This Friday's "Concerts at the Cadillac" series sees the return of pianist Jeffrey Chin and his trio, with bassist Myron Dove and drummer Billy Johnson. Joining Chin and his trio is the renown vocalist Margo LeDuc. This concert also marks the passing of the Cadillac's founder Leroy Looper a year ago, and where Chin gave one of his most memorable performances.
Chin has been playing piano since the age of six, when he began his formal musical training in classical piano under the tutlelage of Julia McCaslin and Samuel Rodetsky. During that time, he won numerous scholarships and awards, performing regularly in many open competitions and recitals. After eight years of private lessons, his interests began to blossom; he branched out and taught himself to play many other styles and types of music, including what would eventually turn out to be his passion...jazz. Chin currently owns and runs his own recording studio, production company, music publishing company and independent record label.
LeDuc has been performing for over 20 years, supporting artists such as Michael McDonald, Deniece Williams, Jeffrey Osborne, Brenda Russell and The Gap Band. Le Duc also performs session work for artists such as international performer Sharon Cuneta and hip-hop performer Baby Bash. She has also opened for Jay Leno in Las Vegas.
"Outside of the barrage of nightclub gigs and casuals that most cats do while they're coming up," writes Chin, "My first real gig came the summer after I graduated from high school. We played four consecutive sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden with Luther Vandross, Chic and Larry Graham. Since the opening moment of that first show, there has really never been any doubt as to what I wanted to do with the rest of my life..."
The Jeffrey Chin Trio with Margo LeDuc
Cadillac Hotel, 380 Eddy Street
Friday, September 14, at 12:30 p.m.
Admission is free.