Enjoy the Drawing Room Chamber Series, Jazz in March, Lucky Lemonade courtyard concerts, Fridays on Prouty summer series, Troy, Ohio PorchFest and a rich variety of in-house and community offerings throughout the year.
Hayner's Jazz in March series is hosted by Keigo Hirakawa
Hirakawa is a complex and diverse talent in his own right. When he came to America from Tokyo at age 11, he was studying classical piano with dreams of becoming an orchestra conductor. Although he began his collage studies majoring in engineering, he discovered jazz and found ways to study under Anthony Branker, Michael Cochrane, Stephen Scott and Walt Weiskopf. Hirakawa would eventually earn masters and Ph.D. in engineering as well as a master's degree in music in jazz piano performance from the New England Conservatory where he studied with Cecil McBee, Bob Moses, Jerry Bergonzi and Danilo Perez, George Garzone and John McNeil. Today, Hirakawa splits his time as an in-demand jazz pianist as well as an engineering professor at the University of Dayton and has done some groundbreaking research in computational imaging. His pursuit of a dual career is a complicated dichotomy between the study of science and the study of music. Its expression is a brilliant creative improvisation.
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Online March 13, 2021 Jazz in March Concert - Recorded Concert with the Brandon Scott Coleman Quartet
Jazz in March Concert at Hayner with the Brandon Scott Coleman Quartet
Hayner’s, “Jazz in March” concert is an annual series that celebrates Jazz. The 2021 concert will feature a group of young Cincinnati artists. The Brandon Coleman Quartet features Brandon Coleman on guitar, Ben Tweedt on piano, Jeff Mellott, percussion and Matt Wiles on bass. These young men have an impressive influence in our area. They are active performers, composers and educators.
Brandon Scott Coleman’s unique guitar voice may have grown from the study of his three biggest influences, Jimi Hendrix, Chet Adkins and Frank Zappa. Though they represent a wide variety of styles the three intersect in terms of creativity and initiative. Coleman studied music at Morehead State University and received his master’s degree from the University of Louisville. He is a composer and an arranger, and has performed across the country with his groups, Fourth Kind, Spherical Agenda and the Brandon Scott Coleman Quartet.
Ben Tweedt is a pianist, composer, arranger and educator who began his training at a young age. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at the University of Nebraska-Omaha at 17. He completed his master’s degree here in Ohio at the University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music. In addition to teaching music, he also performs with Spherical Agenda, and The Original Farm League Big Band, the Blue Wisp Big Band, the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, and the New Studio Big Band. In 2014 Ben was the winner of the Nebraska Young Jazz Artist competition and in 2019 the American Jazz Pianist Competition.
Jeff Mellott is a fixture of the Cincinnati music scene and incidentally, had performed at the Hayner in 2019 with the Keigo Hirakawa Trio. He is a wildly creative composer who has received national attention through National Public Radio. Jeff completed his undergrad work at The Ohio State University and received his master’s degree in in Jazz Studies from the University of Cincinnati, The College Conservatory of Music.
Matt Wiles received his bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University and is a bass instructor at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center in Wyoming, Ohio. He performs with Spherical Agenda, the Brandon Colman Quartet and has performed with many jazz greats such as Snarky Horns, Gary Versace, Colin Stranahan, Noah Preminger, Fareed Haque, Peter Mazza, Glenn Zaleski, Victor Provost, Bobby Selvaggio and Sam Blakeslee. The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is proudly supported by the citizens of the Troy City School District through a local tax levy and generous gifts to the Friends of Hayner. Please consider lending your support in favor of the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center renewal levy on May 4, 2021.
March 21, 2020 Jazz in March Concert - Recorded Concert with the Keigo Hirakawa Trio
The March 21, 2020 concert featured the Keigo Hirakawa Trio. Keigo is the host of our series and an improvisational pianist in his own right. In this trio is Keigo Hirakawa on piano, Eddie Brookshire on stand-up bass and Reggie Jackson on drums.
Thanks to the support of the local tax levy, these events are presented free and open to the public.
The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is supported by the taxpayers of Troy and the generous donations of the Friends of Hayner. The mission is to preserve and maintain the Hayner mansion as a cultural resource center for the present and as a historical legacy for the future generations of the community of Troy, Ohio.