwar, RH Music, Yep Roc, Ropeadope plus many more independent releases. His drumming has been in soundtracks on Adult Swim, ABC, and HBO.
In the studio, Marlon has carved a name for himself recording, mixing, and producing. Some recent projects he’s worked on are Lonnie Holley’s MITH, Jim White’s Where It Hits You, Leah Calvert’s Satellite, Daniel Clay’s 10,000 Things, Kenosha Kid’s Fahrenheit 451, ILL’s Gotten Gains, and Blair Dunlop/Larkin Poe’s Killing Time.
Marlon plays Canopus Drums exclusively.
“While he’s known mostly as a phenomenal drummer, he’s also a badass bass player, an amazing engineer and all around musical whiz. Throw in the fact that he’s easygoing, modest and eminently sane and you can understand why when someone approaches me to produce their record the first thing I do is check if Marlon is available. Same with my personal recordings. He’s just utterly indispensable.”— Jim White
Visit Marlon @ www.marlonpatton.com