Mark Kleinhaut Trio debuts at Nighttown in Cleveland
(Published: July 10, 2007)
From Maine and now residing in Cleveland
Mark Kleinhaut Trio
with Kip Reed-bass & Matt Perko-drums
Sunday, July 15th
"one of the truly brilliant guitarists on the jazz scene today."
- Bill Milkowski, writer for JazzTimes
"...you find yourself using words like 'perfect' and 'sublime' because that's what you're hearing." - ejazznews.com
Night Town is pleased to welcome newly relocated jazz guitarist Mark Kleinhaut to his new home in Cleveland. For his first Cleveland performance, Kleinhaut looks forward to performing music from his five critically acclaimed CDs with new friends and trio members Kip Reed on bass and Matt Perko on drums.
Though not yet well known to Clevelanders, Mark Kleinhaut has performed with some of the most respected names in the jazz world, including a Jazzweek Top 20 recording with Bobby Watson and a remarkable album with trumpeter Tiger Okoshi. His recordings have help to establish his reputation not only as a performer, but as a composer with over 50 recorded works, several of which will be featured in this evening's performance. The inspiration for Kleinhaut's compositions comes from the places he visits, like the colorful villages of Southern Cuba or the wild places on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and coastal Maine. Designed around beautiful melodies, Kleinhaut uses his compositions to paint vivid pictures of his travels, and the dynamic musical chemistry of his ensemble becomes the vehicle that transports the listener to these destinations.
A jazz guitarist for nearly thirty years, Mark Kleinhaut has developed a highly personal sound and recognizable voice on his instrument. His clean guitar tone may first recall the great tradition of mainstream jazz guitarists like Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino, but listeners soon detect that his playing avoids the trappings of the too-familiar jazz jargon in favor of a personal and highly evolved vocabulary that is melodic and passionate. Those already familiar with Kleinhaut's work will instantly recognize his trademark blend of infectious melody, open improvisation and brilliant technical execution, while newcomers will discover jazz that is ultimately centrist in perspective-modern and forward yet steeped in jazz traditions. Kleinhaut also weaves acoustic and electronic sounds to explore the deep emotions contained in his music, but what makes his performances truly satisfying is his ability to marry the edge of excitement to the soft comforts of swing. His music is fresh yet somehow familiar, cerebral and fun too.
Does Cleveland need more guitars? Come down to Nighttown and find out for yourself, and help us welcome Mark as the newest member of Cleveland's vibrant jazz community.
More Information: http://www.jwpjazz.com/nighttown/nighttown_special_events.html
Submitted By: Mark Kleinhaut