YVONNE FADDIS STROUD TRIO
"Style, grace and imagination abound within the piano stylings of my friend, Yvonne Stroud! "
-- Orbert Davis, Chicago Jazz
Philharmonic Artistic Director
Yvonne Faddis Stroud - piano
Josh Ramos - bass
Charles Heath - drums
Born in Oakland, California, into a musical family that includes her brother, jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis, YVONNE FADDIS-STROUD has been playing the piano since the age of three.
Having an incredible ear for music, Yvonne says that when she hears a song, it goes straight to her fingers. As a result, her repertoire contains countless compositions, including jazz, blues, classical, Broadway, R & B, Motown, movie and TV themes, spirituals, and even video games.
Though she majored in visual art, Yvonne performed regularly with the college jazz band and composed and performed original music for theatrical productions. She secured her first gigs improvising accompaniment to silent movies and leading her own jazz quartet in the Oakland area. In her years in Northern California, she was a musical director at Oakland Ensemble Theater, played solo piano at country clubs, restaurants, and boutiques, and became the house pianist for Nordstroms in Walnut Creek.
She also collaborated in the studios of Fantasy Records with the chart-topping R&B group The Whispers, among other local groups. Since moving to Chicago, she has performed at Andy’s Jazz Club, University of Chicago Art’s Incubator First Monday Jazz Series, The Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Jazzapalooza, at The Green Mill for the Billy Strayhorn Centennial Festival sponsored by the Auditorium Theatre, Theatre Citlalin, Charles Heath’s “Legends of Jazz” Series at Andy’s, Make Music Chicago and she has played for receptions for Orbert Davis’s Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.
Among her many achievements, one of her proudest accomplishments by far has been helming her own television show Yvonne’s Piano, which aired on Chicago’s WJYS TV 62. She produced a total of 23 half-hour episodes, featuring her arrangements of jazz and popular tunes in solo versions and in trio settings featuring bassist Larry Gray and drummer Joel Spencer. Joining her are Josh Ramos, bass; and Charles Heath, drums.