Around Town

Luke StittardSean Dobbins’ “Rising Star” series at Kerrytown Concert House features upcoming jazz talent with Dobbins and other more experienced musicians. December 17 the rising star was 18-year-old guitarist Luke Sittard, who showed remarkable grasp of the Wes Montgomery / Jim Hall tradition. He opened with Parker’s “Ornithology” and finished with Rollins’ “Oleo” and hit George Benson’s “Breezin’” in between. Corey Kendrick provided just the right chords on the piano throughout, and bassist Marion Hayden is the perfect match for Dobbins’ tasteful swing on his traps. To give context to the music, Dobbins featured a relaxed conversation with Sittard about his budding career in music.