The John Wojciechowski Quartet
One of Chicago's finest jazz performers leads a stellar foursome in Scottsdale!
- John Wojciechowski, tenor sax
- Russell Schmidt, piano
- Chris Finet, bass
- Rob Moore, drums
Hailed as "...technically accomplished, musically profound, and harmonically daring" by the Chicago Tribune's Howard Reich, saxophonist John Wojciechowski has spent the last 18 years performing and teaching in Chicago. In addition to leading his own groups, he has also performed or recorded with The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, The Woody Herman Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The Milwaukee Symphony, Clark Terry, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Charlie Haden, and Kurt Elling, among others. Besides being an active and in-demand performer, John is also a jazz educator noted for his versatility, creativity, and enthusiasm. A native of Detroit, John has appeared all over the country as a guest artist and clinician, including multiple appearances in Arizona at the Highland/ASU Jazz Festival.
Pianist Russell Schmidt performs regionally and nationally as both a leader and sideman. He has been privileged to perform with such jazz artists as Carl Allen, Michael Brecker, Eddie Daniels, John Hollenbeck, Gerry Mulligan, Arturo Sandoval, and Clark Terry. As the Coordinator of Education for Music Serving The Word Ministries, he directs the Valley Jazz Cooperative program. In 2018, Russell released the recording Jazz Triptych, Volume I: The Sacred, which recasts hymns and spirituals in the language of jazz. Last year, he released another Jazz Triptych CD, Volume II: The Secular, his fourth album as a leader. He is currently working on a third Jazz Triptych recording, scheduled for release at the end of this year.
Bassist Chris Finet is Director of Jazz Studies at Northern Arizona University. He holds music degrees from NAU and the Manhattan School of Music. As an orchestral musician, he has worked with renowned conductors including Kurt Masur, Raymond Leopard, and Pinchas Zukerman. Additionally, Chris performs regularly as a jazz bassist and has worked with such greats as Jimmy Cobb, Dave Douglas, Benito Gonzales, Dave Grusin, Roy Hargrove, Flora Purim, and Doc Severinsen.
Drummer Rob Moore has been working as a freelance professional drummer in the Metro-Phoenix area for the past two decades. A graduate of Arizona State University’s School of Music, Rob works for Music Serving The Word Ministries as its audio engineer and drummer for live events and recording projects. He also collaborates with visual media specialist Caleb Kilian through their innovative MIDI Fortress initiative. Additionally, Rob offers instruction periodically as a clinician at MSW and Valley Jazz Cooperative events. Previously, he served on the faculty at Scottsdale Community College, where he taught drum set and coached combos.
Sacred Grounds Jazz Coffee House
(In the auditorium of SCUCC)
4425 Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251