Sunday, July 29

3pm to 6:45pm - seminar and dinner with Anthony Dowd

7pm to 8:30pm - concert

$80* - seminar+dinner+concert (limited to 20 participants)

$20 - concert only

Spend a day and evening with Richmond's own jazz star Anthony Dowd in a combo program that includes an entertaining and informative seminar about the history of jazz piano from Scott Joplin's ragtime to the avant-garde experiments of Cecil Taylor, followed by a catered dinner before a jazz concert with Anthony (piano), Randall Pharr (bass), and Aaron Binder (drums).

Anthony Dowd was born and raised in Richmond VA. He started playing piano by ear at age 6 and began lessons at 12. He learned to play guitar from his father and became the country's youngest carilloneur at 15. In 1975 he began performing with the Kings of Swing at Kings Dominion. For the next decade he played piano at Busch Gardens and Carnival Cruise Lines and studied with legendary jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams. Anthony enjoyed a few "house gigs" in the 80's including Spencer's Restaurant in Hartford, CT and Benjamin's Restaurant in Richmond. Anthony had the good fortune to play with Frank Sinatra, The Four Aces, Marian McPartland, Clark Terry, Andrew White, Victor Goines, Steve Wilson, James Genus, Clarence Penn, and Jim Snidero. Besides his solo and trio work Anthony tours the East Coast with the Jeff Decker Quartet and occasionally subs with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Bassist Randall Pharr is an acoustic and electric bassist who specializes in many genres of American and Latin music. He performs with  jazz orchestras, symphony pops, recording sessions, and international tours. He's a member of the jazz faculty at VCU where he teaches jazz and electric bass, small jazz ensemble, and jazz improvisation. He also teaches electric bass at the University of Richmond.

Drummer Aaron Binder got his BA in jazz performance from VCU in the 1990's and has been a mainstay on the club scene ever since. Binder had the good fortune to play concerts with jazz legends like New England Conservatory professor Gunther Schuller and big band drummer Louis Bellson. His musical partnership with Anthony Dowd goes back twenty years, and with bassist Randall Pharr almost thirty years.

*sales for the seminar/dinner/concert package end thursday 7/26.