This was our last session prior to the coronavirus. We will never forget that performance - Sean Higgins was tremendous, a great evening of jazz, yet it truly felt that we were on the eve of the pandemic.
Sean Higgins Trio, Wheel Session 80
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
1135 State Park Road
Greenville, SC 29609
Admission $15 (now taking cards)
Sean Higgins,pianist and composer, is an international touring and recording artist acting as a musical ambassador to audiences worldwide. While classically trained; his own group offers a modern take on the jazz trio configuration. Higgins enjoys exploring many musical genres and has played keyboards in many commercial settings such as R&B, pop, and fusion.
Higgins completed a B.M. in Jazz Performance at UNC-Wilmington, and an M.M. at Northern Illinois University, where he received a full scholarship to lead and compose for the NIU Liberace Sextet.
Higgins has opened for Dave Holland, Fourplay, Joe Lovano, Talib Kweli, Ryan Cohen, and Stefon Harris and Blackout.
Some performances include successful 8-week US Jazz Ambassador tours of the Middle East and Russia with Alvin Atkinson & the Sound Merchants and a Japan tour with Akio Sasajima. He has played in many NYC clubs such as The Jazz Standard, Smoke, Dizzy’s-Jazz at Lincoln Center, Lenox Lounge, Shanghai Jazz, St. Nick's Pub, and Minton's Playhouse. Sean was a member of the Winard Harper Sextet for 2 years and has shared the stage with Antonio Hart, Charles McPherson, Stephanie Nakasian, Wycliffe Gordon, Fareed Haque, Bobby Watson, Terell Stafford, John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Russell Malone, and many others. Jazz Festival performances include 2004 Iowa City, 2004 Lima Peru, 2005 Elmhurst, 2006 Vail, 2007 Tri-C, 2007 Columbus Jazz & Ribs, 2008 Cape May, 2008 Usadba-Moscow, 2008 Chelyabinsk, 2008 Vladivostok, 2009-12 Shanghai-JZ, 2014 Changsha, 2015 Xi’An, 2016 Xiamen.
During his 10 years based in Shanghai, he toured China extensively as well as internationally with Karen Mok, Shunza, and Ronghao Li.
Sean released his debut trio album, The New Thought feat. (Iajhi Hampden-drums, Josh Ramos-bass) in 2005, his 2nd album Three Years’ Stories (Iajhi Hampden-drums, Motoki Mihara-bass) in 2008, and his latest Shanghai Decade (Nicholas McBride-drums, Ji Peng-bass) in 2018.
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, 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
Contributors Level – DIANA FARFAN STUDIOS
Sponsor Level - METROPLITAN ARTS COMMISSION
"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.”
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.