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The 42nd Street Jazz Festival Set for Theater Row, 12/16-23

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NYU Steinhardt Music and Performing Arts Professions, New York Foundation for the Arts, Yamaha Pianos, RS Berkeley Horns, presents the 42nd Street Jazz Festival, from December 16-23, 2013 at Theater Row, 410 W. 42nd Street, NYC. Performances: Monday- Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 5pm. Tickets are $21.25 and are available at

The 42nd Street Jazz Festival features a wide variety of jazz artists from New York City and around the world, with a diversity of styles from Senegal to Prague, and Buenos Aires to Brooklyn.

The festival programs are:

Monday, December 16 at 8pm: Gabriella Anders

Gabriela Anders, voice

Jim Ridl, piano

Leo Traversa,bass

Cliff Almond, drums

Special guest,Wayne Krantz, guitar

Tuesday, December 17 at 8pm: Rudy Linka Trio

Rudy Linka, guitar

Dan Fabricatore, bass

Norman Edwards, drums

Wednesday December 18 at 8pm: Leni Stern African Trio

Leni Stern, guitar, voice

Mamadou Ba, bass

Alioune Faye, pecussion

Special guest, Leo Genovese, piano

Thursday, December 19 at 8pm: Krantz Carlock Lefebvre

Wayne Krantz, guitar

Tim Lefabvre, bass

Keith Carlock, drums

Friday, December 20 at 8pm: Tony Moreno Quintet

Ron Horton, trumpet

Marc Mommaas, saxophone

Jean-Michel Pilc, piano

Ugonna Okegwo, bass

Tony Moreno, drums

Saturday, December 21 at 8pm: Combo Nuvo

Dave Schroeder, harmonica, woodwinds

Billy Drewes, woodwinds

Brad Shepik, guitar

Rich Shemaria, piano

Mike Richmond, cello

Tim Keiper, percussion

Sunday, December 22 at 5pm: Alex Brown Trio

Alex Brown, piano

Zach Brown, bass

Eric Doob, drums

Monday, December 23 at 8pm: Jeff Franzel- Mood of the Moment

Jeff Franzel, solo piano

On Friday, December 20, 2013, at 1pm--5pm, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) will present an afternoon of workshops entitled "Sustaining Your Musical Career: Opportunities and New Directions." Partnering with NYU Jazz Studies and Theatre Row, NYFA will present panels on resources for the music community, as well as fundraising techniques, discussions on artist sustainability, and examples and explorations of international collaborations. Tickets are $20 for the general public, and $15 for NYFA-affiliated artists. For more information, write to

Gabriela Anders was born to music amidst the grace, paradox and tradition of Argentina. Her father is a noted jazz saxophonist, his father, a classical violinist and her grandmother on her mother's side, a piano teacher. Gabriela studied classical guitar privately, and music and piano at a Conservatory in Buenos Aires." Growing up, there was a lot of Brazilian music, and I was totally fascinated with it because it's so harmonically rich and melodically interesting. Growing as a musician is absolutely the most important thing to me." Adding to the musical medley was her father's influence, which became even stronger than her classical studies. After finishing high school, Gabriela decided that, rather than continuing her classical studies in Buenos Aires, she would move to New York. There she studied orchestration for brass and strings in a class conducted by Don Sebesky and later on, Composition at Hunter College. Gabriela slowly started to write her own material. After a while her studio and club work took off and in 1999, it leads to a record deal with major label: Warner Brother's Jazz. Gabriela Anders' debut album (1999) "Wanting" is brimming with vocal subtlety; although smooth, it is anything but simple.

For the past 20 years, the New York-based guitarist (and founder of the Bohemia Jazz Festival in his native Czech Republic) Rudy Linka has consistently put out high-quality, swinging small group recordings, beginning with his 1992 debut, News From Home. An accomplished six-stringer with a warm, inviting tone, Linka reveals touches of Jim Hall, John Abercrombie, John Scofield and Bill Frisell in his playing. Accompanied by the hand-in-glove rhythm tandem of bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Kenny Wollesen (a frequent collaborator on Linka's past recordings) and augmented on a few tracks by the presence of mercurial pianist Jonathan Batiste, Linka cuts a wide stylistic swath on RE: Connect. The slow-chugging, tuneful opener "Simply Put" has the guitarist conjuring up Frisell in heartlandish mode before dipping into his Scofield bag on the evocative ballad "It's Just That Easy," which features some glistening piano accompaniment and unpredictable soloing from Batiste. The pianoless trio turns in a clever reggaefied rendition of "All The Things You Are" and a highly conversational take on John Abercrombie's elegant swinger, "So Weary," which is underscored by Wollesen's brisk brushwork and also features a brilliant bass solo from Grenadier. Batiste returns for "Club On The Corner," imbuing that funky tune with his irrepressible New Orleans spirit. The pianist also contributes to the moody, slow- grooving "I Hear You" and a beautiful inter- pretation of the traditional Czech folk tune "By Our Farm." Elsewhere, the trio engages in more heartlandish fare on "How Spiritual Are You?" which is paced by the kind of stark, minimalist beat that Wollesen has practically patented, then they commune on Monk's "Bye-Ya" with the kind of conversational playfulness that can only come from true kindred spirits. Two songs, Linka's elegiac "Song For Joni" and a gentle rendition of the poignant "River," pay tribute to Joni Mitchell. -Bill Milkowski

Born in Munich, Germany, Leni Stern started playing piano at the age of six and guitar at eleven. At seventeen, she formed her own Acting Company, and her radical productions sold out houses across Europe. In 1977, she turned her attention to music and left for the United States to study film scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Scoring gave way to her love for guitar and in 1981, Leni moved to New York to play in a variety of rock and jazz bands. In 1983, she formed a group of her own with Paul Motion on drums and Bill Frisell on guitar. As a recording artist, she originally made a name for herself in jazz circles (her first nine albums were instrumental,) then crossed her talents over into the singer-songwriter realm, garnering consistent praise in the process. Critics have said her music incorporates "intelligent lyrics and beautifully drawn vignettes" (Washington Post), "crystalline, jazz-meets-blues guitar lines" (Guitar Player), and "thoughtful structure, evocative moods, attention to groove" (San Francisco Bay Guardian). A "Fleet and Lyrical guitarist", (The New Yorker). "A Gifted Singer-Songwriter with a Wide-Ranging Sensibility and Sophisticated Guitar and Harmonic Chops" (The Boston Globe). Leni runs her own label, LSR/RED.

From 1997-2003, Krantz Carlock Lefebvre, a/k/a/ KCL, a/k/a K3, a/k/a Wayne Krantz Trio, was an explosively creative, mind-bending underground sensation in downtown New York City and the UK. Massively influential on many subsequent bands working the fields of funk, electronica, rock and rhythmic mayhem on the international creative music scene, Krantz Carlock Lefebvre appearances became extremely limited due to the rigorous touring schedules of its individual components - Wayne Krantz, Keith Carlock and Tim Lefebvre. Despite the rarity of shows, the one-of-a-kind band's DNA remains intact and as inspirational as ever.

Native New Yorker, Tony Moreno began studying piano at age three, switching to drums at age 10 and began studies with Stan Koo at age 10. Tony's mother took him to the neighborhood club to hear Elvin Jones, from whom he purchased his first drum set a week later. Tony continued studying with both Stan and Elvin until the age of 18. His first gig was at age 12 with Anthony Coleman, David Krakauer and John Shea at The West End. Through Elvin, Tony met and became friends with many great musicians who lived in the neighborhood. Jimmy Garrison, Joe Farell, MiLes Davis, Duke and Ruth Ellington. Hanging out to hear music with Charles Mingus, Pepper Adams,Wilber Little. Tony also attended Jazz Interactions in NYC, where he studied with Al Kuumba Heath, Art Blakey and Freddie Waits. Tony also met Bob Moses, who as a drummer and composer encouraged the idea of writing and performing original music. After attending music school, he freelanced in NY and began working in Europe, where he toured and recorded extensively. Tony has appeared on over 100 recordings, DVD's, and televised concert broadcasts. He has also composed chamber music, documentaries, independent film and cartoons. Tony Endorses Paiste Cymbals and plays Sonor drums.

Combo Nuvo, is a unique improvisational ensemble featuring some of New York City's leading jazz artists. The group combines influences ranging from jazz and classical to blues and world music. Individually, these artists have performed with such music legends as MiLes Davis, Ravi Shankar, Yo Yo Ma, Natalie Cole, Oscar Castro Neves, Randy Brecker, Horace Silver, Pat Metheny, to name a few. Combo Nuvo is as comfortable performing at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City as it is collaborated with symphony orchestras around the world including the Costa Rica National Symphony, The United Arab Emirates Philharmonic, and i Solisti dell Orchesta del Teatro Verdi, in Florence, Italy. The group is comprised from artist/faculty members from New York University's Steinhardt Jazz Studies Program. Combo Nuvo is endorsed by RS Berkeley Horns.

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