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Experiencing Jazz: An American Artform Libation Lecture

June 28 @ 5:30 pm

As with history in general, jazz history can be analyzed, catalogued, and debated. However, as with any art form, if we are to gain a glimpse into the true nature of jazz, we must experience it for ourselves. This interactive, participatory event brings jazz history to you ‘live’ as the Tidal Breeze Creos Trio provides jazz interludes to accompany historical references. Attendees will experience a variety of historical and contemporary jazz styles and jazz improvisation. We will also have a fun time playing Jazz Jeopardy.

This lecture coincides with the exhibition Clarence Shivers: Experimenting with Form, currently on view at the FAC through July 6.

Themed drink: Tidal BreezeTM Daiquiri
Lecturer: Terri Pederson: Tidal Breeze Jazz Arts, LLC., Jazz Musician, BME, MBA (Retired Vice President, dpiX, LLC)

$10 for FAC members, $15 for non-members, includes your first drink


The Tidal Breeze Creos Jazz Trio brings Creative Energy to jazz and Latin jazz, while also playing new compositions and a wide variety funk, blues, swing, and New Orleans styles.  The Tidal Breeze Creos Trio features Terri Pederson on trumpet, Matt Podschweit on keyboard, and Pat Abbot on bass.

Terri Pederson is a Trumpet / Flugelhorn player who leads Tidal Breeze Jazz Arts and the Creos Jazz Trio. Terri has performed with singer Ernestine Anderson, singer / entertainer Clint Holmes, and jazz greats Bill Watrous and Phil Urso. Terri’s recent composition “Ode to the Emergency Room” can be heard on YouTube and Spotify and features Pat Abbott on a killer electric bass solo.

Keyboardist Matt Podschweit’s versatility has led to gigs and recording work with jazz, rock, blues, folk, top 40, and big band artists. Matt has appeared with such notable acts as the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, The Four Lads, Little Anthony and the Imperials; and is currently appearing with the SofaKillers, Treo, Eric Ellison, and Tidal Breeze.

Bassist Pat Abbott is an Orchestra Director in the public school system as well as a college level Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies. Pat has performed with legendary jazz masters Bill Watrous, Paul Smoker, and Phil Haynes and is very in demand throughout the region.

Creos: from the Latin “Creo”, to make or create.

About Libation Lectures

Libation Lectures is a lecture series offering an educational twist to the traditional happy hour. Each lecture explores an aspect of the amazing art and featured artists from various Fine Arts Center exhibitions served up with a themed drink to help you dive deep into the topic.


June 28
5:30 pm–6:30 pm
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