In partnership with Town Hall Seattle, the UW Taiwan Studies Arts & Culture Program is thrilled to co-host renowned jazz bassist Richie Goods and rising-star vibraphonist Chien Chien Lu for the West Coast premiere of their collaborative album, Connected. Joined by Matt Wong on keys, Quintin Zoto on guitar, and Jerome Jennings on drums, Richie Goods and Chien Chien will deliver an energetic, provocative listening experience.
- Time: Friday, July 7, 2023, 7:30PM
- Location: The Wyncote NW Forum at Town Hall Seattle (1119 8th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101. Entrance off Seneca St.)
Like many people during lockdown, Richie Goods and Chien Chien started asking tough questions. Their conversations weaved through topics affecting their lives directly: the Black Lives Matter movement and the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans. As often happens with artists, music was the catalyst that bridged the gap and resulted in a rare collaboration. Inspired by their discussions, they decided to cement their musical relationship by creating Connected. Released in January 2023 and nominated for Best Instrumental Recording Album and Best Album Producer at the 2023 Golden Melody Awards, Connected unifies people and invokes an image of love and peace. Not only was the music they produced awesome, but their friendship deepened as they explored the stereotypical discord that often exists between the African American and Asian communities.
FREE for Youth (ages 22 & under)! For general admissions, please visit: https://bit.ly/THSEA_Connected
*This event is in-person, no virtual attendance is available.
NY bassist Richie Goods is one of the industry’s most versatile and accomplished bass players and the youngest person ever inducted into the Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame. He came to prominence while touring and recording with the late Mulgrew Miller and credits him for much of his success. Richie went on to make a name for himself through recording and touring with a variety of jazz and popular artists including Sting, The Headhunters, Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band, Lenny White, Milt Jackson, Whitney Houston, Lisa Fischer, The Manhattan Transfer, and Christina Aguilera. Richie received critical acclaim for his multiple recordings including his 2019 release My Left Hand Man, recorded with The Goods Project, a self-produced tribute to his mentor Mulgrew Miller, which spent 36 weeks on the JazzWeek charts in 2020.
Chien Chien (Lu) is a vibraphonist, contemporary percussionist, and composer whose Taiwanese upbringing, classical music education, and passion for R&B grooves crystallize into a fresh and distinctive approach to contemporary jazz. Chien Chien’s fierce authenticity and jazz mastery shine bright on her September 2020 debut solo project, The Path, which spent 20 weeks on the Jazz Week Charts Top 20. After coming to the US she received a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In 2017, she attended the prestigious Banff Jazz Residency under the direction of jazz pianist, Vijay Iye, where she met jazz trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. From there, she began to perform regularly in the U.S. and was invited to join the esteemed Jeremey Pelt Quintet where she met and began collaborating with Richie Goods.
Presented by the UW Taiwan Studies Arts & Culture Program and Town Hall Seattle. Sponsored by the Taiwan Academy in LA and the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan.