Learning to Listen: Diane Monroe Trio

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Wednesday March 1, 2023
7 p.m.
Music Room, Goodhart Hall

No reservations or tickets required. 

Join us for an evening of jazz with the Diane Monroe Trio, featuring violinist Diane Monroe, pianist Tom Lawton, and bassist Matthew Parrish.

"Her technique is impeccable and her improvisations rich and imaginative. She and the group gave a performance equal to any. And it really swung." – All About Jazz
"Diane Monroe is a violinist with a special gift for drawing her audience into the performance. Her playing is warm, compelling, and faithful to the music of all genres." – Anthony Checchia, Artistic Director, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

This event is free and open to the public.

The address for Goodhart Hall for GPS is 150 North Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.

Goodhart Hall is at the curve where Merion and Yarrow meet and has a circular stone driveway at the front of the building.

The entrance to the Music Room is located on the right side of the building, through the glass atrium and down one flight of stairs. This entrance is ADA accessible.

There are no parking lots adjacent to Goodhart. Parking lots are located at the College's Gateway Building at 801 Yarrow Street (Morris and Yarrow), outside the Wyndham Alumnae House at 218 N. Merion Ave, and at the Campus Center at 816 New Gulph Road. Several streets near Goodhart offer street parking. View our parking map here.

Bryn Mawr College welcomes the full participation of all individuals in all aspects of campus life. We are happy help with any special needs or accommodations due to disability. Please contact the Arts Office at 610-526-5300 or reservations@brynmawr.edu in advance of your arrival to make arrangements. For assistance when the office is not staffed, contact campus safety at 610-526-7911.

Musician Bios

Diane Monroe is a violinist whose versatility and expressive artistry consistently bring both jazz and classical audiences to their feet. Her visibility as a jazz artist began with her long-standing membership as first violinist of the Uptown String Quartet and the Max Roach Double Quartet. These critically acclaimed groups have appeared on The Cosby Show, CBS News Sunday Morning, and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Monroe is more, however, than simply a fine performer. Her original compositions and arrangements were highlighted on the TV shows and in performances with the two ensembles at major concert halls and festivals throughout the world.

Pianist Tom Lawton has been a mainstay on the Philadelphia jazz scene for the last 45 years, known for being equally comfortable in straight-ahead settings, avant-garde situations and various mixtures and shades in between. His jazz studies with pianists were the Yin and Yang of Gerald Price and the virtuoso French pianist Bernard Peiffer. He also studied improvisation with bassist Al Stauffer. His composition grants include awards from the PA Council of the Arts, the Network for New Music, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Jazz Project, and the Painted Bride. His most recent commission was from Philadelphia classical pianist Patrick Fink, who premiered "Labyrinths 2020" virtually at the beginning of the pandemic. He has taught at Bucks County Community College and is currently on the jazz faculty of Temple University and University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Born in central California to hard-working, music-loving parents of four children, jazz bassist Matthew Parrish epitomizes the heart of jazz bass performance and livelihood. Matthew has performed and recorded with many of the top names in jazz. Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paquito D'Rivera, Houston Person, Clark Terry, Etta Jones, Miri Ben-Ari, James Williams, Harry Sweets Edison, James Newton, Gary Thomas, Greg Osby, Stefon Harris, Orrin Evans just to name a few. His beautiful, warm and complex sound has earned him an impressive reputation in the music community, as a performer and composer/arranger/producer. While on tour with Al Grey, Matt performed with Clark Terry, Marion McPartland, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lou Donaldson, Joe Cohn, Savion Glover, Bill Charlap and many others. You can find Matthew at venues all over the world, from New York City to Sao Paulo. Matt is currently touring with Freddy Cole, Houston Person, the legendary Saxophonist, as well as the Vana Gierig Trio with Paquito D'Rivera.

Learning to Listen

The Coleman Sisters' Learning to Listen Series was established in memory of Elizabeth Coleman Mooney ’48 and in honor of Susan Norton Coleman ’45, who wanted future generations of students to derive the same great pleasure from music as they did. The Series features virtuosic musicians in a salon-like atmosphere with tasty refreshments and informative conversation. Learning to Listen events on the Bryn Mawr campus are free and open to the public.