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Firehouse 12 To Present The Adam Birnbaum Trio June 8th
(Published: May 09, 2007)

New Haven's Firehouse 12 will conclude its 2007 Spring Jazz Series on Friday, June 8th with a two-set performance by the Adam Birnbaum Trio. The group, led by award-winning pianist Adam Birnbaum, features bassist Ben Wolfe (Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Harry Connick, Jr.) and drummer Rodney Green (Diana Krall, Greg Osby). Birnbaum's trio has opened for Brad Mehldau and Herbie Hancock, and released two CDs, Ballade Pour Adeline and A Comme Amour, on the Pony Canyon Records label.

A former student of jazz greats Kenny Barron, Fred Hersch and Danilo Pérez, Birnbaum earned an Artist's Diploma as a member of the first graduating class from the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies in 2003. Since then, he has gone on to become the 2004 Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association (an award given only once every three years), and win the first-ever "special prize" at the 2006 Martial Solal Competition in Paris. His playing and equally impressive classical background led Jazziz to write, "Birnbaum's touch and harmonic ideas are reminiscent of another multi-genre maestro, Keith Jarrett."

He has performed at prestigious venues all around the world, including Alice Tully Hall, Birdland, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, The Blue Note, and The Tanglewood Jazz Festival among many others. His quintet was in residence in July 2006 at the Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, and in March 2007 he toured internationally as a part of the Rhythm Road program sponsored by Jazz At Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department. He has also performed and recorded with musicians such as Carl Allen, Wycliffe Gordon, Victor Lewis, Wynton Marsalis, Lewis Nash, Ira Sullivan and Peter Washington. Learn more at http://www.adambirnbaum.com/

About Firehouse 12:

Firehouse 12 is an award-winning bar, state of the art recording studio and unusually intimate music venue located in New Haven's historic Ninth Square District. Its distinctive 75-seat performance space, located inside the recording studio, offers world-class acoustics and unprecedented technical possibilities to both listeners and performers. Many of the most respected names in jazz and creative improvised music have performed at Firehouse 12 since it opened its doors in April 2005.

The local media has called it "one of the region's prime centers for new and improvised music" (Owen McNally, Hartford Courant), noting both its "astutely stylish, updated-classic aesthetic" (Hugh Elton, New Haven Advocate) and its dedicated fan base of "people who bring near-religious reverence to the music, producing an exchange of energy that often fires great performances" (Regina DeAngelo, New Haven Independent). Play's David Lewis recently added, "they present such an amazing assortment of artists that you really can't go wrong."

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven recognized owner/producer/recording engineer Nick Lloyd with a 2006 Arts Award for his "visionary restoration" of this landmark firehouse building, which also earned the architects, Gray Organschi Architecture, a 2006 Design Award in the preservation category from Connecticut's chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

In 2007, Firehouse 12 founded its own label, Firehouse 12 Records, with the intention of releasing a mix of physical and digital-only recordings, including music recorded live during recent performances. Its first new releases, the Anthony Braxton 12+1tet's 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 and the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet's The Middle Picture, were released April 3rd.

Find out more at http://www.firehouse12.com

Spring 2007 Spring Jazz Series schedule:

03/16 :: Steve Davis Quintet featuring Mike DiRubbo
03/23 :: Frank Kimbrough Trio
03/30 :: Ullmann/Swell 4tet featuring Barry Altschul
04/06 :: Wallace Roney Sextet
04/13 :: Step In: Joe Fonda/Carlo Morena/George Schuller
04/20 :: Taylor Ho Bynum Trio
04/27 :: Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts
05/04 :: Tyshawn Sorey Quartet
05/11 :: David Weiss and The Point of Departure Quintet
05/18 :: Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet
05/25 :: Kris Davis Quartet
06/02 :: Andy Milne and Dapp Theory
06/08 :: Adam Birnbaum Trio

More Information: http://firehouse12.com/performance_space_calendar.asp

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