JWQ Showcase 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CANADA: June 20: French-Japanese quartet Kaze in Montreal

French-Japanese Quartet Kaze brings “musically dynamic and intense” music to Montreal on Tuesday, June 20 
The concert – featuring Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura, Christian Pruvost and Peter Orins –  is part of a 10-day North American tour that includes performances in Hamilton, Chicago, New York City, Berkeley, LA, and Vancouver

“...the rarely heard sound of two trumpets collaborating, interweaving and cross-talking is at the center of the group Kaze, whose penultimate set of the festival was also one of the high points of the overall program.”
– Josef Woodard, DownBeat

“… one of the most musically dynamic and intense "jazz" sets of the yearIf you think you can imagine what piano, drums, and two trumpets will sound like, think again.” — Derk Richardson, KPFA

One of the best gigs I’ve seen this year….” – Steve Dalachinsky, The Brooklyn Rail

The renowned international quartet Kaze bring their “intense and playful” music to La Sala Rossa, 4848 St. Laurent, Montreal on Tuesday, June 20. The concert presented by Suoni per il Popolo begins at 8 p.m. Also performing will be Gordon Grdina’s Haram. Tickets $13-$15. For information visit https://www.lfttckt.com/tickets/lfttkt-casa-1491507730-19918. The performance is part of  Kaze’s 10-day North American tour, which includes performances in Ontario, Chicago, New York City, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Vancouver.

Melodic, abstract, mysterious, beautiful, and confrontational, Kaze plays free jazz at its most creative and powerful. The members of this international quartet – pianist Fujii, trumpeters Natsuki Tamura and Christian Pruvost, and drummer Pete Orins share an insatiable appetite for sonic experimentation, boundless energy and enthusiasm, and the disciplined intelligence of accomplished spontaneous composers.

The group has released three acclaimed recordings - 2011’s Rafale, 2013’s Tornado, and the May 2015 release Uminari which the London Jazz News calls ...bold, uncompromising music."  The band expanded to create Trouble Kaze which adds a second pianist and drummer on their March 2017 debut June. The recording earned 4-stars in All About Jazz which called it “an extraordinary accomplishment.”

Orins and Pruvost are the pillars of Muzzix, a collective based in Lille and comprised of about 30 musicians. Recently, as members of Muzzix, they collaborated with another French collective called Dedalus to record Moondog (aka Louis Hardin): Round the World of Sound (New World Records), a work dedicated to the maverick composer.

Critics and fans alike hail pianist and composer Satoko Fujii as one of the most original voices in jazz today. In concert and on 80 albums as a leader or co-leader, she synthesizes jazz, contemporary classical, avant-rock and Japanese folk music into an innovative music instantly recognizable as hers alone. She has also established herself as one of the world’s leading composers for large jazz ensembles, leading Cadence magazine to call her, “the Ellington of free jazz.” Her ultimate goal: “I would love to make music that no one has heard before.”
Trumpeter Natsuki Tamura is internationally recognized for his ability to blend a unique vocabulary of extended techniques with touching jazz lyricism. Since 2005, Tamura has focused on the intersection of European folk music and sound abstraction with Gato Libre, a group now featuring Tamura, Fujii on accordion and Yasuko Kaneko on trombone. In 2006 he co-founded the collaborative trio Junk Box with Fujii and drummer John  Hollenbeck.

USA: Tribute to Connie Crothers - June 3 - Greenwich House

A celebration of the life and art of Connie Crothers
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Greenwich House Music School
Renee Weiler Concert Hall
46 Barrow Street • New York City
(doors open at 7pm)

this concert is free to the public
appearing on the program:
David Arner (solo piano)

Ursel Schlicht (piano), Andrea Wolper (voice), Ken Filiano (bass)

Mark Gabriele (solo piano)

Tom Thorndike (piano)
with Nick Lyons (alto sax), Joanna Sternberg (bass), Roger Mancuso (drums)

Carol Liebowitz (piano), Bill Payne (clarinet), plus special guests

Aaron Johnson (solo alto saxophone)

Paula Hackett (poetry)

Kazzrie Jaxen & Virg Dzurinko (two pianos)


reception to follow the concert


USA: Billy Childs Rebirth (MACK AVENUE 2017)


On his new album Rebirth, Childs reaches back to the start of his almost astoundingly varied musical experience—leading a small jazz band of state-of-the-art musicians with his piano playing.

At his musical core, Childs is an improvising pianist. He has the ability to equally distill the harmonic and rhythmic languages of classical music and jazz into his playing. The wide-ranging vocabulary on the taut track “Tightrope” begs the question of Childs’ love of classical music; “I’m not just jazz,” he stresses. His insistent pulse and melodically probing introduction to song is a key to the Childs’ musical identity: open to extended harmonic possibilities as they come along, taking a flexible approach to time and leaving an open door for input from his bandmates.

Monday, May 22, 2017

USA: Ravish Momin & Tarana News

Dear Friends of Creative Music:

It's been a while since I've sent out an update. Lots in the works for my band Tarana for the Fall. More immediately, I will be undertaking a solo drums/electronics tour. While I've performed solo in Italy and Lebanon, this will be the first time I'll do so in the US! I will be recording a solo album later this summer as well.  

Tour kicks off in Washington DC at Rhizome, on the 18th, with the mighty Luke Stewart and amazing Thomas Stanley performing later as well. 1st visit to Nashville on the 19th, thanks to FMRL Arts!  The 20th will see two b2b events, a workshop in Chattanooga, TN (Soundcorps) (2:30p) and an evening concert at ATHICA  (8p) in Athens,GA  featuring a duet with the highly original Killick.

On the 21st, I'll be in Columbia, SC (Infinite Room), and on the 22nd, I'll be at the Mothlight in Asheville, NC- been wanting to play here for a while!!  New experimental series on the 23rd brings me to Raleigh (Ruby Deluxe) and I close things out with the lovey Black Iris Gallery, Richmond, VA on the 24th - where the carefully curated past performers list includes Matmos, Julianna Barwick, Marc Ribot and Helado Negro for starters.. 
May US Solo Tour (May 18 - 25)
HOT OFF THE PRESS for this May tour, the Columbia FreeTimes says: "Watching Ravish Momin play is a bewildering experience. Drums are supposed to be a non-melodic instrument, yet as he sits alone onstage playing his kit, you can hear eerie, spectral tunes emanating from somewhere. There are vocal samples and looped beats flying through the air, too, but by now the average music fan knows what a musician can do with effects and pedals to create those elements. This is something different. It’s a percussionist creating his own musical world, triggering electronic effects in a way that works them into his relentlessly propulsiv

FRANCE/USA: Cuong Vu 4-tet Ballet- The Music Of Michael Gibbs (2017)


2017 release. On the heels of his acclaimed 2016 recording, Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny and his 2014 collaboration with electro-acoustic pianist-composer and Director of the School of Music at the University of Washington Richard Karpen on their Ellington-Strayhorn tribute That The Days Go By And Never Come Again, trumpeter-composer Cuong Vu joins forces with guest guitarist Bill Frisell on Ballet, a tribute to renowned composer-arranger Michael Gibbs. With regular Vu 4Tet bassist Luke Bergman and drummer Ted Poor, the four exchange ideas in the moment in a collective fashion on the expansive opening track, "Ballet," which gradually morphs into a kind of quirky, dissonant blues waltz featuring brilliant solos from Vu and Frisell. Regarding this exhilarating Vu 4Tet project, Vu says, "This was a very collective/equal opportunity effort, so we just played and dealt with the cards collectively as they were dealt. I think it just comes down to the collection of players and our individual aesthetics coming together and trying to find a common goal/language." They succeed in triumphant fashion on Ballet, the second collaboration between Cuong Vu and Bill Frisell (their first was Vu's 2005 ArtistShare album Mostly Residual).

USA: Diversions-Passion Found (2017)

Diversions | Passion Found 

Flutes, multiple saxophones, combined with a full percussion section-combining the influences of Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz, the organicism of Sun-Ra and Pharaoh Sanders-Grant Lawrence has created an ensemble that inspires-Diversions, Passion Found. 
Diversions offers us new insights into to traditional jazz realms of yesterday while combining modern production value perspectives on today.

Surrounded by international artists-musicians, Earl Lawrence offers us Diversions, six-piece modern jazz ensemble designed to convey inspiration and serve the international community through public performance, studio creations, and commissioned installations.

Flutes, multiple saxophones, combined with a full percussion section-combining the influences of Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz, the organicism of Sun Ra and Pharaoh Sanders, Earl Lawrence has created an ensemble that inspires-Diversions.

Select Players

Earl Lawrence-Artistic Director
Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, Contrabass Flute, Flute.

Earl Lawrence holds a B.M. Degree in Applied Flute from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and a Masters of Music Degree in Music Composition from the Boston Conservatory of Music.

Earl began his career as a soloist with The Orchestrated Crowd (TOC), appearing with such jazz greats as Quincy Jones and the late Duke Ellington.

Mr. Earl Grant Lawrence is a member of the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra at the New England Conservatory of Music and plays the Contrabass flute, touring France, Ireland, Germany, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Caroline N'Diaye
Tenor Saxophone

Caroline received her education in Music Education at University of Massachusetts.

For the past 25 years, Caroline has performed as a saxophonist in World Music Venues, such as Nigerian Afro-Pop, Cuban Music, Cumbia, Merengue, and Jazz.

Her passion for the drums culminated in a trip to Africa. In 1993, she traveled to Senegal West Africa to study West African drumming and dance.

Wain Jonze

Over the past 30 years Wain and has recorded, traveled and/or performed with the Walter Beasley Band, Freda Battle, Yolanda Adams, Clarence Powell, Backstreet Boys/Krystal Harris, Andre Ward, Eric Roberson, Jaguar Wright, Kindred the Family Soul to name a few.

Wayne sees performing as quite an experience and is grateful that he he is able to do so. "The one thing I have learned in my musical travels (which range from dates around the U.S. to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe) is that it is not about me, but the content relationship between those on stage and relationship between those on stage and in the audience. Without that magical connection there is no point to music. It's a blessing to have the opportunity and an obligation to try to bless with it".

Wain earned a music degree from U. Mass Boston and Masters in Education from Lesley College.

Adonis Martin

Adonis Martin was born and bred in Boston, MA.

He is a pianist that brings with him to the jazz world, an eclectic style that encompasses gospel and R&B/soul with latin influences.

Adonis received a full Scholarship to study music at Berklee College of Music-there he majored in Music Business and Management and Music Education.

Martin Case-Producer
Saxophones, Percussion

Martin Case is a composer, producer, and performing musician. Martin specializes in creating and producing music and media for clients in dance, film and other cultural experiences, both live, online and in the studio. Martin’s client list includes the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Boston Ballet, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Harvard University, MIT, the Mark Morris Dance Group, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

The enduring theme of Martin’s work is to honor the musician’s function to create sacred sonic space for meditation, now/nothought, and sensuous enjoyment.

The nature of this work has taken Martin to the Middle East, West Africa, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Martin graduated from Berklee College of Music, and presently serves a variety of clients in creating music and media experiences.

Flutes, multiple saxophones, combined with a full percussion section-combining the influences of Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz, the organicism of Sun Ra and Pharaoh Sanders, Earl Grant Lawrence has created an ensemble that inspires-Diversions, Passion Found.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

USA: Art Pepper The Art Pepper Quartet (Deluxe Reissue) (2017)

The Art Pepper Quartet

Recorded in late 1956 and released in early 1957, the same year as the landmark Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section, The Art Pepper Quartet (Art Pepper: saxophone, Russ Freeman: piano, Ben Tucker: bass, Gary Frommer: drums) is back for its 60th anniversary. Mastered from the original mono tapes by Grammy®-winning engineer Michael Graves, this CD and Digital edition was overseen by Art’s widow, Laurie Pepper, and Grammy®-winning producer, Cheryl Pawelski. In addition to the album’s 7 classics, this remaster includes 5 bonus tracks—alternate takes of “Pepper Pot” and “Blues At Twilight” (originally issued in 1990 in Japan) and a journey through the creation of “Val’s Pal” (including previously unheard incomplete takes and false starts) via 3 more tracks. New liner notes from Laurie Pepper trace the story of how her (and many folks’) favorite Art Pepper record was not only conceived, but ended up back where it belongs—with Art’s estate, and in the eyes, ears, and hands of jazz lovers everywhere. A gem on all fronts—this is how Jazz (and its history) should be experienced. Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome back The Art Pepper Quartet.