BROOKLYN JAZZ WIDE OPEN Presents JOE LOVANO & SCOTT COLLEY @ The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music!
(Published: March 22, 2011)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
***Please note - new venue - all events now taking place at The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music***
PRESENTS The 4th SEASON OF
BROOKLYN JAZZ WIDE OPEN
@ The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music is located at 58 Seventh Ave (at Lincoln Place), Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY, Tel 718 622 3300, Tkts are $15, and $10 for students and seniors
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
2 sets at starting 8:00pm
WORKS with special guests
JOE LOVANO & SCOTT COLLEY
Joe Lovano - saxophone
Michel Gentile - flute
Daniel Kelly - piano
Scott Colley - bass
Rob Garcia - drums
The evening will also include "Musical Dialogues",
a conversation with Mr. Lovano.
"Celebrate music by being a part of the concert series that 'Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open' provides for the community at large!!! We need each other to carry on... Sounds & Feelings" - jazz legend Joe Lovano
"Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open is not just another concert series. One of the elements that makes it special-for both the audience and the musicians-is that artists are invited to discuss their process and answer questions as they arise. This creates a natural, relaxed atmosphere in which the barriers between audience and performers are removed and true understanding and appreciation can take place." - Eileen Willis, Metropolitan Museum of Art
This event is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and by JPMorgan-Chase, all administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC) as well as funding from Meet the Composer.
Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open 2011 Schedule:
February 9, 2011
Michael Formanek Quartet
Featuring Tim Berne, Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver
March 9, 2011
Musical Dialogues w/ Dave Liebman
WORKS w/ special guests Dave Liebman & John Hebert
April 13, 2011
Musical Dialogues w/ Joe Lovano
WORKS w/ special guests, Joe Lovano & Scott Colley
May 11, 2011
Joel Harrison Large Ensemble
Presenting a new work commissioned by Connection Works
with assistance from Meet The Composer!
WORKS w/ special guests
Notes on the artists:
April 13, 2011:
You might think by glancing over the list of accolades garnered by Grammy-winning
saxophonist/composer JOE LOVANO that this renowned musician has found an established formula for success - and that he has. Unlike other artists who consistently repeat themselves and stay within the confines of their own self imposed parameters, the secret to Lovano's success is his fearless ability to push the conceptual and thematic choices he makes in a quest for new modes of artistic expression and new takes on what defines the jazz idiom.
With Folk Art, his 21st recording for Blue Note, Joe Lovano debuts Us Five, a dynamic new ensemble and one of the most exciting of his acclaimed career that collectively breathes a youthful exuberance into the first-ever Lovano album to be comprised entirely of his own original compositions. Recorded in November 2008, after a preparatory week at New York's famed Village Vanguard, Lovano presents a collection of nine original compositions for himself on tenor saxophone, straight alto saxophone, alto clarinet, tarogato, aulochrome, and percussion; - James Weidman on piano; Esperanza Spalding on bass; and Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela on-as Lovano likes to put it-drums and cymbals. He explores a wide spectrum of colors, sounds, and feelings, organizing the flow into passages for quintet, quartets, trios, duos, and solos within the unit, exploiting to the fullest the various rhythm section possibilities afforded by the two-drummer format.
Lovano was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952, and began playing alto saxophone as a child. A prophetic infant photo of Lovano shows him cradled in his mother's arms along with a saxophone. His father, tenor saxophonist Tony "Big T" Lovano, schooled Lovano not only in the basics, but in dynamics and interpretation, and regularly exposed him to live performances of international jazz artists such as Sonny Stitt, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, Gene Ammons, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
Upon graduation from high school he attended the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston. Lovano's early professional gigs were as a sideman with organists Lonnie Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, and a three-year tour with the Woody Herman Thundering Herd from 1976 to 1979.
After leaving Herman's band, Lovano settled in New York City where he eventually joined the Mel Lewis Orchestra for its regular Monday night concert at the Village Vanguard; playing from 1980 to 1992 - recording six albums with the Orchestra.
To this day, Lovano finds time for very special performances with the Vanguard band and recently paid tribute to Thad Jones with Thad's brother Hank Jones, on the Grammy nominated, 2007 release, Kids: live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.
Lovano joined the Paul Motian band in 1981 and has since worked and collaborated with John Scofield, Herbie Hancock, Elvin Jones, Charlie Haden, Carla Bley, Bobby Hutcherson, Billy Higgins, Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Michel Petrucciani, Lee Konitz, Abbey Lincoln, Tom Harrell, McCoy Tyner, Ornette Coleman, Jim Hall, Bob Brookmeyer and many more.
Lovano's illustrious relationship with Blue Note Records began in 1991 and includes eight Grammy nominations with a win in the Best Large Ensemble category for 2000's 52nd Street Themes. Numerous accolades for the saxophonist also include multiple wins as DownBeat magazine's Jazz Artist/Musician of the Year, Tenor Saxophonist of the Year and Album of the Year.
In recent years, Lovano has spent a good deal of time collaborating, both in the studio and the concert hall, with two other premier tenor saxophonists of his generation - Dave Liebman and the late Michael Brecker in the collective Saxophone Summit. Their first release Gathering of the Spirits was released in 2004 on Telarc. After the untimely passing of Michael Brecker, Lovano and Liebman were joined by Ravi Coltrane on their acclaimed sophomore release, Seraphic Light.
Since early 2008, Joe replaced Joshua Redman in the tenor saxophone chair of the touring and studio ensemble, the SFJazz Collective. Also new to the Collective in 2008 were trumpeter Dave Douglas, trombonist Robin Eubanks, and fellow Blue Note Recording Artist vibraphonist Stefon Harris. They join Miguel Zenon, Renee Rosnes, Matt Penman and Eric Harland in this popular ongoing ensemble of some of today's most exciting jazz players.
Lovano's 2008 release and Grammy nominated Symphonica placed him in front of the world-renowned WDR Big Band and WDR Rundfunke Orchestra performing some of the saxophonist's most acclaimed and cherished compositions as arranged and conducted by Michael Abene.
As Ben Ratliff opined in The New York Times, "It's fair to say that (Lovano's) one of the greatest musicians in jazz history."
His forceful lines, impeccable articulation, assured sense of swing and sensitive support have made Scott Colley the bassist of choice for such jazz legends as Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Andrew Hill, and Michael Brecker. Colley's remarkably empathetic skills, strong melodic penchant and improvisational daring have also served him well in groups led by colleagues Chris Potter, Adam Rogers, Brian Blade, David Binney, and Kenny Werner. But it is as a composer and bandleader in his own right that Colley has flourished in recent years, as evidenced by a string of consistently impressive recordings, beginning with his 1996 debut Portable Universe, (Freelance) and continuing with 1997's This Place (SteepleChase), 1998's Subliminal (Criss Cross), 2000's The Magic Line (Arabesque) 2002's Initial Wisdom (Palmetto), and 2007's Architect of the Silent Moment (CAM jazz).
Since Colley's own brand of music reflects his wide-ranging musical influences and experiences over the years, putting a label on it is far too limiting. "I'm not really interested in creating genre music," he says. "I'm not even really that comfortable with calling my music jazz, although that's one of my largest influences. But the great thing about improvised music is that it's a language that allows for a individual to include anything that they're interested in. And if you get with other musicians who also have that same openness, then anything is possible....any genre or idea can be entered into the mix. And to me that's the most interesting part about what we do, placing the communication first before preconception so that we can make music together in a way that is unique to that particular time and place."
Scott Colley has been one of the most in-demand bassists, appearing on more than 200 albums to date. He has worked with a variety of musicians from guitarists Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny and Adam Rogers; saxophonists Michael Brecker, Chris Potter and Clifford Jordan; pianists Herbie Hancock, Kenny Werner, Edward Simon, and drummers Brian Blade, Antonio Sanchez, Bill Stewart and Roy Haynes, supplying the rich tones and driving momentum behind their music.
"I want to be involved in a lot of different music," the composer-bass player said. "Some music might speak to me melodically, some rhythmically, some intellectually, or usually some combination of all three. How I respond to a musical situation is a result of all the music I've listened to and absorbed in my life. Essentially, I have my own approach and direction, but I want it to be adaptable to many different styles of music. I don't think of music in terms of 'this is inside or outside; or this is old or new music.' It's a conversation. It comes back to listening. When you're listening to what's really going on and not thinking about what is supposed to be going on, if you are just responding to the musical conversation, then you get to the root of what it's about."
WORKS is the resident ensemble of Connection Works. The group consists of flutist Michel Gentile, pianist Daniel Kelly and drummer Rob Garcia, all of whom compose for the group. They perform as a trio as well as with special guests including, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Joseph Jarman, Tony Malaby, John Hebert, Loren Stillman and Bill McHenry.
For the past decade, drummer Rob Garcia has brought his superb skills and subtly dynamic rhythmic sense to an assortment of jazz-based, creative ensembles; collaborating with stellar artists such as: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis, Joseph Jarman, Diana Krall, Anat Cohen, Woody Allen, Howard Alden, Lynne Arriale, Dave Binney, Ben Monder, Donny McCaslin, Marty Erhlich, Chris Cheek, Myra Melford, and Vince Giordano among others.
Artist-run organizations are a new and successful trend in the jazz world, and Rob has been a major force in this new way for jazz to continue and thrive. He is the founder and executive director of Connection Works, and a member of the Douglass Street Music Collective, an artist-run rehearsal and performance space, featuring some of New York's most creative and cutting edge musicians/composers. He is also a new member of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, an association of independent artists with a shared commitment to creativity and community.
Flutist and composer Michel Gentile is an active member of the New York jazz scene. He received his Master of Music degree with distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Jimmy Giuffre, Dave Holland, Geri Allen, Mick Goodrick, and George Garzone. Michel has recorded and performed with Fred Hersch, Anthony Braxton, Dave Kikoski, Bobby Previte, Jane Ira Bloom, Harvie Swartz, Michael Formanek, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joseph Jarman, and many others.
Michel has worked extensively with dance, theater, and film and has been featured on national radio and television throughout North America and is a member of the performance ensemble, Strike Anywhere.
Award-winning composer and pianist Daniel Kelly has developed his own personal and unique approach to jazz, Afro-Cuban music, and free improvisation using keyboards, samplers, and electronic sound manipulation as well as the acoustic piano. He has recorded or performed with a wide range of musicians, including David Gonzalez, Michael Brecker, Lauryn Hill, Ray Barretto, David Murray, Bobby Sanabria, William Parker, and John Zorn, and is currently a member of bands led by bassist Harvie S and drummer/composer Rob Garcia. Daniel has also performed several totally improvised solo piano concerts. He has recorded three highly acclaimed CDs of his own compositions, World, Duets with Ghosts, and Emerge, and many others as a sideman. He has also performed with other great musicians such as Donny McCaslin, David Binney, Christian Howes, Brad Shepik, Grammy-winner Nestor Torres, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Kyaw-Kyaw Naing, Joel Harrison, and many others.
The Daniel Kelly Quartet, which showcases Daniel's genre-bending compositions, was awarded the 2007 Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award.
Connection Works' Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open concert series, provides Brooklyn with events meriting large-scale international attention, maintaining the highest standards in performance and education, presented in a community-based format. The dialogues provide the audience a rare opportunity to interact with musical icons as they share their experience and artistic processes, while the workshops allow young musicians to perform, and receive feedback from seasoned professionals. Since 2007, the Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open series has presented workshops, master-classes and concerts featuring artists such as Joe Lovano, Fly (w/ Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard), Adam Kolker Quartet with John Abercrombie and Billy Hart, Dafnis Prieto Quartet, Yosvany Terry Quartet, Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, Dave Liebman Quartet, Anat Cohen/Howard Alden Quartet, Steve Coleman and Five Elements and Gene Bertoncini.
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MISSION STATEMENT: Connection Works is an artist-run non-profit organization (501c3) that engages the Brooklyn community with world-class jazz performances and educational events. Our programs promote and facilitate new work by established and up-and-coming artists alike. We provide a forum that supports the astonishing number of brilliant artists in our borough. We at Connection Works believe in and encourage the practice of creativity as a means to nourish the mind, body, and spirit. Connection Works has received grants from: NYSCA, JPMorgan-Chase and DCA via The Brooklyn Arts Council, The Independence Community Foundation, Meet The Composer, and the James and Jill Cornell fund.
Our advisory board includes Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Woody Allen, Bill de Blasio, Dan Zanes, Joel Thome, and David Gonzalez.
PRESS ENQUIRIES on:
Connection Works and Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open:
Jason Paul Harman Byrne - Red Cat Publicity
Tel 347 578 7601, Email Redcatjazz@mac.com
Red Cat Publicity on the web
Connection Works Executive Director - Robert Garcia Tel 718 369 6931, Email firstname.lastname@example.org, www.connectionworks.org
More Information: http://www.connectionworks.org
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