Saturday, May 16, 2015
Mina Choi-Jessica Ragsdale live @ Steamers
THE JESSICA RAGSDALE-MINA CHOI QTET & JAM!
BRING YOUR AXE AND YOUR CHOPS!
MINA AND JESSICA WILL BE INVITING FOLKS UP TO JOIN THEM
Steamers Jazz Club and Cafe
138 W. Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832
Mina Choi is a pianist, composer, and arranger from Seoul, South Korea. She began playing piano at a very young age and began playing jazz in her early twenties. While in Korea she came into contact with Grammy award winning jazz composer and pianist Bill Cunliffe and he offered to teach her here in the US. Her skills as a pianist are evident immediately upon hearing her. She offers a grace and beauty to the music as well as an intense groove that will leave you wanting more. Since her journey here she has also had the opportunity to write and arrange many pieces for jazz combos and jazz orchestras. One of her first big band compositions, Secret Garden, was published and is being performed by bands all around Southern California. Mina was recently honored with DownBeat 38th Annual Student Music Awards for outstanding performance of her own original (Sing ChaCha) and arrangement (Falling away with You-Muse) with the Cal State Fullerton Latin Ensemble. She has also worked with amazing artists such as Bill Cunliffe, Russell Ferrante, George Cables, Alex Acuna, Ignacio Berroa, Bob Mintzer, John Clayton, Ron Stout, and Fransisco Torres. Her message to the world, that she wishes to share though music, is one of hope and love.
Jessica Ragsdale is a jazz drummer in the LA area known for her graceful and vibrant sound as well as her perceptive interactions. She is soon to be a Jazz/Commercial Music graduate from California State University Fullerton and has had the pleasure of studying closely with Jeff Hamilton, Bill Cunliffe, and Paul Kreibich. She has been the recipient of several outstanding musicianship and soloist awards from jazz festivals including the Reno Jazz Festival and the Western States Jazz Festival. She has also had the opportunity to work with and share the stage with great musicians such as John Clayton, Bob Mintzer, Gary Foster, Claudio Roditi, Wayne Bergeron, and Freda Payne. In addition to jazz, Jessica is pursuing a career in the electronic genre with a synth-pop band called LEX.