Alto saxophonist Tom Wright showcases his reworking, rescoring, and “reimaging “of a collection of Billy Joel’s greatest hits at Wheel Session 76. Following up on his recent release – Notes from the Journey, Tom Wright’s Cat and Mouse Quartet – Tom roles on with his original and creative approach to orchestrating music for the jazz quartet. And, in the agile hands of pianist Sean Higgins, bassist Shannon Hoover, and drummer Kevin Korschgen, you can expect Joel’s tunes to embark on a very magical journey.
Tom Wright is a saxophonist, composer, math professor, and avid traveler who lives in Spartanburg, SC. He is currently the director of the Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble, the composer-in-residence for the Greenville Jazz Collective, and a freelance musician in the Carolinas. Tom’s saxophone playing has been lauded as energetic, expressive, and quirky; his compositions blend disparate influences – ranging from Maria Schneider and Kenny Garrett to Tupac Shakur and Rage Against the Machine – into something that is both artistic and accessible. Tom is an accomplished performer who has played saxophone on all seven continents and has shared the stage with everyone from Wynton Marsalis to Regis Philbin to Miss America.
Outside of music, Tom is a math professor at Wofford College, having received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University in 2009. He’s also the author of Trolling Euclid: An Irreverent Guide to Nine of Mathematics‘ Most Important Problems.
The “Wheel Sessions” is a jazz performance series hosted at underground locations in Greenville South Carolina. Performances begin at 7:30 pm, and are held in front of an intimate listening audience. There is a $15 entrance fee (now taking cards), which includes complimentary beverage and two sets of music; all proceeds go to the artists. Attendees may also BYOB. To reserve a seat, phone or text (312) 520-2760
“This program is funded in part by the Metropolitan Arts Council which receives support from the City of Greenville, BMW Manufacturing Company, Michelin North America, Inc., SEW Eurodrive, and the South Carolina Arts Commission.”
Contributors Level – DIANA FARFAN STUDIOS
Champions Level – THE PEACE CENTER
Directions: When arriving at the location, drive to the parking lot all the way behind the facility. Enter at the double doors and come to the Fellowship Hall.