ROXBURY, NJ - The Investor's Bank Theater at Horseshoe Lake will be the site for a special performance Sunday by a professional jazz group that includes a Roxbury High School graduate.
The 4 p.m.performance of American jazz by the Joe Davidian Trio (JD3), will be a scholarship fundraiser for the Roxbury Arts Alliance. The $20-per-person show, with tickets available online, is being billed by the Alliance as a performance that "kicks off" its Free Concert Series. Three of the upcoming free shows will take place at the relocated Roxbury Library Gazebo.
Performing with JD3 - indoors at Sunday's fundraiser show - will be percussionist Austin McMahon, the son of Roxbury Arts Alliance Executive Trustee Linda McMahon. After graduating from Roxbury High School in 1999, McMahon went on to become a professional jazz musician as well as a music instructor. He teaches at New England Conservatory in Boston, MA and taught jazz improvisation at Harvard University from 2010-2015, according to the Arts Alliance.
McMahon has released two albums and played on more than 50 commercially released recordings, said the Alliance. It said he's performed in Italy, Germany, Finland, Ireland, the Dominican Republic and recently in China.
Joining McMahon in the trio is band leader and pianist Joe Davidian, a New York City resident who performs often with some big names including Chester Thompson, Ira Sullivan, Joe Lovano and Duffy Jackson, said the Alliance. On bass will be Jamie Ousley, who, said the Alliance, was voted “Best South Florida Jazz Musician of 2011” and is a professor of jazz bass at Florida International University.
"The Joe Davidian Trio performs a mix of original works and jazz standards with an emphasis on memorable melodies from Broadway shows and classic movies," according to the Alliance, which is . They have been touring internationally since 2000, presenting concerts and giving masterclasses on improvisation and ensemble playing. In April of 2017, JD3 released their third album Live at the Jazz Cave: Volume Two, which documents a “best of” from a four-year span of performances at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.
McMahon plays often with Jerry Bergonzi’s Quartet "and has recently performed and/or recorded with Sean Jones, George Garzone, Lovano, Lionel Loueke, Ben Monder, Lage Lund, Kate McGarry, Noah Preminger, Jason Palmer and Grace Kelly," says his online biography. "He has appeared as an opening act for Grammy award-winners Dianne Reeves and Esperanza Spalding."
McMahon's live performances have taken place in some of the most prestigious venues on Earth, including Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center, according to the bio.
He won the 9th annual Independent Music Awards in the jazz song category and was nominated for best jazz album in the 11th annual IMAs, says the profile. "Austin is also the co-founder, producer and recording artist for the burgeoning record label Fractamodi (fractamodi.com) and has recorded on over forty commercially released albums in the past several years," it says.