For the Troy Daily News
TROY — One of Columbus’ premiere jazz musicians, pianist Bobby Floyd, will be performing at the Hayner at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, with his trio which includes Derek DiCenzo on bass and Reggie Jackson on drums.
Floyd traveled the world accompanying the great Ray Charles on piano and organ. He currently makes guest appearances with Boston Pops, The Rochester Philharmonic, and The Detroit Symphony and is presently the featured pianist for the world-famous and legendary Count Basie Orchestra. He also tours nationally and internationally as organist for the Grammy Award winning Dr. John.
Floyd can also be seen at home in Columbus where he is the featured pianist and organist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. He also performs with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at times and other arts organizations and venues throughout Columbus and Ohio.
A short interview titled, “Engineering a Jazz Tune” will be conducted by Keigo Hirakawa and the Trio before the concert. Hirakawa is a worthy jazz pianist in his own right and a partner in this annual jazz series at Hayner. He finds that jazz lends itself exquisitely to improvisation and yet at the same time honors the unique structure and sound that is jazz. At 7 p.m., the interview will allow them to discuss the process of expressing one’s idea and one’s story within the confines of the structure provided by the song.
For more information regarding these free events and to receive a complete listing of Hayner events, call 339-0457 or visit www.TroyHayner.org for complete details.