Eastern Mennonite University


with Hod O’Brien and Stephanie Nakasian
   piano/vocal duo
   masters of the 40’s-50’s bebop jazz

APRIL 26, 7-9 pm               flyer
Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church    (map)
750 Hinton Avenue, Charlottesville
   in the heart of the Belmont neighborhood

$15/Adult, $10/Student, under 13/donation suggested for
                                                             food pantry
Purchase tickets at the door, 434-589-2186, or

Stephanie Nakasian, one of the world’s leading jazz singers, has been teaching voice at The University of Virginia and at the College of William and Mary for over 20 years and has authored two books – one on jazz and jazz phrasing (“Its not on the page: How to integrate jazz and jazz rhythm into choral and solo singing”) and one on general singing technique (“You already know how to sing: Voice lessons-life lessons”), which was recently featured in an article by David Mauer in Charlottesville’s Daily Progress. She conducts workshops around the country, including presentations at the MENC (now NAfME), MTNA and IAJE (now JEN) national conferences. Ms. Nakasian studied classical piano from age 5, including 8 years at Julliard as a child, and also studied classical violin with a member of the NY Philharmonic at the Westchester Conservatory in NY. As a professional singer and recording artist with more than 15 CDs of her own, Ms. Nakasian tours around the world, often with her husband/pianist Hod O’Brien and also with their 19-year old daughter/singer, Veronica Swift O’Brien, who is a headlining singer on her own, having appeared at Lincoln Center and at major festivals. Stephanie’s latest CD is “Show me the Way to get out of this world” (Capri). Capturing the heart of audiences with her extensive repertoire, reaching from Jazz to Broadway, Stephanie creates an atmosphere of romance and excitement that will transport you to another place and time.
Stephanie’s website

Jazz fans all over the world revel in the opportunity to experience Hod O’Brien’s spirited tempos and seasoned pure style as he sets the standard from ballads to bebop that is both rare and true. A master of bebop piano, Hod cut his teeth with Oscar Pettiford Quintet, replacing Bill Evans in the late 50’s. A charter member of “the underground of jazz renowned” Hod is being “discovered in his prime” having played with people like Art Farmer, Stan Getz, and Donald Byrd. He’s had a number of triumphant tours in Japan and has been featured on the cover of Jazz Journal magazine (England) and in a feature article in Jazz Times, to name a few. Hod continues to record a lot as a leader with 9 CDs out since 2004. He was selected as one of 10 pianists to perform in Japan on the Fujitsu 100 Gold Fingers Tour, along with Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton, Junior Mance, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Cyrus Chestnut, Benny Green, Don Friedman, Joao Donato and Gerald Clayton. As well, he has two recordings on the Fresh Sound label featuring West Coast greats Tom Warrington and Paul Kreibich. In 2010 Hod released his solo CD “Solo for Chet” followed by “It Don’t Mean A Thing” in 2011 receiving great acclaim for its perfectly excecuted standards and sharp solos. His latest CD is “I hear a rhapsody” (Spice of Life, Japan). Hod was recently featured Marian McPartland’s “Piano jazz.” Before pursuing his jazz career, Hod studied music at Oberlin.
Hod’s website

Upcoming performances for the duo include steady appearances at The Greenbrier, Escafe restaurant in Charlottesville, an Ella Fitzgerald tribute, workshops and a local house party. Visit their websites for details on appearances and recordings and to join their mailing lists.