ARMEN DONELIAN SOLO PIANO at TUCSON JAZZ FESTIVAL
ARMEN DONELIAN, PIANIST/COMPOSER, has had an enviable 40+ year career. He apprenticed with a series of jazz giants starting in 1975 with Mongo Santamaria, where he presided over the piano chair once filled by Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. Two years later, Sonny Rollins recruited him as a sideman for several tours. In the midst of his four-year tenure with Billy Harper’s band, he made his recording debut with 1981’s Stargazer, a trio date with Billy Hart and Eddie Gomez featuring his original compositions. Donelian has consistently explored his Armenian roots in his music and recorded for several labels with the Middle Eastern jazz ensemble Night Ark and he co-produced (with producer George Avakian) Listen to My Heart, a Sony collection of jazz interpretations of Armenian folk songs featuring vocalist Datevik Hovanesian. Donelian has authored several authoritative texts, including the two-volume set, Training the Ear, and Whole Notes.
ARMEN DONELIAN SOLO PIANO at
TUCSON JAZZ FESTIVAL
Scottish Rite Temple
160 South Scott Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701
This performance is sponsored by the Udall Law Firm.