The Press Room presents Sunday Night Jazz featuring The Press Room Trio with Billy Pierce.
About Featured Performer Billy Pierce
The Press Room Trio is honored on this special night to host one of the most important jazz musicians in the world, Professor Billy Pierce. Pierce, a former member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and the Tony William’s Quintet, went on to become the Berklee College of Music’s woodwind department chairman. A longtime friend of The Press Room and nearby University of New Hampshire’s jazz department, he returns to The Press Room stage on tenor and soprano sax.
About Sunday Night Jazz
As legendary as The Press Room itself, the Sunday Night Jazz series has been a staple of the Seacoast jazz scene almost forty years. Born out of Press Room founder Jay Smith’s admiration for pianist Tommy Gallant, the weekly series boasted a house rhythm section of Gallant, Jim Howe, and Les Harris Sr. Across hundreds and hundreds of shows, the trio backed a rotating cast of local, regional, and nationally-recognized players.
For the past decade pianist Ryan Parker has carried the torch, bringing the storied tradition to a new generation of players and listeners, and showcasing some of the best jazz in the Seacoast at The Press Room every Sunday night. Current house band, featuring Ryan Parker, bassist Keala Kaumeheiwa, and drummer Les Harris. Jr., lays down the rhythm most evenings.
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