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The Class of 88 has nothing to do with graduating 29 years ago, and everything to do with showcasing three pianists at the top of their game. It's about the 88 keys, get it? This year Institute of Musical Traditions is proud to present the 2017 Class of 88 : Jon Carroll, Darryl Davis and Josh Christina.
“Jon Carroll is a one man band, a poet, a songwriter, a singer of every kind of song and above all, a musician’s musician...and I can also attest to his being a not-to-be-missed performer.”
~Mary Chapin Carpenter
Jon began his career with the Grammy-winning Starland (Afternoon Delight) Vocal Band and has continued on an artistically versatile path as a sought after collaborator, performer, songwriter, composer and all around musician. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Linda Ronstadt (Get Closer) and Tom Jones, all the while contributing his stylings on stage and in studio with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Cheryl Wheeler, Rodney Crowell, John Jennings, John Gorka, John McCutcheon, Peter Wolf, Dennis Brennan, Eric Lindell, Dixie Chicks etc. Over the years, his solo works Home & Away, Love Returns and LiVE Returns—Live from The Barns at Wolf Trap, have garnered over 20 Washington Area Music Association “Wammie" Awards and his dynamic shows are comprised of influences from across the Folk/Blues/R&B/Rock/Jazz cultural spectrum forming a rich repertoire of regional sensibilities that plot a soulful journey through story and song.
“Everyone in my row leaned forward, for Daryl Davis was pumping the keys like a reborn Jerry Lee Lewis, rattling Boogie Woogie rolls out of all 88 keys!”
- Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post
Chuck Berry says : "[Daryl Davis is a] very fine musician. You really ought to hear him" and when you have a quote like that from the King of Rock n' Roll, what else do you need? You could say musician, author, lecturer, actor and race relations expert, Daryl Davis plays with fire, and that's more fact than fiction! As a musician, Daryl lights up the crowd with burnin' Boogie-Woogie piano. As an author, Daryl's nonfiction book, Klan-Destine Relationships, provides a thrilling, first-person account of a Black man's journey into the mindset of the Ku Klux Klan.
Josh Christina may just barely be in his second decade, but he is undeniably an old musical soul. The Baltimore-based rockabilly artist, who inherited his musical chops from his parents and grandmother, embraces the essence of big band rock and roll and rockabilly on his latest single, "Rockabilly Saturday Night" from his latest album, I'm 21, which was produced by Kent Wells. Playing the keys with the dazzle of Jerry Lee Lewis, and singing with a youthful swagger reminiscent of Presley, Christina combines a nostalgic feel with a dynamic freshness that will have you on your feet and feeling alright
Daryl Davis recorded "Daryl's Boogie" in one take after working hard through a five hour recording session with The Guy Jenkins Band. Amazing! For more about Daryl, visit www.daryldavis.com