News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 31, 2013

John Spicknall Jazz Piano Trio to perform


News Release

TERRE HAUTE — The John Spicknall Jazz Piano Trio will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Recital Hall of Indiana State University’s Richard Landini Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

The group features pianist John Spicknall, bassist Joe Deal and drummer John DiCenso, who began working on arrangements of “Great American Song Book” repertory and jazz standards more than 10 years ago.

The free program will include “Great American Songbook” compositions as Leonard Bernstein’s “Some Other Time” and jazz repertoire by Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Bud Powell and Wayne Shorter.

Deal has performed with jazz legends, including Lionel Hampton, Ira Sullivan, Bobby Shew, Phil Wilson, Mike Metheny and Art Blakey. His CDs include The Joe Deal Jazz Trio “Moods,” “Red Green and Blues” by Ron Enyard, and “I’ll Never Stop Loving You” by Harry Miedema with Deep 6.

DiCenso grew up in a musical family in the Boston area, playing in high school concert and stage bands as well as earning first-chair parts in regional jazz bands.

Spicknall retired from Indiana State University School of Music in 2007, where he was involved in woodwind, music education and jazz instruction, but he continues to teach jazz piano as an adjunct. He is also visiting professor of jazz piano at DePauw University, a position he has held since 2006. This fall, he retired from the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra after more than 30 years of service. He has been the house pianist at Stables Restaurant for the last 10 years.