2019 FORT ADAMS LINEUP
SUNDAY AUGUST 4, 2019
Lauren Sevian/Helen Sung Duo
Grammy award winning baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian is one of the most in demand musicians on the scene today. Ms. Sevian came to NYC in 1997 to attend the Manhattan School of Music, and soon thereafter began touring with groups such as Diva and the Artie Shaw Orchestra. She can be seen performing as a bandleader around the NYC area with her quartet, the LSQ, or LSAT, her quintet co-led with alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino, which recently won first place in the “Made in NY” jazz competition. As a sidewoman, she can be heard regularly with the Mingus Big Band, and has performed with countless other groups, notably the Dizzy Gillespie all star big band, Christian McBride’s Big Band, Robin Eubanks Big Band, and the legendary Count Basie Orchestra. Her debut album “Blueprint” was released on saxophonist Greg Osby’s label Inner Circle Music to critical acclaim, winning a SESAC jazz award for national performance activity, and receiving rave reviews in publications such as Downbeat, Cadence, and All About Jazz. Her sophomore album, “Bliss”, was released spring 2018 on Posi-tone Records. She has been nominated on her instrument in Downbeat Critics poll for “rising star” since 2007 and features all stars of the jazz scene, Alexa Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Christian McBride, and E.J. Strickland. Her versatility as a musician has led her to a variety of playing situations, working with the likes of actor Denis Leary, and most recently with Maurice Hines in the theater production of “Tappin Thru Life”. She is a frequent guest artist at many universities, high schools, middle schools, and jazz festivals across the country. As an educator, she has been teaching privately for over 15 years, she is on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, and Jazz at Lincoln Center as director of the “Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra” and instructor for the middle school jazz academy. She has adjudicated at many jazz competitions & festivals, notably the Essentially Ellington Competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festivals’ “Next Generation Jazz Festival”, the Victoria Music Festival in Melbourne, Australia, and the Eau Claire Jazz Festival at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire. Ms. Sevian endorses Buffet-Crampon saxophones, D’addario reeds, RPC mouthpieces, and BG France accessories.
Winner of the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition and selected by Wynton Marsalis as one of his “Who’s Got Next: Jazz Musicians to Watch”, New York‐based pianist/composer Helen Sung was an aspiring classical artist in her native Houston, TX, before discovering jazz during studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She went on to graduate from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, and in addition to touring with her own band and projects, has since worked with such jazz luminaries as the late Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter, and fine ensembles including the Mingus Big Band and Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project. Sung will follow up her acclaimed Concord Jazz release Anthem For A New Day with Sung With Words (September 2018), a collaboration with celebrated poet Dana Gioia made possible by a Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation New Jazz Works grant. Inspired by her experience at the Monk Institute, Sung stays involved in music education through workshops and residencies, and also serves on the jazz faculties at the Juilliard School and Columbia University.