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THE JASON LINDNER BIG BAND "LIVE AT THE JAZZ GALLERY" available now on Anzic Records
(Published: August 15, 2007)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE JASON LINDNER BIG BAND
LIVE AT THE JAZZ GALLERY

THE NEW DOUBLE DISC LIVE RECORDING ON ANZIC RECORDS Available Now at The Anzic Records Store, www.anzicstore.com, and officially IN STORES ON AUGUST 28

To hear The Jason Lindner Big Band live is to experience a marvel of sound and to take a trip through your emotions, one by one, or surprisingly, sometimes several at once. To be in their presence is to be amazed, delighted and musically fulfilled by the depth and substance of these musicians’ collective deluge of brilliance. On August 28, 2007 Anzic Records will release the double-live CD Live At The Jazz Gallery, which documents The Jason Lindner Big Band recorded live at the august NYC venue on November 25 and 26, 2005.

The Jason Lindner Big Band (formed by Lindner in 1995 to perform Monday nights at the legendary Smalls) is an ensemble that bucks typical big band conventions. Lindner explains, “the point of my big band is not about showcasing the arrangements, as some big bands really are indeed about, but more so about showcasing the playing, the interaction between the players, the spontaneity, and the energy. I feel like my big band definitely captures some of the type of fresh energy that was ever-present at Smalls during the 90’s, and I feel like as a big band that we are representative of that movement - new compositions, a more intense energetic way of playing, as opposed to ‘correct’ playing, or playing in the box.” For Lindner, this all translates into a concept that takes the listener into account in a considerable way. “My concept of music is about bringing joy and energy to listeners, getting them involved in the musical journey we are all embarking on, and giving them something perhaps unpredictable, or exciting, or sometimes just beautiful or soulful,” said Lindner.

Lindner’s dodecatet, which has also enjoyed residencies at The Jazz Gallery and Fat Cat, and performances across the nation and abroad, has always been armed with many of the young, creative stars on the New York scene. The current ensemble, featured on “Live At The Jazz Gallery,” is stocked with none other than Omer Avital (double bass), Eric McPherson (drums), Miguel Zenon (alto sax), Jay Collins (tenor & soprano saxophones, flute, vocals), Anat Cohen (tenor sax, clarinet), Chris Karlic (baritone sax, bass clarinet), Duane Eubanks (trumpet), Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Joe Fiedler (trombone), Dana Leong (trombone), Rafi Malkiel (trombone) and Yosvany Terry Cabrera (chekere – track 8 only). On the members of the ensemble Lindner said, “I cherish all the members of the band, their different personalities and their respect and support for one another in the interest of making good music.”

Jason Lindner’s writing, playing and band leading has taken his ensemble down a highway of its own. From its earliest days at Smalls up to the present, the band has succeeded. They celebrated their 10th anniversary in November of 2005. After twelve years, Lindner fearlessly leads the ensemble, pushing them musically and conceptually, always guided by the light of his mentors. The pianist explains, “I've brought everything I inherited from my elders in the New York jazz community - like Barry Harris, Chris Anderson, Frank Hewitt, Jimmy Lovelace, Tommy Turrentine, ‘C’ Sharpe, Junior Cook - and tried to use that knowledge to spring from, and then be part of our present musical current, the present movement.”

In order to realize the entire breadth of Lindner’s musical life, it is necessary to note that, in addition to leading his Big Band, he is an integral, vital part of many exciting bands and projects, including Me’shell Ndegeocello’s current working band, Claudia Acuña (longtime musical director and pianist), Dafnis Prieto’s Absolute Quintet (in his current band and on his Grammy nominated recording “Absolute Quintet”), on trumpeter Avishai Cohen’s new recording (“After The Big Rain,” Anzic), also featuring Blue Note recording artist Lionel Loueke, Anat Cohen, Omer Avital, Waverly 7, rapper Baba Israel, Pharaoh’s Daughter, and others. Jason Lindner was also musical director of Lauryn Hill’s band, and he arranged music for the Jazz @ Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (for the Grammy nominated recording “Noche Involvidable”). Lindner is arguably the only musician on the scene that is fully entrenched in such diverse styles as playing acoustic jazz piano with various small groups, analogue modular synths with Me’shell Ndegeocello, a mix of the two with Pharaoh’s Daughter, and leading one of the most electrifying big bands around.

JASON LINDNER ON THE ROAD:
August 25 – Chicago – with Pharaoh’s Daughter
August 30 – Chicago – with Anat Cohen
September 11-15 – Brazil – with Omer Avital
September 29 - Boston, Beantown Festival – with Claudia Acuña
October 4, 5 - Jazz Standard, NYC – with the Dafnis Prieto Absolute Quintet
October 19 – Wexler Center – Colombus, OH
October 22 – Earshot Jazz Festival – Seattle, WA October 23 – Yoshi’s – Oakland, CA
October 24-28 – Jazz Bakery – Los Angeles, CA
October 29 – The Kuumbwa Jazz Center – Santa Cruz, CA
October 31 – Master Class at Berkeley
October 31 – SF Jazz Fest – with Dana Leong
November 1 – Outpost – Albuquerque, NM
November 2 – Santa Fe, NM
November 9 – Wilmington, DE – with The Waverly 7
November 15 – December 15 – State Department RHYTHM ROAD tour of SE Asia
January 25, 2008 – Jason Lindner solo – NYC Fazioli Salon

Look for The Jason Lindner Big Band, Live At The Jazz Gallery,
on Anzic Records, August 28, 2007, www.anzicrecords.com

Check out www.michallevy.com for an animated film by Michal Levy (creator of the hugely popular animated film to “Giant Steps”) to the music of Jason Lindner

For more information, to receive a press kit or to schedule an interview with
Jason Lindner, please contact:

Jason Paul Harman Byrne at Red Cat Publicity
Tel 347 578 7601, Email redcatpublicity@aol.com

More Information: http://www.jasonlindner.net

Submitted By: Jason Byrne at Red Cat Publicity

Email: redcatpublicity@aol.com


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