Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series: Bobby Floyd Trio

Bellamah Music Building Recital Hall - 08/24/17 - 08/24/17

Contact: Jason Marton
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Bobby Floyd

The Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series at Texas A&M University-Kingsville begins another season with the Bobby Floyd Trio Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bellamah Music Building Recital Hall, on the A&M-Kingsville campus.

The Bellamah Music Building is located at 905 W. Engineering Ave.

Bobby Floyd has had a rich career as one of the favorite, first-call pianists/organists for many well-known artists. He has played alongside Ray Charles, Dr. John, Doc Severinson, and a host of orchestras. 

The other members of his trio bring both acclaim and experience with them—bassist/guitarist Derek DiCenzo, and drummer Reggie Jackson. 

The group will bring a selection of jazz standards to life at A&M-Kingsville, in a free performance open to the public

Doors are scheduled to open at 7 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.           

About the Bobby Floyd Trio

Bobby Floyd, piano, keyboard and organ, has traveled the world accompanying Ray Charles on piano and organ. He currently makes guest appearances with some of the most distinguished orchestras, including The Boston Pops, The Rochester Philharmonic, and The Detroit Symphony. He is presently the feature pianist/organist for the world-famous and legendary Count Basie Orchestra. 

He has also toured nationally and internationally as organist for the Grammy Award winning Dr. John. You can also see Bobby with Grammy Award-winning Doc Severinsen, the great trumpeter who fronted the “Johnny Carson Tonight Show” band for 30 years. 

Derek DiCenzo, bass and guitar, is a multi-instrumentalist who is as comfortable playing jazz on the acoustic bass as on the guitar or even the steel drum. He has been a full-time musician based in Columbus, Ohio for many years; his diverse influences and uncanny musical intuition has made him a much sought-after player. 

Derek freelances and is a member of several groups, including the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. He has toured and recorded with Jamaican-born jazz piano sensation Monty Alexander for many years. He has also played with Grammy award-winning pianist/vocalist Diane Schuur. He can be heard on recordings by Monty Alexander and jazz guitar legends Jim Hall and Charlie Byrd. 

Reggie Jackson, drums, is a Columbus, Ohio native and a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in music performance. In college, the drummer began working with recording artist Kim Pensyl. After graduation, Reggie was hired by jazz legend Diane Schuur. While maintaining that chair, he also has worked with several underground hip-hop artists, which led to his work with Aftermath recording artist Truth Hurts. 

In addition to working with these artists, Reggie has also performed with Frank Foster, Benny Golson, Eddie Daniels, Kirk Whalum, Wycliffe Gordon, Rodney Whitaker, Lew Tabackin and Antonio Hart.    

About the Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series

The Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is a year-long program of art, music and theatre performances that bring culture and variety to Kingsville for faculty, staff, students and community audiences. The series strives to provide a new element of learning outside the classroom for students as they are entertained and educated through diverse mediums. Community members are welcome to continue life-long learning by attending these events. 

For more information about the Texas A&M-Kingsville Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series, contact the Office of Student Activities at 361-593-2760. 

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