PP CAFE CONCERTS 2005/1
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THE 5 EURO-JAZZ-CONCERTS-SERIES 2005 / 1
WEDNESDAY 26 JANUARY 2005
PHILIP CATHERINE TRIO
Philip Catherine has been on the forefront of the European jazz scene since the sixties. His work great artists like Chet Baker, Larry Coryell, Tom Harrell, NHOP, Stéphane Grappelli, Charles Mingus, his unique approach and sound, his dedication to music have been important and influential. Philip Catherine was born in London in 1942. Being from a musical family (his grandfather was first violin with the London Symphony Orchestra), he developed a musical ear from an early age. He took up the guitar after having discovered Brassens and Django Reinhardt, and started listening to all the great jazzmen of the period. Very soon he had the opportunity to meet some of them, and often accompanied them when they played in Belgium where his family had moved to by then.
At the age of 18 he toured Europe with Lou Bennett and in 1971 Jean-Luc Ponty asked him to join his quintet. In 1974-75 he made his first records under his name, "September Man" and "Guitars". Jazz amateurs the world over discovered not only a brilliant guitarist, but also a talented composer: themes like "Homecomings" and "Nairam" have become famous.
WEDNESDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2005
TIM BERNE'S "ACOUSTIC HARD CELL"
TIM BERNE : SAX / CRAIG TABORN : PIANO / TOM RAINEY : DRUMS
Acoustic Hard Cell is a band that Tim Berne put together with his long time pals Craig Taborn and Tom Rainey. All three have worked together in one group formation or another having played on Berne?s 2001 recording ?The Shell Game? and on Berne?s 2002 disc ?Science Friction? that included guitarist Mark Ducret. Acoustic Hard Cell recently released a new CD titled ?Electric and Acoustic Hard Cell Live? under Berne?s record label Screwgun and the group will be touring in early Spring 2005 in Europe, Canada and the U.S.
Alto and baritone saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Tim Berne is considered to be one of the premier creative forces in improvised music of the last 20 years. He considers saxophonist Julius Hemphill of having a significant and continuing influence on his work. Berne has composed and recorded extensively with different musicians and groups as well as releasing a number of albums on various labels. The most notable recording came from the group Bloodcount, a quartet consisting of Berne, Michael Formanek, Jim Black and Chris Speed in a live Paris concert trilogy of CD recordings in 1995 (Lowlife, Poisoned Minds, and Memory Select) with guitarist Marc Ducret which received considerable acclaim under the JMT label.
Craig Taborn hails from Minneapolis and started playing acoustic piano and electronic keyboards when he was twelve. He has distinguished himself through his work with various groups and musicians that included Dave Douglas, Billy Drummond, Mike Formanek, James Carter and Marc Ducret. His recording and release of his cutting-edge acoustic piano trio project ?Light Made Lighter? in 2001 rose to critical acclaim in the jazz community.
Drummer Tom Rainey was born in Los Angeles, California in 1957. Since moving to New York City in 1979 he has performed at festivals and clubs throughout North America and Europe with a wide range of artists, including John Abercrombie, Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Marc Ducret, George Gruntz, Fred Hersch, Matthias Schubert, Tom Varner, WDR Big Band and Ken Werner just to name a few.
WEDNESDAY 16 MARCH 2005
CHARLES GAYLE TRIO
CHARLES GAYLE : SAX / REGGIE WORKMAN : BASS / ANDREW CYRILLE : DRUMS
Charles Gayle is one of the most powerful musicians I have ever had the pleasure to listen to. His uncompromising sound, energy, fury and spirituality make him a truly compelling figure. His music has gathered enormous accolades from an incredibly small circle of listeners (The Penguin Guide to Jazz deems his Touchin' on Trane an "essential recording"). Not only is there the music, there is the legend ... Charles Gayle, born February 28, 1939 in Buffalo, New York (USA), reportedly participated in the free jazz scene of the 1960s and early 1970s in NYC. From then until sometime in the mid-1980s, Gayle was often homeless; relegated to playing his tenor saxophone on the streets. The story of his homelessness and subsequent fame in jazz circles can be read as uplifting; a study in conviction, perserverence, faith and survival. While primarily known for his fiery sax work, in recent years he has returned to his first instrument, the piano. He has also experimented with the bass clarinet, the viola and drums on several of his albums. He has recorded with some of the best musicians in jazz: William Parker, Cecil Taylor, Rashied Ali, Sunny Murray and John Tchicai; and has been associated with alternative rockers Henry Rollins and Thurston Moore.
Reggie Workman has traversed a diverse and prestigious pathway in his 35+-year career, and is currently collaborating not only with the Summit Conference and Cerebral Caverns musicians but also with Mal Waldron, Cecil Taylor, Butch Morris, David Murray, and Marilyn Crispell, and with Oliver Lake and Andrew Cyrille in Trio 3. A music educator as well as a musician, he is a professor in and curriculum coordinator for the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at New York's New School and conducts music education seminars nationally and internationally. "I have been fortunate," notes Workman, who grew up in Philadelphia and now lives in the New York City area, "to have collaborated with such great artists as Thelonious Monk, Sun Ra, Miles Davis, Yusef Lateef, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Wayne Shorter, Nina Simone, Alice Coltrane, Abbey Lincoln, Sonny Stitt, and -- very importantly -- with John Coltrane and the other members of his pioneering 1960's jazz group. I have truly enjoyed a fruitful experience in the world of music."
Andrew Cyrille, born in Brooklyn on November 10, 1939, studied with Philly Joe Jones in 1958 and then spent the first half of the 1960s studying in New York at Juilliard and the Hartnett School of Music. At the same time, he was performing with jazz artists ranging from Mary Lou Williams, Coleman Hawkins, and Illunois Jacquet to Kenny Dorham, Freddie Hubbard, Walt Dickerson, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, among others. He also played with Nigerian drummer Babtunde Olatunji and worked with dancers. In 1964 he formed what would prove to be an eleven-year association with Cecil Taylor, a gig that brought him new acclaim and established him in the vanguard of jazz drumming. Starting in 1969, Cyrille played in a number of percussion groups with notable drummers including Kenny Clarke, Milford Graves, Don Moye, Rashied Ali, Daniel Ponce, Michael Carvin, and Vladimir Tarasov. Cyrille formed his group Maono ("feelings") in 1975, with its fluid membership dictated by the forces his compositions called for rather than vice versa. Since leaving Taylor's group, he has also worked with such top-flight peers as David Murray, Muhal Richard Abrams, Mal Waldron, Horace Tapscott, James Newton, and Oliver Lake, was the drummer on Billy Bang's A Tribute to Stuff Smith (Soul Note 121216), notable for being the last studio session of Sun Ra. An artist-in-residence and teacher at Antioch College (Yellow Springs, Ohio) from 1971 to 1973, Cyrille has also taught at the Graham Windham Home for Children in New York and is currently a faculty member at the New School for Social Research in New York City. His sterling work has earned him a number of grants and awards, mostly notably from Meet the Composer. Additionally, he has an educational video available from Alchemy Pictures.
WEDNESDAY 20 APRIL 2005
DAVE LIEBMAN / ELLERY ESKELIN QUARTET
DAVE LIEBMAN : SAX / ELLERY ESKELIN : SAX / TONY MARINO : BASS / JIM BLACK : DRUMS
Dave Liebman has developed through time to become one of the top soprano saxophonists in jazz. A highly individual and explorative (yet versatile) improviser who can stretch from bop to free, Liebman studied early on with Lennie Tristano and Charles Lloyd. He gained important experience playing with Ten Wheel Drive (1970), Elvin Jones (1971-1973), and Miles Davis fusion group (1973-1974). Liebman formed Lookout Farm in 1974, the first of several groups (including Quest in the 1980s) that teamed his reeds with pianist Richie Beirach. By the late '80s, he had largely dropped the tenor to concentrate on soprano and occasionally flute, although he made a rare recording on tenor for Double-Time in 1995. Dave Liebman, who is very active in jazz education and has written several books, has recorded for a countless number of labels through the years as a leader, including PM, ECM, Horizon, Timeless, Palo Alto, Impulse, Soul Note, Heads Up, Storyville, Owl, CMP, Red, and Candid. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
Tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin was born in Wichita, KS, in 1959. He was raised in a musical home in Baltimore, MD, by his mother, Bobbie Lee, who played Hammond B-3 organ and led her own jazz groups during the '60s. Eskelin began playing the tenor saxophone when he was ten years old and knew immediately that he wanted to be a jazz player. He began working professionally while still in high school, and in 1973, began attending annual week-long summer residences with Stan Kenton & His Orchestra at Towson State University, where from 1977 to 1981 he was a student. In 1983, Eskelin moved to N.Y.C. to study and play, and it was here that he first really listened to music by his father Rodd Keith, who worked in the song poem industry during the '60s and '70s. Although Keith became a sort of cult figure due to his music, Eskelin was not as musically influenced by his father since he did not hear his music until this later date. Four years later, Eskelin appears on his first recording, Joint Venture, with Drew Gress and Paul Smoker, released by the Enja label. Over the years, Eskelin has developed a strong individual approach, combining jazz roots with various concepts of independence and role changing in an attempt to play freely, while still paying attention to harmony, time, and form. In 1994, he formed a trio with Andrea Parkins and Jim Black which has released structurally tight and enjoyable albums, mostly on the Hatology label. By 1999, Eskelin had released ten albums as a leader and appeared as a sideman on over 20 other releases.
Tony Marino is one of the most amazing bass players in the world. The interesting thing is that he's pretty much self taught. The other guy on this site who is self taught is Steve Giordano. Bassist Tony Marino originally studied guitar at an early age switching to acoustic and electric bass during high school so that he might participate in the music curriculum. He began his musical career as the house bass player at clubs and resorts in the Pocono and Catskill Mountains providing back-up to a myriad of welll known entertainers. Marino has accompanied such greats as the late Al Cohn & Zoot Sims, Mose Allison, Phil Woods, Urbie Green and John Coates Jr., among others.. His talents have been heard on recordings with drummer Bill Goodwin's group Solar Energy and also with saxophonist George Young's group Low Profile. He performs regularly with Broadway star Betty Buckley and jazz pianist Kenny Werner as well as performing, recording and touring internationally with the Dave Liebman group. Marino is well known for his versatility and wide range of musicality as he's accompanied and recorded with numerous artists from folk to pop Tony also can be heard on several cuts of Bob Dorough's CD, Too Much Coffee Man.
Jim Black has been playing drums for twenty-three years. Born in 1967, he grew up in Seattle, WA, playing music ranging from garage rock to big band swing. In 1985 he went to Boston, MA to attend the Berklee College of Music. During this time he recorded numerous albums, performed in Europe and taught summer classes at Berklee. In 1991 he moved to Brooklyn, NY, and has since become one of the most in demand drummers in the jazz/new music scene today. In addition to co-leading and composing for the groups Pachora and Human feel, Jim records and tours extensively with diverse groups including Ellery Eskelin, Chris Speed's Yeah No, Tim Berne's Bloodcount, Dave Douglas' Tiny Bell Trio and Uri Caine's Mahler and Bach Projects, and Laurie Anderson. Jim is currently recording and performing with his quartet AlasNoAxis, his latest cd "Splay" and debut album as a leader are available on Winter & Winter Recordings. He also regularly performs with the collective Balkan-music-inspired quartet, PAcHORA, featuring Skuli Sverrisson, Brad Shepik, and Chris Speed.
WEDNESDAY 25 MAY 2005
MATT DARRIAU´S PARADOX TRIO
Balkan, Klezmer, Oriental Jazz from Downtown Manhattan
MATT DARRIAU : ALTO SAX, CLARINET, KAVAL, GAIDA / BRAD SHEPIK : GUITAR / RUFUS CAPPADOCIA : CELLO / SEIDO SALIFOSKI : DUMBEKS
Composer, bandleader, and multi-reedist Matt Darriau first began appearing on recordings by the Boston large ensemble Orange Then Blue, and his interest in musical influences outside what is generally regarded as the jazz world was apparent even in those early days. The Darriau-penned "Balkan Bounce," recorded in 1986, is the very first track on the first OTB album, Music for Jazz Orchestra, and can be seen as a precursor to much of his work over the next 15 years. Darriau can swing with the best of them (as can be heard on recordings by the '30s and '40s jazz-focused Ballin' the Jack), but traditional Balkan, klezmer, Celtic, and gypsy influences have always held an important place in Darriau's musical universe. Recordings by OTB and Darriau's New York-based Paradox Trio find the reedman giving traditional folk material a contemporary improvisational spin, writing new tunes that mix old-world and modern influences, and displaying masterful soloing chops not only on an array of saxophones and clarinets, but also pennywhistle, slide whistle, Irish flute, kaval (a Balkan flute), and gaida (a Bulgarian bagpipe). Paradox Trio (actually a quartet), formed by Darriau after he moved from Boston to New York in 1991, can be seen as a particularly influential group on the New York downtown scene, and one of the first bands to give traditional ethnic music a distinctly downtown flavor. Certainly, Darriau was in the first wave of artists -- which also included trumpeter Dave Douglas, reedman Chris Speed, and guitarist Brad Shepik (a Paradox Trio member) -- to introduce Eastern European and Middle Eastern melodies, scales, and rhythms into the downtown mix. The third Paradox Trio CD, Source. aptly summarizes the multicultural influences that define much of Darriau's recorded output; the 1999 album finds the group exploring music of the late-period Ottoman Empire, where the East and West met and co-mingled, forever influencing art and culture throughout most of the 20th century. In addition to his work with Paradox Trio and Orange Then Blue, Darriau has performed in a number of other adventurous contexts, including the widely popular The Klezmatics, who imbue Yiddish roots music with a contemporary flavor (and notably appear on violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman's In the Fiddler's House CD); Celtic-influenced bands Whirligig and Smash the Windows; and the polystylistic (of course) Les Misérables Brass Band.
Brad Shepik is one of a number of great players (such as Jim Black, Chris Speed, and Briggan Krauss) to move to N.Y.C. from Seattle in the early '90s to make their mark on the downtown scene. His versatility on the guitar has led to performing and/or recording with artists like Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, and Paul Motian, but his particular talent in interpreting the modal musics of Eastern Europe and the Balkans has led to his position as the lynchpin of several bands performing ethnic hybrid jazz. Pachora, with Black, Chris Speed, and bassist Skuli Sverrisson, combines jazz with music from the Mediterranean Basin. Trumpeter Dave Douglas' Dave Douglas' Tiny Bell Trio (also featuring Jim Black) applies a slightly more avant-garde approach to the music of Eastern Europe, and Paradox Trio (Matt Darriau, reeds; Rufus Cappadocia five-string cello; and Seido Salifoski, dumbek) use Eastern Europe and the Balkans as their blueprint. As leader of Brad Shepik & the Commuters (with Peter Epstein, Skuli Sverrisson, Seido Salifoski, and Mike Sarin), the focus shifts to combining Turkish and African music with Balkan-flavored jazz. Each of these bands was formed in the mid-'90s and remains an on-again-off-again working project. Shepik is so skilled at this type of music that he has even worked with Yuri Yunakov, a former member of Ivo Papasov's band, performing the frenetic wedding music of Bulgaria.
Shifting his ethnic inclinations to the background, Shepik also co-led Babkas with alto player Briggan Krauss and drummer Aaron Alexander. This is a jazz trio more focused on group interplay and improvisation. Shepik has also worked with Owen Howard, Andy Laster, Franz Koglmann, and Ken Schaphorst Big Band, in addition to being a member of Joey Baron's
Rufus Cappadocia is one of the leading voices on the cello today. He has toured throughout the Americas and Europe with numerous groups and is known for his collaborations with artists from all over the world... from the Balkans to the Caribbean, from West Africa to North America. He has toured extensively with Urban Tap and The Paradox Trio. Cappadocia has just finished recording for Pest Records with Badal Roy (who played tabla with Miles Davis) and Barney Mcall (who plays piano with Gary Bartz); a Canadian release with Hugh Marsh (violin) and Bary Romberg (drums); and is currently recording a new project, Vodou Jazz Ensemble with ?Bonga? Jean-Baptiste as well as a CD of unaccompanied solo cello. Rufus was first introduced to the cello in Hamilton, Ontario at age three through the Suzuki method. By age six he had begun his studies with the renowned Czech cellist Zdenick Konicek. He continued to play classical music as a teen but was increasingly inspired to find a voice that would allow him to reach a larger audience and work with contemporary instrumentation. After years of experimentation and practice Rufus now plays a self designed Five String Electric Cello that extends the bass range of the cello and through amplification expands the tonal possibilities of the instrument. Rufus has made a career of going where few cellists have gone before. He has appeared on CDs with Ross Daly, Kif, David Fiuczynski, The Paradox Trio, Odetta, Michael Blake, and Tamalalou. Rufus has also performed with Kasse Mady, Aretha Franklin, The Black Rock Coalition, Esma, Theodossi Spassoff, Seamus Egan, Eileen Eivers, Cheick-Tidiane Seck, Vernon Reid, and many more.
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