Tawanda with Dave Kikoski Trio
An official Resonance Records CD Release performance!
The first 30 ticket buyers will receive a FREE copy of Tawanda Suessbrich-Joaquim’s newest release, TAWANDA, which features Dave Kikoski on keyboards.
Jazz is one form of music that transcends most other genres and has done so throughout the ages. Its complexity, off beat rhythms, sophistication and constant desire to improvise and evolve itself courses through its precious origins. Those traditions run deep within the soul of award-winning vocalist Tawanda Suessbrich-Joaquim and there is no greater gift than seeing her sing her story in full flight.
A vibrant mix of cultural heritages that underpin her every move, Tawanda was raised in the deep south of New Mexico on the border with Texas. She is proudly a first generation American with a mother from Germany and a father from Mozambique. That fusion of intoxicating backgrounds gave her access to music that many do not experience and which will forever stay in her heart.
Always looking forward, Tawanda delves deep into the worldwide Jazz scene and explores the multi-genre fusion that can be found in its paradise of riches. That desire to respect not only her peers but the origins of her name which translates as ‘we are more’ in a Bantu dialect called Shona, has embedded a deep-rooted desire within her to give back to those around her.
There is no better affirmation of her talent than winning the prestigious 2020 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Jazz competition. Now based in Los Angeles and with a whole host of performances that have enthralled audiences everywhere, Tawanda Suessbrich-Joaquim is set to soar on the wings of success.
Dave Kikoski grew up in a musical family, and cultivated his love for jazz. After high school, Dave was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston where he earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance. While in Boston, Dave began meeting other great players such as Pat Matheny who sat in with Dave’s trio.
In 1989, Dave began recording his first album entitled, Presage. During the 90’s, he was distinguished as an invaluable go-to sideman. In 2001, Roy Haynes invited Dave to join his all-star lineup including Dave Holland, Roy Hardgrove and Kenny Garrett to record and tour. Their band, Birds of a Feather,” received a Grammy nomination for their album, Caribbean Jazz Project, in 2004. In 2013, Dave’s quartet live album, From the Hip, from BFM Jazz reached number five on the US Jazz Charts.
Dave’s most recent CrissCross release is from a collective named Opus Five. In addition to Opus Five, Dave played on the Mingus Big Band album, Live at the Jazz Standard, which won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble. Currently Dave is continuing to tour the world as both a leader in his own projects as well being a featured sideman among various groups, and has played on over 100 records including 14 under his own name.
He continues to foster his individualistic voice while exploring a wide variety of opportunities as both a leader and sideman. As an affecting modernist, Dave distills the best in jazz and popular music and infuses every song with attention-garnering brilliance.