FFY Jazz – First Fridays Quintet
Our First Fridays Jazz series continues with this stellar quintet. The music is straight ahead and the admission is FREE!
Born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI, trumpeter and composer Ingrid Racine embraces everything from early jazz to bop, fusion to folk and hip hop. Her strong bebop sensibility shines, even as she explores music across decades and geographical boundaries. She is also a member of the Ann Arbor Afrobeat collective NOMO.
Originally from the Midwest, Andy has studied horn with Margie Gage of the Grand Rapids Symphony, Jon Menkis of the Boston Symphony and Julie Schleif at Interlochen Arts Academy. After beginning serious musical training in horn at the IAA, playing bass and performing improvised music became a main interest. A few years later, a stint in the US Air Force bands took him travelling and performing throughout much of the US, Europe and Asia. While finishing graduate school, Andy directed the Campus Jazz big band and small ensembles, plus the Michigan Youth Jazz program at University of Michigan.
An alumnus of the University of Michigan School of Music, Mark studied with Larry Teal and Donald Sinta. After college, Mark studied jazz with noted jazz educator Harry Meidema of Indianapolis.
Mark is on staff at Oakland University, teaching Applied Jazz Saxophone. A charter member of the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra, and Walter White’s Small Medium @ Large, Mark is also a regular member of The Johnny Trudell Big Band, The Bobby Streng House Big Band and The Motor City Jazz Orchestra. Mark has performed often with the Detroit Symphony, and can be heard in a vast array of settings throughout the year, from the concert hall, to ethnic festivals, jazz festivals, local theaters, and many different Klezmer/Orthodox Jewish groups throughout the Midwest.
Keyboardist Mark Pappas is the former coordinator of the Eastern Michigan University Jazz Combo Program, both teaching the ensembles and setting up performance opportunities. He was also the assistant jazz ensemble director, running one rehearsal per week. His EMU appointment as Part-time Lecturer Faculty began in the fall of 2003 until he left in December of 2018 to pursue other opportunities. A regular performer at the Tower Inn until last year, he has been gigging locally since 2000.
A graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in music education, Scott Kretzer is a freelance percussionist and teacher in the Northwest Ohio/Southeastern Michigan area. He teaches applied percussion, world music, and directs the Jazz Ensemble at Heidelberg University. Scott performs regularly with the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, Carl Cafagna and North Star Jazz, The Sixth Edition, and the Murphy’s Place Jazz Orchestra. He has performed with many top jazz artists including Clark Terry, Delfayo Marsalis, David “Fathead Newman”, Shirley Jordan, John Clayton, Sonny Fortune, and Jon Hendricks.