Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival Presents: Roots of Rhythm

Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival Presents: Roots of Rhythm


  • February 8, 2020 at 8:00pm
  • CSPS Hall
  • $15 advance | $20 door

Formed in Cedar Rapids, IA in 2013, jazz group The Roots of Rhythm are members Lynne Hart (clarient/sax), Pat Smith (guitar), and Richard Wagor (double bass) came together with a love for roots jazz, hot & gypsy jazz and folk idioms - precursors to traditional jazz music. These virtuoso clarinet, guitar and bass musicians have combined and collectively improvised the clarinet/sax providing a tapestry of lush textures contrasted with striking guitar and bass rhythms. Included in Roots of Rhythm recorded repertoire are “Winter Jazz” (2018) and debut of the album “Roots of Rhythm” (2015); currently being performed throughout Iowa and the Midwest.

Clarinetist and saxophonist, Lynne Hart, has performed with national artists such as The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Wayne Newton, Johnny Mathis and Lorrie Morgan in addition to jazz icons Louie Bellson, T.S. Monk, Clark Terry and Buddy Defranco. Hart holds a degree in Music Theory/ Composition from the University of Minnesota, MFA in Woodwind Performance from the University of Iowa and is a music department adjunct faculty member at Luther College. She resides in Cedar Rapids.

Double bassist and electric bassist, Richard Wagor, has played a multitude of music genres with artists and productions such as Bobby McFerrin, Foreigner, Sutton Foster, Sachal Vasandani, Love is Here to Stay: A Gershwin Experience, Five by Design, Jennifer Lee, Tim Daugherty, the Yale Repertory Theater, NOWIS, the Bill Shepherd Big Band, the Rod Pierson Not-So-Big-Band, Ben Schmidt, Peter Hart and the Bernemann Brothers Band. Wagor has taught music at the University of Northern Iowa, Coe College and Cornell College. He is also a founding member and board member of the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival in Cedar Rapids.

Guitarist, Pat Smith, performed professionally on the west coast for many years accomplishing two albums with the Penguin Jazz Quartet as well as Brazillian band, Nossa Bossa, that was featured by renowned audio company Bose Speaker to debut a line of speakers. He also composed music for the Red Cedar Chamber Group and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Moving back to Iowa in 2008, Smith formed a duo with Richard Wagor and created the album “Iowa Duets” with influences of jazz, folk and classical music. They played for several years with a 9-piece band called Brass Transit Authority. Smith currently teaches at Grinnell College and Marion Music Academy.

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