Phil Hey Quartet Celebrates Thelonious Monk
Fri · October 20, 2017
The Phil Hey Quartet is an American jazz band formed in Minneapolis–Saint Paul. The band is led by founder Phil Hey, an American-born jazz drummer. The Phil Hey Quartet features Phil Hey on drums, Tom Lewis on bass, Dave Hagedorn on vibraphone, and Phil Aaron on piano. The group released Subduction: Live At The Artist's Quarter in 2005 which was subsequently named Best Jazz CD of the Year by the Twin Cities alternative weekly newspaper City Pages. City Pages also named him 2006 Jazz Musician of the Year.
Phil Hey is an American jazz drummer born in New York City. He has worked with Dewey Redman, Jay McShann, Mose Allison, Benny Carter, Charlie Rouse, Harold Land, Charlie Byrd, David "Fathead" Newman, Geoffrey Keezer, Mark Murphy, Benny Golson, Stacey Kent, and Kenny Barron.
Pianist Phil Aaron is a Chicago native who studied music at the Berklee College of Music and the University of Illinois. After ten years in LA, he moved to Minneapolis in 1989, becoming fully immersed in the local jazz scene, and hosting a long-running trio gig at the Hotel Sofitel. By day, Phil works as a composer of film and television scores winning an Emmy in 2007 for his scoring work on the PBS animated series, “Auto-B-Good.” As a performing jazz artist, Phil has shared the stage with Lee Konitz, Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, Jim Snidero, Byron Stripling, Barbara Morrison and Jackie Allen, among others, and has provided piano accompaniment to many local jazz singers and ensembles. An active recording artist as sideman and on five CDs of his own, Phil plays regularly with his own trio, Lucia Newell, the Phil Hey Quartet, Batunde Lea, Joyce Lyons and more. Drawing inspiration from Bill Evans, Cedar Walton, Tommy Flanagan, and Keith Jarrett, he “can swing hard or wax romantic at the keyboard” (Minneapolis Star Tribune).
Tom Lewis is a freelance jazz bassist, based in Minneapolis Minnesota. He works regularly with a variety jazz artists visiting the Twin Cities area. These include international jazz veterans, Eddie Higgins, Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, Lew Tabackin, & Mose Allison, as well as younger New York talent David Hazeltine, Eric Alexander & Jim Rotundi. In the Twin Cities he is active member of the jazz scene, in high demand as a performer, clinician and session player. As an educator/clinician, he has worked with young jazz musicians in over 400 clinics & concerts throughout the Midwest (United States). In the studio, he has appeared on over 65 recordings featuring a wide diversity of artists.
Dave Hagedorn directs the jazz bands and percussion ensemble at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He is an active and eclectic performer in the Twin Cities area. Gigs range all over the musical map, from playing vibes with jazz groups at the Artists' Quarter to performing as a percussionist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Opera Orchestra. Hagedorn is a Yamaha Performing Artist.