We are happy to welcome you to our community for the 2022 edition of our house concert series featuring three performances with world-class musicians across multiple genres. The concert series is presented by the Historic Boston-Edison Association and Michelle May, Music Director of the Sounds of Music House Concerts™ organization. The address for the concerts will be given following ticket purchase. .
SATURDAY, June 25, 2022 7 PM - 8 PM
Classical Concert with Christa Grix, Harp
(RAIN DATE SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 7 PM - 8PM)
SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2022 7 PM - 8 PM
Jazz and R&B Concert with the Gerard Gibbs Ensemble
(RAIN DATE SUNDAY AUGUST 21, 7 PM - 8 PM)
Jazz Concert with Marion Hayden Trio.
(NOTE: THIS IS A RESCHEDULED RAIN DATE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER)
These will be one-hour concert events. You will be allowed to enter the backyard beginning 45 minutes before start time. In order to comply with the current health and safety guidelines, the following measures will be used for these concerts:
Christa fell under the spell of the harp during her first lesson at 16. Two years earlier, she was transfixed by a live jazz performance at her high school. Those two events form the foundation for her career.
Equally adept as both a classical and jazz harpist, she is one of those rare individuals who can make the transition from the jazz rhythm section to the symphonic string section sound effortless. As a contracted second harp with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for over 30 years, Christa has had the privilege of playing under the baton of some greatest conductors in the world, including Neeme Jarvi and Leonard Slatkin. The appeal and respect her music generates has taken her throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe as an invited soloist and clinician at major harp festivals and conferences.
“Christa has a great sound. I work with orchestras all over the world and so it’s rare that I’ll notice and single out the harpist for their technique and talent. Christa is a total pro with amazing technique and sound.” ~ Jack Wall, Composer, Conductor and Executive Producer of Video Games Live.
Christa enjoys using the sound of the harp and the sound of her voice to create meaningful, beautiful communication and connection with her audiences. In addition to her 4 recordings on the Freefall Music label – Freefall (1996), Cheek to Chic (2002), Moonlight on Snow (2012) and Christa’s Presents (2014) – she is an on-air development host for WRCJ-FM in Detroit, where she researches, writes, and produces short educational spots that highlight the numerous connections between classical and jazz music. Her wide-ranging love for all kinds of music has influenced her compositions and recordings for the harp, which are enjoyed by harpists worldwide.
“Christa is one of only a handful of harpists that I insist on having in the orchestra whenever we’re close. She is a consummate professional, sensitive musician and a delight to know personally.” ~ Scott Lavender, Composer/Arranger and Music Director for Johnny Mathis.
Christa Grix is a past executive board member of the American Harp Society, served as conference chair for the Society’s 2008 National Conference, and served as secretary of the Detroit Musicians Fund for over a decade. National and international appearances include performances in Tobermory Ontario, Tacoma Washington, Maubege France, Prague Czech Republic, Monterey Mexico, and the 2011 meeting of the World Harp Congress in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Besides her active career as a harpist, Christa Grix is the proud mother of a college sophomore, and won’t go to bed until she’s reached “genius” status on the New York Times Spelling Bee app.“Be it classical or jazz, it takes little time to realize what a precious musician Christa Grix is.” ~Michael G. Nastos, Music Critic
Gerard makes a return appearance on the Boston-Edison Concert series! He and his band's super high-energy performance here in 2018 was incredible to witness and we are excited to present them again!
Gerard William Gibbs has been a lover of Jazz ever since his father introduced him at the tender age of three to the music of the late Jazz organist, Richard “Groove” Holmes. At age seven, when he later had the opportunity to meet Holmes, Gerard grew to idolize Holmes. He knew then that one day, he would play Jazz just like his idol.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Gerard is a product of the Detroit Public Schools. He began his musical training in classical piano at the age of nine. Although he took to this musical style fairly quickly, his interest in performing Jazz never waned. In the summer of 1981, while recovering at home from corrective leg surgery, Gerard received a surprise visit from “Groove” Holmes. Holmes took an immediate interest in Gerard and began to show him all the “tricks of the trade.” Until Holmes’ death in 1991, Gerard had the kind of friendship and mentoring relationship with this international jazz organist that others can only dream about.
In 1996, Gerard was again fortunate. He met another jazz organist, Jimmy Smith. He was introduced to Smith while attending his concert at the Bluebird Inn in Detroit. Smith took a liking to Gerard as well, and began to show him some of his techniques. Since that time Gerard’s friendship with Jimmy Smith has proven to be of great value. Gerard also has had opportunities to rub shoulders with jazz organists Joey DeFrancesco, Jimmy McGriff, and the late Jack McDuff. In September of 1999, Gerard had the opportunity to jam with the “Mighty Burner”, the late Charles Earland. All of these encounters have contributed to Gerard’s development as a versatile musical artist skilled beyond his years.Currently, Gerard performs nationally on the concert circuit with saxmen Marion Meadows, Ronnie Laws and James Carter. He also lends his talents to the hot contemporary jazz group: Pieces Of a Dream. While at home in Detroit, Gibbs remains busy as he works as an Architectural Engineer for the City of Detroit by day and leads two jazz bands at night and on weekends. He plays keyboards in his contemporary jazz group, RYZ (pronounced “Rise”) and organ for Gerard Gibbs & ORGANized Crime. He can be seen locally at Baker's Keyboard Lounge, the Dirty Dog Cafe, the Aretha Franklin Ampitheater, the Blue Llama and Cliff Bell's among other venues. Gerard's debut CD with his organ trio is in commemoration to his first mentor, the late Richard “Groove” Holmes.
Born in Detroit, MI, a crucible of jazz, Marion Hayden is one of the nation’s finest proponents of the acoustic bass. Mentored by master trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, Hayden began performing jazz at the age of 15. She has performed with such diverse luminaries as Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, Geri Allen, Regina Carter, Steve Turre, Lester Bowie, David Allen Grier, James Carter, Dorothy Donegan, Joe Williams, Lionel Hampton, Frank Morgan, Jon Hendricks, Hank Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Larry Willis, Vanessa Rubin, Sheila Jordan, Mulgrew Miller, Annie Ross and many others. She is a co-founder of the touring jazz ensemble Straight Ahead- the first all woman jazz ensemble signed to Atlantic Records. She is a member of the Detroit International Jazz Festival All-Star Ambassadors touring ensemble.
Widely recognized as a standard bearer of culture and artistic history, Hayden received a 2019 Art X Grant and a Creators of Culture Grant for original musical works. She was Artistic Director for a 2018 Knight Arts Foundation Grant encouraging young women in jazz. In 2016 Hayden was honored for her work as a performer and educator with the prestigious Kresge Artist Fellowship- a 1 year fellowship and grant award given an elite group of creative artists. She was the recipient of a 2016 Jazz Hero Award.- a national award given by the Jazz Journalists Association- recognizing people who have made a significant contribution through their artistry and community engagement.
As an arts advocate, Hayden has served as Grant Panelist for the Detroit Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, Art-Ops and the Highland Park Cultural Commission. She also serves as panelist or consultant for South Arts, Detroit Sound Conservancy, Charles Wright Museum of African American History, the Kresge Foundation, Jazz Education Network and Societie of the Culturally Concerned.
A passionate advocate for youth music education, Hayden teaches for Michigan State Univ. Community Music School Detroit and is an educator in residence for the Detroit Jazz Festival. As well, she conducts the Next Gen Ensemble- a performing group of some of the areas best young musicians. Hayden holds faculty positions in the Jazz Studies Departments at University of Michigan and Oakland University. Hayden is the Bass instructor for the Geri Allen Jazz Camp, Newark, NJ. , and in 2021 will join the faculty at Centrum Jazz, Port Townsend, WA.
In her own words:
"It has been a privilege and a gift to learn and experience music in Detroit. The informal music education here is both thorough and rigorous and includes arranging, composing and production. The mentoring I received from the men and women in this music community was critical to my development as a creative artist. It instilled in me a sense of deep reverence and respect for music traditions, but also a fearlessness and openness about bringing those traditions forward in an original and authentic way. I express this creative openness through the projects and collaborations I engage in."
What are my parking options at the event?
There is free parking on the street where each host house is located.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Your name will be added to our guest list, however, bringing the physical ticket might be a good idea for a back-up just in case!
The eleventh season of Boston-Edison's Sounds of Music™ House Concert Series featured 3 great performances. Season Eleven had:
The tenth season of Boston-Edison's Sounds of Music™ House Concert Series featured 7 great performances. Season Ten had:
The Summer Sounds of Classical Music with Tessa Hartle and Diane Schoff
Alex Way at The Congregation
The ninth season of Boston-Edison's Sounds of Music™ House Concert Series featured three great performances. Season Nine had:
The eighth season of Boston-Edison's Sounds of Music™ House Concert Series featured three great performances. Season Eight had:
The seventh season of Boston-Edison's Sounds of Music™ House Concert Series featured three great performances. Season Seven had:
The sixth season of Boston-Edison House Concerts was another great series. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season Six featured:
The fifth season of Boston-Edison House Concerts was another great series. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season Five featured:
The fourth season of Boston-Edison House Concerts was a great success. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season Four featured:
The third season of Boston-Edison House Concerts was a great success. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season Three featured:
The second season of Boston-Edison House Concerts was again a very successful endeavor. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season Two featured:
The first season of Boston-Edison House Concerts are done, and it was a very successful endeavor. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season One featured:
What attendees said about the 2011 Season:
Superb evening - resident from the Arden Park/East Boston neighborhood
Just a quick email to tell you 'THANKS' again and that we really enjoyed the concert this past Saturday evening. The house setting, food and music was outstanding. - attendee from Royal Oak
I just want to sent you a short note to say how much I enjoyed the concerts yesterday evening (oh and my husband enjoyed it as well). The home was a stunning venue for the event and the big band musical selections were great! I'm certain that everyone involved is passionate and excited about the Historic Boston-Edison community as it was evident by the commendable job that you and your team of volunteers did Saturday evening. - attendee from Franklin
That was a wonderful evening! Such good performers and such good planning. I loved it! - Boston-Edison resident