Don't Stop the Music: "Ellingtonia" with Tish Adams

Thursday, May 21, 2015

6:30 PM-8:15 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Grand Hall (1st Floor)

Thu, 2015-05-21 18:30 - 20:15



A native of the Boston, MA area, John Funkhouser (piano, bass) studied classical piano from the age of seven, and classical bass from age nine. He majored in music theory at Cornell University and returned to Boston to earn a Masters degree from New England Conservatory in jazz piano, bass and composition in 1995. After four years living in New York City, John again returned to Boston in 2000 to raise a family, perform, and teach at Berklee College of Music.
Funkhouser takes an active interest in a wide spectrum of music, and is in demand as a jazz bassist and pianist, participating in an array of musical projects with the Northeast’s most accomplished and creative musicians.


Bassist Keala Kaumeheiwa was born in Oswego, New York in 1966 and was raised in Marquette, Michigan. He began playing acoustic bass when he was 18. In 1990 he received a Bachelor's of Music Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied both jazz and classical music with renowned bassist Richard Davis. From Wisconsin, Keala moved to New York City, where he performed with Betty Carter and Billy Pierce, as well as the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. In 1995 he was offered the bass position at the Thelonious Monk Institute at New England Conservatory. There, Keala studied jazz bass and improvisation with Miles Davis' legendary bassist Ron Carter. Meanwhile, he continued his classical bass studies with virtuoso bassist Donald Palma. While at the Monk Institute, Keala has performed with Jimmy Heath, Jackie McLean, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, T.S. Monk, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson, Harry "Sweets" Edison, and James Moody as well as making a trip to India and the Playboy Jazz Festival. In 1997, Keala finished at New England Conservatory with the first graduating class of the Monk Institute.


Mike Connors studied jazz drumming at Berklee with jazz greats Joe Hunt and Alan Dawson. He has toured internationally with the avant-pop group Combustible Edison, the Lillith Fair, Lisa Loeb, The Andre Rice Sextet and several national Broadway tours including, Bye Bye Birdieand Anything Goes. Connors has also performed for/on television shows such as Dateline NBC, Regis and Kathie Lee,Felicityand commercials for Cinemax, PBS, Microsoft, NPR and more. He has played on soundtracks for the filmsInspector GadgetFear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Gas Food Lodging and Four Rooms.

TISH ADAMS – vocals

Vocalist, Tish Adams is a favorite on New England's live music 'scene.' She has a compelling stage presence and an extensive repertoire of time-honored Standards. She offers fresh interpretations, yet sets a sentimental mood - a passionate tribute to rich Jazz tradition. Her show is seasoned with long-forgotten gems, obscure treasures and a dash of the Blues. She can burn an up-tempo swinger or melt the audience with her sensitive reading of a slow, smoky ballad. Fans compare her to the "great ladies of Jazz." Musicians call her "a natural." She has acquired a faithful following. One listen will explain why.

Vocalists & Localists, her weekly commercial-free radio broadcast (from the University of Rhode Island), allows her to share the music of others, while promoting the performers and venues of New England's live Jazz 'scene.' Tune her in locally, from 8 to 10am every Thursday morning, at 90.3FM WRIU - Kingston or

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