Helen Sung Quintet

Helen Sung Quintet

Helen Sung Quintet

“The (re)Conception Project”

John Ellis [tenor saxophone]   Helen Sung [piano]   Edward Perez [bass]   Kush Abadey [drums]   Marquis Hill [trumpet, friday]   Ingrid Jenson [trumpet, saturday & sunday]


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Pianist Helen Sung leads an exciting quintet in a program that takes its name from her recent trio recording, The (re)Conception Project. Originally from Houston, Sung is a graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, a past winner of the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition, and has worked with artists like Ron Carter, Steve Turre, and Wayne Shorter. She didn’t really discover jazz until college but she quickly found her calling. As Thomas Conrad described it in JazzTimes, “Sung earned a master’s degree in classical music before she found jazz, which she now plays with extravagant chops and the zeal of a late convert.” John Fordham of The Guardian adds that Sung complements “her lyricism, light touch, and classical polish” with “plenty of hard-chord muscle.”