During his visits to area schools earlier this week, jazz pianist Corey Kendrick wasn't far from home.
Kendrick, who is from Eldridge, Iowa, and now lives in Michigan, is back in town serving as the latest artist in Quad-City Arts' Visiting Artist series.
Kendrick, a pianist, composer and educator, presented and performed for about 50 students from the Creative Arts Academy on Tuesday at the Redstone Room in Davenport. He demonstrated and talked about different styles of jazz and played a few songs from his debut album, "Rootless," released in June 2016.
After attending North Scott High School, Kendrick studied at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and then got his master's degree in jazz studied from Michigan State University in 2015. While at Michigan State, Kendrick taught jazz as a graduate assistant.
Along with his school visit, Kendrick will perform a few times for the public this weekend. You can see him perform at the following times:
- Noon on Thursday at Davenport Public Library’s Main Branch, 321 N. Main St., Davenport
- 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Family Museum, Bettendorf
- Kendrick will give a full-length public concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Black Box Theatre at Pleasant Valley High School, Bettendorf. This is a free event. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Kendrick is the second-to-last visiting artist for the 2017-2018 season, which features nine performing arts residencies, including a storyteller, jazz ensembles and a contemporary dance company.
Next up is Akropolis Reed Quintet, which will be in town April 16-27. The quintet was formed at University of Michigan and has a focus on wind instruments. In addition to touring, members of the group teach a mini-course at the University of Michigan and a semester-long course at Michigan State University. The quintet has also toured Illinois and Indiana K-12 schools.
For more info, visit quadcityarts.com.