Sound Vision Brass Ensemble under the direction of Jeff Hoyer, will perform the compositions of Joe Daley, Stephen Haynes and Jeff Hoyer. The Sound Vision Brass Ensemble will feature Stephen Haynes, Amir El Saffar and Nate Wooley on trumpet; Steve Swell and Jeff Hoyer on trombone; Aaron Johnson subbing for Bill Lowe on bass trombone; Joe Daley on tuba and Warren Smith on percussion.The Sound Vision Brass Ensemble is the latest in a series of projects sponsored by Sound Vision Orchestra, Inc. It features members of the Orchestra's brass section (with a welcome dash of percussion) performing works written especially for the occasion. This is an intended encounter between the prodigious improvisational skills of the players and a unique blend of compositional points of view. The Sound Vision Orchestra has performed numerous works composed by Jimmy Lyons, Alan Silva, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor as well as a conduction by Butch Morris. See the Vison Festival webpage for more details.
We're back!!! This time for four nights. The Charles Tolliver Big Band, only 30 years or so after the release of Music, Inc and Impact, two of the most important and influential jazz orchestra recordings ever, will make some more history at the Jazz Standard. Call it a road less travelled, or just an alternate vison, Tolliver and Stanley Cowell created big band music that was a logical extension of the late 60's and early 70's scene, a period often overlooked because of the relative weakness of the jazz economy in those years. As a result of that weakness, this music has rarely been heard live in the USA and only a bit more frequently in Europe. We will be at the "Standard," one of the city's nicest clubs for a Thursday to Sunday run. The Jazz Standard is located at 116 East 27th St. between Madison and Park Avenues. You can call them at 212-576-2232. Take a look at their website, you can look at the schedule and all-star roster in the Charles Tolliver band and you can find a link on the contact page for online reservations. Sets are at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 on Friday and Saturday and 7:30 and 9:30 on Thursday and Sunday.
Frank Lacy will feature his groups large and small at the Jazz Standardin October. Vibe Tribe is Frank's vison of large ensembel music. Frank Lacy is one of the great talents of the generation that hit New York in the late 70's. Widely know as a sideman with such big figures as Lester Bowie, David Murray and Roy Hargrove, as well as Art Blakey's music director, Frank's own music is a fresh and personal distillation of his unique experiences. I first met Frank when working with Steve Turre and Sanctified Shells. I have been an admirer ever since.
The Jazz Standardis located at 116 East 27th St. between Madison and Park Avenues. You can call them at 212-576-2232. Take a look at their website where you can puruse the schedule and you can find a link on the contact page for online reservations. Sets are at 7:30, 9:30.
Outstanding saxophonist and fellow NJ State Council On The Arts music composition fellowship recipient Oliver Lake will perform for an exciting weekend at Sweet Rhythms(located at the site if the old Sweet Basil). We are celebrating the release of our new CD, recorded this January. The band features my good friend and comrade Josh Roseman, as well as many other outstanding players. Sets are at 8, 10, and 12 each night. Sweet Rhythms is at 88 7th Ave. South (Bleecker/Grove Sts). Call (212) 255-3626 for information.
Jazz at Columbia University is having "A Day for Dexter" a tribute to Dexter Gordon. Its an all day affair ending in a evening concert featuring Barry Harris, Frank Wess, and Salim Washigton's Harlem Art Ensemble which I am in and will play some of my arrangements! Here is a link for more information on A Day for Dexter THe concert is 8 PM, Tuesday, April 15th at the Miller Theatre. Call 212-854-7799 for information. THe Miller Theatre is located at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway (at 116th St.)
Steve Turre and Sanctified Shells return to Yoshi's in Oakland, CA Steve Turre and the shells will be in residence at the wonderful club and resturant. Great atmosshpere, great sound, and geart food! Yoshi's Jack London Square is located at 510 Embarcadero West between Washington and Clay Streets around the corner from the Jack London Square Cinema Complex on Washington in Oakland. Yoshi's is on the ground floor on the front side of the seven-story parking structure. Call (510) 238-9200 for further information.
Steve Turre and Sanctified Shells at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in Green bay, WI. The Weidner Center is at the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay. Check out the offical Weidner Center site for more information.
Percussionist Reggie Nicholson, a member of the AACM will present his original music at the Ethical Culture Society (NY Society for Ethical Culture) on October 12, 2002, at 8 PM. The Society for Ethical Culture Society is at 2 W. 64th St (at the corner of Central Park West) in NYC. Tickets are $2O & $1O, for this AACM presentation. Info:(212) 874~521O, 594~7149 Appearing with Reggie Nicholson will be Art Baron, Bryan Carrott, Vincent Chancey, Ted Daniel, Eli Fountain, Yuko Fujiyama, and Aaron Johnson. Also featured will be John Stubblefield with Dave Kikoski, Cecil McBee, and Victor Lewis.
The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra under the direction of maestro David Baker, and guest conductors Bill Holman and Bill Russo perform several jazz compositions/arrangements selected from the vast jazz collection of the museum's Archives Center that focus on their earliest days together with the Stan Kenton Orchestra through their most recent musical endeavors.
There are three performances this weekend. There is a free first-come, first served performance at the Carmichael Auditorium at the National Museum of American History with the doors opening at 11:45 AM Friday, July 26th. There is also a 7:00 lecture and 7:30 performance that night also at Carmichael Auditorium. There is also a 7:30 lecture and 8 PM concert at the Lincoln Theater Saturday, July 27th. The Carmichael Auditorium evening tickets are distributed starting at 6 PM the evening of the performance. Lincoln Theater tickets are available only through the Lincoln Theater Box Office beginning Thursday, July 18; for more ticketing information, call 202-328-6000 See the Smithsonian's Jazz Websitefor further details. When you get to the site click on the Smithsonian Jazz masterworks Orchestra logo.
Vibe Tribe returns to the Jazz Gallery! Frank Lacy is one of the great talents of the generation that hit New York in the late 70's. Widely know as a sideman with such big figures as Lester Bowie, David Murray and Roy Hargrove, as well as Art Blakey's music director, Frank's own music is a fresh and personal distillation of his unique experiences. I first met Frank when working with Steve Turre and Sanctified Shells. I have been a fan ever since. Vibe Tribe is Ku-umba's Big Band and Vibe Tribe will to is 2001 home, the Jazz Gallery located at 290 Hudson Street. Call 212-243-1063 or surf to http://www.jazzgallery.org in cyberspace.
The Legacy Project will perform at the Montclair Jazz Festival, at the Montclair High School Auditorium, Park St. Entrance in Montclair, NJ. Legenary bassist Reggie Workman has created this powerful ensemble, under the direction of Charles Tolliver, that presents the music of John Coltrane's largest project, Africa Brass. The Legacy Project includes a stellar 22 piece band and the St.Paul Baptist Church Choir. The Legacy Project has given performances in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, Richmond, VA, Ahmerst, MA and in NYC including a memorable outdoor performance at Lincoln Center in 1999.PAST HIGHLIGHTS
Master trombonist Steve Turre has composed original music for his band Sanctified Shells to accompany a new dance performance from Donald Byrd/The Group. The Performance is at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, in Vienna, Virginia on September 8th. The performance is part of Wolf Traps's Face of America series. Also featured will be master storyteller Alice McGill and the Ronald K. Brown/Evidence dance company.
Bobby LaVell's writing is crisp and outstanding, and the band features a solid cast of New York players. The orchestra will perform at the Yonkers Pier at 6 PM. The pier is a sort walk from the Yonkers Metro North Station. Parking near the station is also availble for the Yonkers Jazz Festival which is every Friday from July to September
The outstanding Nancie Banks Orchestra will give a concert at Washington DC's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on May 10, 2001. This performance is part of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. The Kennedy Center's home page is http://kennedy-center.org/. Check Nancie out at http://www.jazzsingers.com/NancieBanks/.
Percussionist Reggie Necholson, a member of the AACM will present the Brass Concept at the Merkin Concert Hall on October 26, 2000. Merkin Hall is at 129 West 67th St in NYC. (On the North side of West 67th St., AMS - BWY)
My band Truth and Reconciliation will give a free performance at Vailsburg Park as part of the Essex County, NJ Summer Music Series. It starts at 7:30 PM. Vailsburg Park is located at the corner of South Orange Ave. and S. Munn Ave in Newark, NJ Truth and Reconciliation will include:
- Aaron J. Johnson, Trombone
- Derrick Garner, Trumpet and Flugelhorn
- Dan Faulk, Soprano and Tenor Saxophones
- Kelvin Sholar, Keyboard
- Earl May, Bass
- Rudy Walker, Drums
- KweYao Agyapon, Percussion
Muhal Richard Abrams will give a concert as part of the venerable AACM concert series at the Ethical Culture Society on September 16, 2000 at 8PM. The Ethical Cultural Society is located at 2 W. 64th St in New York (at the corner of 64th St and Central Park West).