Levine Presents 2021-22

Horacescope: The Music of Horace Silver

Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 7 PM ET

Thank you for joining us for the 2021-22 Levine Presents Performance Series, Hear Our Voices.

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Levine is committed to building new audiences for music by offering outstanding performances, master classes, and other musical events free-of-charge. This season of Levine Presents is offered free of charge thanks to the generosity of many donors. Please consider making a gift to support these programs.

Selections will be announced from the stage.

About the Artists

Paul Bratcher, piano

Paul Bratcher is co-chair of the piano faculty at Levine Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Georgetown University. A native of Harrisburg, PA he began playing piano at age 11. After high school Paul continued his education at Messiah College where he had the pleasure of playing with and learning from such jazz masters as, Tim Warfield, Kirk Reese, Cyrus Chestnut and Bruce Barth. Paul continued his education at Michigan State University in the Jazz Studies program under world-renowned bassist Rodney Whitaker. Paul has shared the stage with Rodney Whitaker, Diego Rivera, Etienne Charles, Michael Dease, Tim Warfield, Jeff “Tain” Watts and Branford Marsalis and, after graduating with his M.M. in Jazz Studies in 2013, has been busy playing and touring with Anthony Stanco and the Crucial Elements. He has participated in multiple international tours in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Canada, and Uruguay Indonesia, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Jordan, and Germany.

Herman Burney, bass

Born in Washington, DC, Herman Burney was raised in Winston-Salem, NC. He grew up in church listening to Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin and James Cleveland. A true student and fan of jazz music, Herman often gives his time to the support of future jazz musicians. Herman enjoys working at music camps, presenting workshops, teaching private students and educating audiences. Having traveled all over the world, Herman has established an impressive list of performance credentials, having performed with Nnenna Freelon, Marcus Roberts, Freddy Cole, Wynton Marsalis, Natalie Cole and many others.

Paul Carr, tenor saxophone

Paul Carr, a Houston native and a 1985 Howard University graduate, has dedicated his professional career to mastering the saxophone and the art of jazz. Paul is passionately committed to the education of children and particularly as it relates to the preservation of jazz. In 2002, he founded the Jazz Academy of Music, which hosts summer camps and jazz ensembles for kids throughout the year. In 2014, Paul received the prestigious, Howard University, “Benny Golson Jazz Master Award,” for his outstanding work as a performer, presenter and educator. He served as a panelist at the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus where he spoke on the importance of jazz education and advocated for a bill currently being vetted in Congress that will offer federal support toward the advancement and preservation of traditional jazz.

Byron Lanham, drums

By the time he graduated from high school, Byron Christopher Landham aka “Wookie” was a top call on the Philly jazz scene. In 1992, his musical prowess had earned him steady work with some of the finest musicians in the world including notables such as the late great Betty Carter, George Coleman, Bobby Hutcherson, Joey DeFrencesco, Frank Wes, Pat Martino, Cyrus Chestnut, and Hannibal Lokumbe and the Liberation Orchestra. He most recently had a three-year stint with six time Grammy Award winner Dave Sanborn. Byron continues to be a strong advocate for jazz education and is currently on faculty at Temple University, Philadelphia (PA), where he serves as an adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies for Drumming.

Tim Thompson, trumpet

Originally from Doswell, Virginia, Tim Thompson’s various musical interests have allowed him to perform in a variety of settings with many talented musicians. He attended Temple University and studied trumpet with virtuoso Terrell Stafford who was his greatest influence as a teacher. Over his musical career, Tim has played with jazz legends including Stefon Harris, Orrin Evans, Tim Warfield, Cyrus Chestnut, Clark Terry, and Jon Faddis among others. After several years of teaching music to middle and high school students in and around Philadelphia, Tim moved to Lancaster where he now teaches in the Warwick School District in Lititz. 

Corey Wallace, trombone

Baltimore, MD native, trombonist Corey Wallace has gained the respect and admiration of many in his relentless pursuits of good music and amazing life experiences. He was selected as the 2012 Best Trombonist by the Washington [DC] City Paper for his “technical fluidity and for the heavy dose [of] introspection that sits right on the surface of his playing” and more recently, he was selected as Best Trombonist in the 2019 NYC Reader Jazz Poll (sponsored by Hot House Magazine/Jazzmobile). As a teaching artist, he has taught at the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Harlem School for the Arts, in the New York Public School System, and is a current faculty member in a variety of programs at Jazz at Lincoln Center. 

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