The Michael Clement Trio, a jazz combo featuring Woods Cross High senior Michael Clement, will be headlining a free concert at the Eaglewood Golf Course Clubhouse on March 11 at 6 p.m. The concert, part of the city’s Free Second Sunday Concert Series, will also include saxophonist Derrick Dymalski.
Clement, the group’s pianist, is also Jazz Band President, Percussion Ensemble President, Clarinet Section Leader and Associate Director of Bands at Woods Cross High.
“He’s an incredible player,” said Lenora Brown, an adjunct professor at the University of Utah and one of Clement’s teachers. “He’s extremely gifted as a pianist and overall musician.”
Also in the group are drummer Jack Schunk, a junior at Skyline High School, and bassist Evan Wharton, currently in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Utah.
The three decided to form a trio after they all took part in the 2011 All-State Jazz Band, a group organized by the Utah Music Educators Association that students have to audition for. In addition to skill, jazz performers also have to be good at thinking on their feet.
“In classic piano, we traditionally don’t have any improvisation,” said Brown. “In jazz, that’s what it’s all about.”
Currently, the group is performing gigs all along the Wasatch Front.
“Everywhere they have a performance, they are constantly complimented on their playing ability and positive contribution to the atmosphere,” said Rep. Becky Edwards, who helps organize the concerts.
Dymalski, who will be joining the group for the North Salt Lake Concert, is the lead tenor and Associate Conductor for the Crescent Super Band. The band, made up of 22 students from all across the state, has performed all over the world and recently released their latest CD.
The Eaglewood Golf Course Clubhouse is located at 1110 East Eaglewood Drive in North Salt Lake.