Charles Pillow, jazz saxophone with Gary Versace, piano/accordion

Faculty Artist Series

November 28, 2017 | 8:00 PM Hatch Recital Hall
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The Faculty Artist Series is generously supported by Patricia Ward-Baker. 








With 5 CD’s to his credit, Charles Pillow has established himself as one of the premier woodwind multi-instrumentalists of today. His orchestration of Mussorgskys’ “Pictures at an Exhibition” (2004) and Gustav Holsts (2007)’ “The Planets”, both on ArtistShare, and “Van Gogh Letters” 2010 on ELCM, have earned him critical acclaim:

“Pillow is on the cutting edge of a trend. He ushers in a previously unexploited way to enliven and extend jazz” ALLABOUTJAZZ.COM

A fluent performer, teacher, and touring musician he has performed on over 100 recordings of jazz and pop artists, including those of Michael Brecker, Maria Schneider, David Sanborn, Joe Henderson, John Scofield, Bob Mintzer, Bob Belden, Jay Z, David Liebman, Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross.


Gary Versace, who received his master’s degree in music performance at the Eastman School of Music, is one of the busiest and most versatile musicians on the international jazz scene. He is often featured in bands led by musicians such as John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Al Foster, Regina Carter, Maria Schneider, Madeleine Peyroux, John Hollenbeck, and many others. He twice was a guest on NPR’s Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland, who described him as “endlessly inventive” and having “an extraordinary talent.”

Named a “Rising Star” on DownBeat Critics Polls in 2009 and 2010 and winner of the Jazz Journalists’ Association’s Best Organist award in 2012, Versace has released several CDs under his own name on the SteepleChase and Criss Cross labels and has appeared as a guest on almost 50 more. He is the pianist on Ralph Alessi’s CD Quiver, which received 4.5 stars in DownBeat; as accordionist on Maria Schneider’s Grammy-winning The Thompson Fields; as Hammond organist on Ellery Eskelin’s Trip Willisau: Live and Rich Perry’s Organique; and on all three instruments on Kurt Elling’s Passion World.


Thelonius Monk
Hermet Pascoal
Charles Pillow