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Lucas Brown Quartet – Shades and Hues of the Blues

June 18, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society are pleased to welcome the new Lucas Brown Quartet to the 1867 Sanctuary!

Jazz organist Lucas Brown’s new quartet explores an expansive variety of tone colors and orchestrations afforded by its unique instrumental combination. Fusing the traditional configuration of organ, guitar and drums with the expressive sound of the vibraphone, this quartet explores repertoire with a focus on the array of subtle shades available to them. While the straight-ahead swinging Jazz tradition is their jumping-off point, the music also travels down a contemporary path, exciting and fresh.

The quartet includes Lucas Brown (Organ), Behn Gillece (Vibraphone), Sean Markey (Guitar), Doug Hirlinger (Drums).

Lucas Brown
Lucas Brown

Lucas Brown is a performing artist, composer and educator. He actively performs both Jazz and Classical music and has performed around the US at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, the Jazz Standard and the Blue Note, as well as in Europe and Asia. His compositions have been presented throughout the US and Europe. A member of the faculty at the Temple University Esther Boyer College of Music, Lucas holds a BM in Jazz Performance from Temple University and a MM in Organ Performance from Westminster Choir College.

Known to many throughout the Jazz world as an organist, Lucas has been a member of saxophone legend Bootsie Barnes’ organ trio since the age of 21. Since that time, he has performed with such Jazz artists as Pat Martino, Eric Alexander, Terell Stafford, and Gerald Veasley, and is a sideman on numerous recordings. He was awarded the Clef Club Jazz Award in 2014 in recognition of his contributions as an organist in Philadelphia. Lucas was a member of the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT) artist roster as a member of the group Three Blind Mice, with Victor North and Wayne Smith Jr. Lucas has also performed with Opera Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Lucas maintains a busy performance schedule on the Jazz scene and serves as organist at Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church. He also serves at historic Christ Church in Philadelphia, accompanying their monthly choral vespers series. He recently earned his Master’s degree in Organ Performance at Westminster Choir College as a student of Alan Morrison and is an active member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and, sitting on the program committee. He has twice been a featured artist at Organ Day at the Kimmel Center.

Lucas has studied composition with Robert Convery, Mark Rimple and Bruce Barth and has had his works as a composer performed at such venues as Grimsby Minster in the UK, Torino Esposizioni in Italy, Movement Research at the Judson Church in NYC, and Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke. Lucas was commissioned in June 2014 to premiere a new composition as part of “If You Could Hear These Walls”, a collaborative project sponsored by Philadelphia Mural Arts and the American Composers Forum. He also collaborates frequently with choreographer and media artist, Jung-eun Kim.

Behn Gillece
Behn Gillece

Vibraphonist Behn Gillece (www.behngillecejazz.com) has built a reputation as a virtuosic instrumentalist and prolific composer. As a recording artist, he has released 8 albums as a leader/co-leader. Walk of Fire, his third album as leader was just released on the Posi-Tone Label. The album showcases Gillece’s compositions with an exciting septet. His other two leader dates, Dare to Be and debut album Mindset, received excellent reviews in reputable jazz periodicals such as Downbeat and Jazziz. He is also featured in the Posi-Tone all star group New Faces. New Faces released Straight Forward in 2018, which received excellent reviews and extensive radio airplay. It charted in the top 10 on the Jazzweek national radio charts for six consecutive weeks.

Gillece has also been featured as a sideman on more than 30 other  recordings. The most recent of these include albums by Walt Weiskopf, Michael Dease, Melody Gardot, and Ensemble Novo.

Gillece continues to tirelessly play and compose for new projects based all over the tristate area. He has performed his music throughout the country at venues like Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Kimmel Center, Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Fat Cat, Yoshi’s, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, and many others. He has also appeared at festivals worldwide, including the North Sea, Montreux, Nice, Molde, Ghent, Montreal, and Toronto festivals.

In addition to his robust performance life, Gillece also has a burgeoning career as a music educator. Gillece is a member of the faculty at New Jersey City University and Rowan University, where he teaches vibraphone and jazz ensembles. In addition to the various
workshops he has been asked to give at colleges and universities across the world, he has prepared over 200 lessons for online instruction on vibesworkshop.com, which benefits percussion students internationally.

In the spring of 2008, Gillece finished his master’s degree at SUNY Purchase. Some of his awards and honors include winning the 2008 Jazz Improvisation competition at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, participating in the 2009 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency, and winning the Generations competition in 2009.

In 2014 Gillece began endorsing Malletech and has been using instruments made by the company ever since.

Sean Markey

A graduate of Temple University in 2016, Sean Markey is an up-and-coming guitarist in the Philadelphia Jazz scene. As a member of the Temple University program, Markey has had the opportunity to perform with world-renowned musicians, including Terell Stafford and Dick Oatts. Outside of the program, he has performed with John Swana, Byron Landham, Lee Smith and the Lucas Brown Quartet. Markey performed in Amsterdam while studying abroad in 2014.

Sean was a student of Tom Giacabetti, Greg Kettinger, Craig Ebner, Vic Juris, Jesse Van Ruller, Tim Warfield, Bruce Barth and Ben Schacter. Markey is a faculty member at the Settlement School of Philadelphia, and teaches privately in Philadelphia.

Doug Hirlinger
Doug Hirlinger

Doug Hirlinger is a multifaceted musician whose diverse history includes extensive experience as a drummer, composer, educator, and producer. He possess a fascination with the synthesis of technology and music. Since first moving to New York City in 1995, Doug has been a resident of both NYC and Philadelphia multiple times, moving from one city to the other more than once, immersing himself in the deep and rich music scenes of both communities.

On drum set Doug is as much at home in jazz and experimental settings as he is on stage with the Philadelphia Orchestra. During the past 20 plus years living in his two cities of choice, he has toured Europe and the US, played many times in the most prominent venues in New York and Philadelphia, and established lasting relationships with an abundant list of collaborators. As a side man in clubs such as Philadelphia’s historic Ortlieb’s Jazz Haus and Chris’ Jazz Cafe, in New York City venues such as the Blue Note, Birdland, 55 Bar, and the Iridium, as well as in countless venues in Europe, Hirlinger has performed with a plentiful list of well known musicians that include Peter Bernstein, Seamus Blake, Ralph Bowen, Wayne Escoffrey, Joel Frahm, Stanley Jordan, Matt Mitchell, Luis Perdomo, and Tim Warfield. Hirlinger made his debut with the Philadelphia  Orchestra in March of 2017 playing drum set on the world premiere of Imaginary Day, a Duo Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba, and Orchestra composed by Pat Metheny, orchestrated and arranged by Chris Deviney. Doug was named Jazz Artist in Residence at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia for the 2017-18 season.

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New Jersey Jazz Society
New Jersey Jazz Society

Preservation New Jersey is pleased that the New Jersey Jazz Society (NJJS) is co-sponsoring jazz events at the 1867 Sanctuary. We encourage fans of our jazz concerts and jazz musicians to join NJJS at www.njjs.org so they receive their award-winning Jersey Jazz journal 11 times a year and other special benefits, including a $5 discount on tickets to Jazz Music Series concerts at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing!

To Purchase Tickets

  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Members of the New Jersey Jazz Society
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**

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June 18, 2018
8:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map