Jazz, Poetry & Wine

Saturday, August 17, 7:30 p.m.
Acadia Foods
$15 General Admission/$10 Ages 6-18


Join us for an evening of Jazz, Poetry, and Wine at Acadia Foods, a unique and alternative space that promises an unforgettable experience. The event features the Matt Kendrick Trio and the evocative verses of Poet Spencer Aubrey. Enjoy original compositions by Matt Kendrick and Dave Fox, paired perfectly with Aubrey’s stirring poetry. Wine Selections by John Engel of Acadia Foods. Wine selections matched to specific compositions, will be available for purchase.

Spencer Aubrey, poetry; Matt Kendrick, bass/composer; Dave Fox, keyboards/composer; Kassem Williams, drums

Artist Bios

Kassem Williams – drums: was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the very young age of 8 Kassem started learning how to read music. By the age of 12 Kassem knew for sure that drumming was his life. At the age of 13 Kassem and his father moved to Charlotte North Carolina where he attended the NorthWest Performing Arts High School. Kassem is a graduate of the Miles Davis School of Jazz at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He performs extensively all over the region.

Spencer “p.s. edekot” Aubrey – poet
“I thrive as a connector through words, actions, and music and find joy in relational depth.” Spencer received his MA at Wilkes University in 2016 and BGS at Arizona State University in 2012.

Matt Kendrick is an award-winning bassist, composer and recording artist from Winston-Salem. He studied European classical bass at the UNC School of the Arts and Jazz Improvisation with Jerry Coker at UT Knoxville. Matt Kendrick has appeared on bass with: The Marian McPartland Trio, Ernie Watts, Gene Bertoncini, Archie Shepp, Jaki Byard, Amiri Baraka (aka Leroi Jones), Craig Harris, Dick Hyman, and JoAnne Brackeen. He also won the North Carolina Jazz Composers Fellowship twice.

Dave Fox is an inventive keyboardist-composer known for his versatility in modern mainstream jazz, avant-garde explorations, rock, and classical music. He was born in North Carolina and spent his formative years in New Jersey, Texas, and Kwajalein.

Fox holds a Ed.D in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and undergraduate and masters degrees in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Since 1996, he has been a full time professor of music at Greensboro College. His recording career includes collaborations with notable musicians and projects blending free-form and melodic jazz.