February 25, 2023
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Pianists rarely get to play together and that’s part of what makes this duo piano show an event you don’t want to miss. Now add to that the fact that the two stars of this show are Chris Andrew and Mboya Nicholson, two of the most inventive and respected jazz musicians on the scene today and you have the makings of a show full of percussive Afro -Cuban rhythms and swinging old school jazz, featuring standards and their own original compositions.
These two have a mutual admiration going back 30 years, when Chris, a fledgling outreach instructor and Mboya, a music student, would gather in the practice area talking about what groundbreaking thing Charlie Austin was doing, or just noodle together on the pianos at Grant MacEwan College. Now as MacEwan University music professors, they find themselves gathering once again and making time to play together just for fun and inspiration. This is not duelling pianos, but two players inspiring each other and sharing their astonishing musical chemistry.
Chris Andrew is a Galaxy Rising Star Award winning pianist with a carer thus far spanning over 28 years. His trio, The Hutchinson Andrew Trio in 2013 won the prestigious “TD Grand Prix Award” at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Edmonton jazz pianist Mboya Nicholson has been a fixture on the music scene in Alberta for 5 years. He has performed internationally, from Japan to Guadeloupe and worked as an arranger for strings for conductor Colin Mendez Morris.
Venue Phone: (780) 432-0428
Venue Website: https://yardbirdsuite.com
Band membersChris Andrew, piano
Mboya Nicholson, piano
Tickets will also be available at the door if not previously sold out online.
Doors open at 7:00 pm.