The Confluence Quintet, including Ph.D. students and faculty from the Department of Music, perform on the weekly Tea Time Concerts series. The members of Confluence Quintet are deeply informed by the 100+ year jazz tradition, in addition to their passion for engaging discourses of popular music. With influences spanning from Thelonious Monk to Erykah Badu, and from the Buena Vista Social Club to Billie Eilish, Confluence’s leaders, Jonah Francese and Jacob Secor, are committed to writing and performing music that respects and dialogues with a wide variety of styles. For this concert, they are delighted to be performing with their professor, Anthony Cheung, as well as friends, Steve Manns and Andres Alberto Lopez.
Complimentary tea and cookies are served at 4:15 pm, and the music begins at 4:30 in Fulton Recital Hall.
Jacob Secor – saxophone
Jonah Francese – trumpet
Anthony Cheung – piano
Steve Manns – bass
Andres Alberto Lopez – drums
Hailing from Boston, Jonah Francese graduated Berklee College of Music and did his masters at the New England Conservatory for jazz composition. During his years on the East Coast he played in a 4 year residency salsa band, had the honor to play behind Alejandro Sanz, A.R. Rahman, Clinton Corejo, as well as study with greats such as Fred Hersch, Jerry Bergonzi, Miguel Zenon, Phil Wilson, and Tiger Okishi. His hip hop band that he co-founded with bandmate Taylor Kelly got to open for Salt-N-Pepa, and his own band Thinkin' Big has toured international twice and nationally four times, including recently releasing their album "Reclamation" which is out everywhere. Jonah continues to gig all around Chicago and is starting a Latinx big band that melds salsa / mambo traditions tied to instrumentation with reggaetón, bachata, cumbia, and other music that Latinx children grew up on, hoping to bring together community cross-generationally.
Jacob Secor is a saxophonist and composer from Raleigh, NC. Since graduating from UNC-Asheville’s Jazz and Contemporary Music program, he has toured, recorded, and performed throughout the Southeast with a diverse range of groups in addition to leading groups, the Secret Quartet and Window Cat. From New Orleans brass bands to hard-hitting modern jazz, and from neo-soul to rock and pop, Jacob has brought his big sound and engaging sense for provocative improvisation to every musical opportunity. Now based out of Chicago, Jacob is completing a PhD in Ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago.