Internationally recognized Michigan jazz pianist Bill Carrothers will perform at Hope College on Monday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

"Carrothers is one of the best kept secrets of jazz," "Jazz Magazine" has said. "He is a very rare pianist with a very impressive technique and an amazing knowledge of harmony."

Carrothers has been a professional pianist for more than 20 years. He has played many venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Village Gate, Knitting Factory, Birdland, Blues Alley, New Morning (Paris), the Audi Jazz Festival in Brussels, the Nevers Jazz Festival (where he shared the bill with Abbey Lincoln), the Montreal Jazz Festival, Jazz Middelheim, and the Marciac Festival in France. In October 2000, Carrothers headlined the prestigious Rising Star Tour throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He has been a leader on 14 recordings, all of which have received critical acclaim.

Carrothers has also won many awards for his work, including the 2004 grand prix de l'academie Charles Cros, the French Diapason d'Or de l'année (2000) and the German Schallplatten Preis.

He left the New York jazz scene in the 1990s to settle in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where he still lives and records.

"Carrothers has such capable hands and supple imagination that a listener with open ears is guaranteed to be transported to the very special realm of new harmony to which only the very best artists-musicians have the keys," said "Lee Lo's Jazz Newsletter."

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Nykerk Hall of Music is located in the middle of the Hope campus, between College and Columbia avenues along the former 12th Street.