Jazz Classique

Saturday, August 24, 7:30 p.m.
Piedmont Music Center
$27 General Admission/$10 Ages 6-18


After a two year hiatus, Jazz Classique is back together again and looking forward to participating in SummerFest 2024. Comprised of John Mochnick, piano, Roberto Orihuela, vibraphone, Matt Kendrick, bass, and Larry Carman, drums, the ensemble will break from its tradition of performing classical selections with jazz improvisation and, instead, will feature instrumental selections from The Great American Songbook as well as works by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, J.J. Johnson, Duke Ellington, and Charlie Parker.

Artist Bios

Drummer Larry Carman has lived and played in the Triad for over 50 years. He holds degrees in Music Therapy from ECU and Nursing from WSSU. He has enjoyed past collaborations with The Matt Kendrick Unit, Martha Bassett, Ron Rudkin Band, Blues-A-Matic and the Luxuriant Sedans. He is a member of the DeFacto Brothers, whose cd Be Good To Yourself raised money for uninsured NC musicians. Larry currently plays with Siren Series Jazz, the Blue Genes, Ryan Newcomb and  at Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

John Mochnick, Pianist, conductor, composer, arranger, teacher, and administrator was conservatory trained at Heidelberg College, Indiana University, and the University of Cincinnati. His choral compositions and historical performing editions are widely published, and his works have been performed at national and divisional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association as well as venues abroad. In the summer of 1990, he was invited to Austria to assist with the preparation of the choruses at the Bregenz Opera and conduct at the music conservatory in Feldkirch. After a thirty-five- year teaching career, Dr. Mochnick retired as Professor Emeritus from Southern Illinois University in 2005 and moved to Winston-Salem. Equally at home in classical and jazz styles, Dr. Mochnick continues to write and perform in both idioms.

Roberto Orihuela, Vibraphonist, was born in Havana, Cuba and emigrated to the United States in 1961. He started his early career as a drummer, but his interest in the melodic aspect of music led him to the vibraphone. Although initially influenced by the musical styles of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennet, Roberto discovered jazz while visiting relatives on a Manhattan rooftop terrace. The sounds coming from a nearby apartment sparked an interest in jazz, and he was captivated by the sophistication, elegance and raw emotion of this genre. The discovery of Milt Jackson, vibraphonist with the Modern Jazz Quartet, sealed his fate and jazz vibraphone became his passion. Roberto has performed as a percussionist for national acts (e.g. singer Aretha Franklin and trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval) and jazz vibraphonist on recordings by Tom Browne, West End Mambo and Blue A-Matic. He has also appeared as a sideman with numerous regional entertainers like Melva Houston and Joe Robinson. Active as a band leader for many years, Roberto is frequently heard in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Charlotte. He resides in Greensboro, North Carolina.