City Slang: Gary Schunk benefit at Bert’s Marketplace

March 11, 2014

Gary Schunk

The Detroit jazz community will come together with a benefit for pianist Gary Schunk, to help defray costs incurred as a result of a car accident.

The event will take place at Bert’s Marketplace from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and cover is $20. They say, “The list of musicians performing at this event is too numerous to mention. But, if you have a favorite jazz artist in Detroit, chances are he/she will be there on March 16th. Seating is limited so plan accordingly.”

“When the name jazz stars come to town, Schunk is a man in demand: he has played with numerous jazz greats, including Joe Williams, Earl Klugh, Sonny Stitt, Kenny Burrell, Anita O’Day, Mark Murphy, Pepper Adams, Terumasa Hino, Dave Valentin, David “Fathead” Newman…and many others.
In November of 1995, Schunk was chosen as one of ten winners in JAZZIZ magazine’s “Keyboards on Fire” contest, which celebrated original piano jazz compositions from unsigned pianists. Schunk’s electrifying compositions, Backward Glance, is featured on the JAZZIZ compilation CD, and is also one of four original pieces appearing on Schunk’s independently produced debut CD, The Key Player.”

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