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Sound Sky Trio
March 19 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm$12
Sound Sky Trio is a forward-thinking jazz ensemble led by drummer Micah Ritchie and horn man Addison Jordan. Inspired by a shared passion for similar artists in many different genres and honest friendship, Ritchie and Jordan conceptualized the group in 2018 while in college at the University of North Texas.
Since then, they have performed around the country at Denton Arts & Jazz Festival (Denton), Rozz-Toz (Quad Cities) and Greenhouse (Denton) and others. The focus of the group is to portray each member’s unique perspective and individuality through original compositions, unique arrangements of standards, and improvisation. In May 2019, they recorded their debut EP at Panhandle Studios in Denton, TX. In 2020, they will record a full-length album in Portland, Oregon after a week-long tour of the Pacific Northwest.
Addison Jordan is a saxophonist, composer and educator from Dallas/Ft. Worth. He is a graduate of the prestigious programs of Booker T. Washington HSPVA and University of North Texas (UNT), where he received a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies. He is currently attending graduate school at Northern Illinois University, where he is a graduate assistant.
At Booker T. Washington, he was a member of Jazz Combo 1, R&B ensemble, and the MIDI ensemble. He received his 1st Downbeat Award, made the 2015 TMEA All-State Jazz Band and went on a national tour with the Thelonious Monk Peer-to-Peer group led by JB Dyas.
While at UNT, Addison had the privilege to play in the One O’clock Lab Band under the direction of Alan Baylock. In this band, he was involved in a tour around Texas, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Addison can be heard on the upcoming release of Lab 2019.
Addison has played at world renowned venues and festivals such as The Meyerson Symphony Hall (Dallas), The Nash Jazz Club (Phoenix), Scat Jazz Lounge (Ft. Worth), Denton Arts & Jazz Festival (Denton) and Tri-C Jazz Fest (Cleveland), to name a few.
As well as leading projects like, Addison Jordan & Friends, the Souris-Jordan Jazz Orchestra, and Sound Sky Trio, Addison has also performed/toured with many artists including Bobby Broom, Charenee Wade, Kirk Whalum, Chuck Bergeron, Quincy Davis, Kenny Werner, Ari Hoenig, John Beasley, Brad Leali, Harry Connick Jr, Chris Watson, Mike Mitchell, and Bobby Sparks.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, drummer and composer Micah Ritchie holds a B.M. Jazz Studies degree from the University of North Texas and has worked with/played for the UNT Jazz Singers, the Three O’Clock lab band, Mark Lettieri, Ed Soph, Cuong Vu, Ted Poor, Pat Coil, Quincy Davis, Steve Rodby, Marc Seales, Tanya Darby, and Lynn Seaton among others.
While still in high school, Micah began playing/working with many Portland area jazz legends such as Jay Bird Koder, Renato Caranto, Mel Brown, Derek Sims, Alan Jones, Jon Lakey, Israel Annoh, Todd Straight, John Nastos, and many more. These mentors educated Micah and inspired him to pursue music (particularly jazz) as a profession. In Denton, while attending the University of North Texas, Micah worked with guest artists and his peers, eventually becoming a sought-after drummer in the Dallas area.
Micah currently resides in Seattle, Washington where he is a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Washington
Seeking a new direction for his music career, Cuban-born bassist and composer Raul Reyes moved to the United States in 2010. Reyes has been described as a bassist with “advanced sense of rhythm, beautiful sound, time, and solos.” His versatility in traditional jazz and contemporary jazz trends has earned him a reputation as a first call bassist in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Reyes has and continues to work with artists such as Dan Haerle, Tia Fuller, Quincy Davis, Dave Meder, Ed Soph, Brad Leali, Carlos Averhoff Jr., Davy Mooney and Fred Hamilton.
Raul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Bass Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) and a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas (UNT). As a UNT student, he became a member of the prestigious One O’clock Lab Band, appearing on their album Rhythm of the Road. He also found opportunities to perform with luminaries such as Jimmy Heath, John Beasley, Doc Severinsen, and Billy Hart.
In 2018, Reyes toured the United States as a member of saxophonist John Petrucielli’s band. Raul stays active in the Latin music scene and has toured and collaborated with renowned artists such as Tito Puente Jr., Maelo Ruiz, Willie Gonzales, Chino Nuñez, and Mexican singer Carlos Rivera. Raul is currently a faculty member of Cedar Valley College in Dallas, Texas.