ARTIST ROSTER 2015/16
Our 2015/16 ARTIST ROSTER is our strongest and most diverse ever, ranging from a genre-defying multimedia projects by pianist Myra Melford to the Afro-Cuban jazz explorations of drummer Dafnis Prieto and saxophonist Yosvany Terry, from the mesmerizing Czech solo performer Iva Bittová to the fresh sounds of the young brass quartet The Westerlies, and from Venezuelan-born pianist Edward Simon to Denver-based cornetist Ron Miles, both masters of musical economy.
NEW ARTIST ROSTER ADDITIONS
Yosvany Terry/Baptiste Trotignon Ancestral Memories Quartet one-sheet, EPK
With grant support from the French-American Jazz Exchange Program, Cuban-American saxophonist Yosvany Terry and French pianist Baptiste Trotignon present a unique new program inspired by the rich and diverse musical traditions that emerged from the African Diaspora in the United States and former French colonies in the Americas. Named Ancestral Memories, the project captures the rhythms, melodies, and harmonies of the Caribbean, New Orleans and French Louisiana, re-imagined through a 21st century jazz sensibility. Ancestral Memories also features the outstanding rhythm section of bassist Yunior Terry and drummer Jeff Tain Watts.
John Schott Actual Trio with Dan Seamans and John Hanes one-sheet.
Guitarist John Schott's Actual Trio with Dan Seamans, bass and John Hanes, drums has been playing regularly for three years in the Bay Area, earning a devoted following and developing a repertoire of original material and a distinctive group sound. In his compositions, written especially for this trio and refined through countless rehearsals and gigs, Schott marries deep pockets of groove and joyful swing to wayward harmonies and spontaneous excursions. The Trio's debut album, produced by Hans Wendl, will be released in the fall 2015 on John Zorn's Tzadik label.
OTHER ARTIST NEWS
RAVE REVIEWS FOR NEW ALBUM RELEASES BY DAFNIS PRIETO AND MYRA MELFORD
I'm thrilled to report that last week's release of Triangles and Circles, the 2nd album by the DAFNIS PRIETO SEXTET, prompted glowing reviews from both jazz critics of The New York Times, Ben Ratliff and Nate Chinen, a radio feature on NPR's Fresh Air by Kevin Whitehead, a Down Beat Editors' Pick and 4-star review, and praise in The Irish Times, among others. Selected press quotes here - for full reviews and video clips, click on the links above.
Please check out also two videos filmed during the recording session at Brooklyn's System II Studios last September: 1. EPK, 2. Blah Blah. Featuring Peter Apfelbaum and Felipe Lamoglia on saxophones, Mike Rodriguez on trumpet, Manuel Valera on piano, Johannes Weidenmueller on bass, and the leader on drums, the DAFNIS PRIETO Sextet will be on tour in California in June and celebrate the new record release at New York's Jazz Standard from September 18-20, 2015. The band is available for concerts throughout the 2015-16 season and beyond.
Also met by extraordinary critical praise has been MYRA MELFORD'S recent March release SNOWY EGRET, featuring her stellar quintet of the same name, and produced by yours truly. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal Los Angeles Times, Down Beat (4 stars), and NPR's All Things Considered were unanimously ecstatic. Selected press quotes here - for full reviews and video clips, click on the links above.
SNOWY EGRET, with Melford on piano, Ron Miles on cornet, Liberty Ellman on guitar, Stomu Takeishi on bass guitar, and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, will tour the West Coast and Europe in October/November, with more US dates planned for early 2016, including the band's debut at the Village Vanguard in New York from March 1-6, 2016.
The DAFNIS PRIETO SEXTET and MYRA MELFORD'S SNOWY EGRET are two of the most exciting jazz groups on the scene today. Selected press quotes attached - for full reviews and video clips, click on the links above. Please take a look, listen, and make sure to consider these fine artists for your bookings this or next year. And don't forget to peruse our entire artist roster, including recent additions: Edward Simon's House of Numbers (featuring Afinidad and Imani Winds), Yosvany Terry/Baptiste Trotignon Ancestral Memories, John Schott's Actual Trio, Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom, and The Westerlies.
Cornetist Ron Miles's trio, newly named Circuit Rider, with guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Brian Blade, has so far made two critically acclaimed recordings for Enja/yellowbird, Quiver (2012) and Circuit Rider (2014), both of which I had the pleasure to produce. Due to his bandmates' busy schedules, performances of the trio have been rare and limited to Miles' hometown jazz club, Dazzle in Denver. We're therefore delighted to post this link to excerpts from Circuit Rider's performance at the Montreal International Jazz Festival on June 29, 2015.
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