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BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Presents Lost Jazz Shrines 2014: Mondays at Minton’s
(Published: May 05, 2014)

BMCC Tribeca PAC's Lost Jazz Shrines series is dedicated to restoring the memory of legendary New York City jazz venues to the consciousness of the world with a thorough remembrance and celebration, led by Artistic Director Willard Jenkins. This year, join us on Saturday, May 10 at 7:30pm as we celebrate the legacy of the legendary Minton's Playhouse, mythical birthplace of bebop, or the modern jazz sound.

Minton's was significant as an after-hours haunt in Harlem where musicians would often come after their gigs elsewhere to jam with the house rhythm section. In that spirit, drummer Carl Allen will act as "straw-boss" and lead an organized jam session.

The concert will be preceded by a FREE screening of the film "Thelonious Monk, American Composer," at 6:00PM, followed by the concert at 7:30PM. Tickets are $25. Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticketing Services at (212) 220-1460 or online at www.tribecapac.org.

Performers:
Carl Allen - Drums / Musical Director
Eddie Allen - Trumpet
Antonio Hart - Alto Saxophone
Rodney Jones - Guitar
Yasushi Nakamura - Bass
Helen Sung - Piano

Performers Subject to change.

BIOS

Carl Allen - Drums / Musical Director
With over 200 recordings to his credit, the Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur, and educator, Carl Allen's profound and propulsive percolations have provided soulful and syncopated support for nearly three decades. Allen studied at The University of Wisconsin at Green Bay from 1979 to 1981, and transferred to William Patterson College in New Jersey, where he graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies and Performance. Allen has played with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Jennifer Holliday, J.J. Johnson, Rickie Lee Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Lena Horne, Ruth Brown, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Mike Stern, Nellie McKay, Terence Blanchard, Phil Woods, Benny Green, Cyrus Chestnut, Joe Henderson, Billy Childs and many others. Piccadilly Square (Timeless) was Allen's first CD as leader, released in 1989, followed by The Dark Side of Dewey (Evidence), The Pursuer (Atlantic), Testimonial (Atlantic), and Get Ready, his 2007 Mack Avenue gospel/Motown accented debut release with co-leader, bassist Rodney Whitaker followed up by Work to Do (Mack Avenue Records) featuring Kirk Whalum. Currently he is serving as the Artistic Director of Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School in New York City.

Eddie Allen - Trumpet
Allen studied music, theory and arranging at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay before moving to the east coast. He then attended the William Paterson University of New Jersey where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. Since his arrival on the New York scene he's worked with such jazz greats as Art Blakey, Billy Harper, Randy Weston, Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Threadgill, Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis, Benny Carter, Panama Francis, Joe Henderson and Steve Turre. He's performed in the orchestras of such Broadway hits as Ain't Misbehavin', Black & Blue, Side Show, Jelly's Last Jam, Five Guys Named Mo' and Rollin' On the T.O.B.A. As an author, he's written the instructional method book, "An Introduction To The Bb Concert Blues," which is published by Charles Colin Publishing - N.Y.C.

Antonio Hart - Alto Saxophone
Hart has performed and recorded with many jazz greats, from Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hargrove, Nancy Wilson, Nat Adderley, and McCoy Tyner to Dave Holland. His study of jazz began at Berklee College of Music in Boston, followed by a Masters Degree at Queens College, where is now a full Professor. His 1997 release "Here I Stand" earned Hart a Grammy nomination for "Best Jazz Instrumental Solo." He has guested on over 100 recordings and seven albums as a leader.

Rodney Jones - Guitar
Jones was born in New Haven, CT and started playing guitar at age 6. Career highlights include playing with Dizzy Gillespie (three years), Lena Horne (20 years as guitarist/musical director), and Ruth Brown (guitarist/musical director). Extensive TV work including staff guitarist, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Cosby Show, Showtime at the Apollo, The Rhythm and Blues Foundation, and The Apprentice. As a leader recorded CDs for Blue Note Records, Verve, HighNote and others. Recordings with Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Burrell, Carl Allen, Billy Joel, Dave Koz, Ray Charles, Maceo Parker, James Brown. Master classes at Eastman School, Berklee College, and others. Has toured internationally and given lectures worldwide on music as well as the Art of Spiritual Living at Eckankar seminars. Studies at City College of New York with pianist John Lewis, founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Studies with guitar legend Bruce Johnson. The Juilliard School faculty since 2007.

Yasushi Nakamura - Bass
Nakamura was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1982 and grew up in Seattle. His musical training began at age eleven with clarinet and tenor saxophone, and he switched to bass at age fourteen. After graduating Newport High School in 2000, Nakamura went on to study jazz at Berklee College of Music, receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Performance in 2003. In 2004, he received a full scholarship to the Juilliard School, graduating with AD Program in Jazz Studies in 2006. Yasushi has performed in many countries around the world with jazz greats such as Clarence Penn, Frank Kimbrough, Wynton Marsalis, Hank Jones, and more.

Helen Sung - Piano
An award-winning classical pianist, Houston, TX, native Helen Sung went on to graduate from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and win the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition. Since establishing herself in New York City, she has worked with such luminaries as Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Steve Turre, the legendary Wayne Shorter, and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter; and, in addition to her own band, can currently be seen with fine ensembles including the Mingus Big Band & Dynasty Band, the T.S.Monk Group, and Terri Lyne Carrington's Grammy-winning Mosaic Project. With five first-rate albums to her credit, Sung's next recording, Anthem For A New Day, is her debut on Concord Records.


More Information: http://tribecapac.org/lost-jazz-shrines/


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