Pequot Library jazz recital features Rex Cadwallader and Tiffany Jackson

Pianist Rex Cadwallader and soprano Tiffany Jackson will explore the modern art songs of two of America’s greatest composers on Sunday, Jan. 8, from 2-3 p.m., at The Pequot Library.

Tickets, at $20 in advance and $25 at the door, are on sale now at Free for children 12 and under. Proceeds fund music programs at Pequot Library.

Dr. Rex Cadwallader

Dr. Rex Cadwallader

Dr. Rex Cadwallader is a noted jazz pianist, composer, and educator. He received an Emmy Award in 1999 for his original score for “The Connecticut River: A Journey through Time,” a Connecticut Public Television Special, an Emmy Award nomination in 1998 for his score for “Connecticut for All Seasons,” another CPTV presentation. He has received composition and performance awards from Downbeat magazine, compositional study grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has published over sixty compositions for big band, jazz combo and vocal jazz ensemble. His compositions for big band, small jazz ensemble, and vocal jazz ensemble have been recorded worldwide.

He received his Doctor of Arts Degree in Composition and Music Theory from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Composition degrees from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Currently, he is Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Greens Farms Academy in Westport.


Tiffany Jackson

Tiffany Jackson is a Philadelphia-born soprano earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music and Artists Diploma from Yale University School of Music. She has been a part of the Houston Grand Opera Studio and the Aspen Opera Theater Center. Additionally, she has appeared numerous times with the New Haven Symphony, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Duluth Symphony Orchestra, and with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony conducted by the renowned conductor Gustav Meier.

Jackson made her Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium debut singing the soprano solo in Haydn’s “Paukenmesse.” Other distinctions include being a finalist in the National Leontyne Price Competition, after which she participated in a shared recital in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall with Broadway sensation, Nkenge Simpson. Following three seasons as an apprentice with the Houston Grand Opera Studio, the Metropolitan Opera awarded her a career grant. Jackson’s discography includes her first commercial recording entitled “The Journey Goes On” with Edward Thompson, music director of Unitarian Church of Westport, CT, composer, and pianist. At present, she is pursuing a doctorate of music degree at the University of Connecticut. Be sure to purchase tickets now for this piano and soprano jazz recital on Jan. 8, 2107 in Pequot Library’s Concert Hall.

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