2nd Annual Company of Heaven Jazz Festival Held At Cornelia Street Café 1/8-12

January 8
11:12 AM 2010

2nd Annual Company of Heaven Jazz Festival: Jan. 8-10

Fri Jan 08
8:30PM 2ND ANNUAL COMPANY OF HEAVEN JAZZ FESTIVAL: JAN. 8-10
2nd Annual Company of Heaven Jazz Festival: Jan. 8-10
$10 cover charge for each individual set • $25 cover charge for the entire night (3 sets)
APAP Conference attendees w/official badges: free admission for entire Jazz Festival.
$7 food/drink minimum per set

8:30PM Reut Regev's "R*Time" w/special guest Judith Insell (viola)
Reut Regev, trombone; David Phelps, electric guitar; Sean Conly, bass; Igal Foni, drums

Reut Regev, born and raised in Israel, has been living in New York City area since 1998. A master of the Trombone and the Flugabone, Ms. Regev showcases her in versatility in many style: Jazz, Salsa, Rock, Funk, Brazilian, Blues, Classical, Contemporary, Jewish and Caribbean music. She has collaborated with many outstanding jazz artists: Butch Morris, Anthony Braxton, Groove Collective, Frank London, Eddie Bobé, Eric Revis, Billy Bang, Michael Attias, Ras Moshe, Reggie Nicholson, just to name a few.

"The joyful, undogmatic Freefunk thunderstorm of Israeli born and New York based trombonist Reut Regev was one of the pleasant surprises of the JazzFest Berlin 2009"
-Rainer Balcerowiak, Junge Welt Berlin, Nov 10th, 2009

TRoy Collins (All About Jazz) proclaims that R*Time is "Seasoned interplay, that is laser-tight!"
More info: www.reutregev.com

Judith Insell, a New York native, is a versatile viola player who is at ease in a large rage of styles: Jazz, Classical, Avant Garde, R&B, Hip Hop, Pop & Rock. As an active member of the New York jazz scene since the mid nineties, she has recorded & performed with Lee Konitz, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Antonio Hart, Miguel Zenon, Elliott Sharp & Sojourner. Her "pop" music career includes performances with: Beyonce Knowles, India.Arie, Jessica Simpson, "Joe," and the legendary John Cale. &n bsp; Her debut CD, "Dark Wood Explorations," a duo project with acclaimed jazz bassist Joe Fonda, has received international recognition & high praise:

"Insell can swing in an almost Stuff Smith way"- Elliott Simon, All About Jazz-NY

"The dominating dark string instruments of the New York duo of Judith Insell and Joe Fonda focuses more on the hidden subtleties of jazz and improvisation."
-Ottmar Klammer (Stockwerk Jazz-Graz,Austria)
More info: www.judithinsell.com

9:45PM Ohad Talmor's "The Other Quartet"
Ohad Talmor, tenor saxophone, clarinet; Russ Johnson, trumpet; Pete McCann, guitar; Mark Ferbe, drums, percussion

Ohad Talmor was born in 1970, in Lyon, France of Israeli parents. He grew up in Geneva Switzerland, in a house with classical music on at all times. At age five, he started studying piano at the Geneva conservatory._Upon moving to Florida in 1987 as an exchange student , Ohad took up the saxophone after falling in love with the little jazz he had heard before leaving Switzerland. Following his return to Europe, he moved along a musical path which led him first to study musicology at the University in parallel to gigging around town. Eventually, performing took over studying as Ohad immersed himself into the European jazz scene. Parallel to his activities as a performer on the saxophones/clarinet, Ohad took on a growing passion for composing and arranging which eventually led him in 1995 to the Manhattan School of Music on a full scholarship. He received his Diploma in Composition in 1997 (now deeply buried in his basement) and since then is continuing to live in Brooklyn, NY, performing, composing, arranging - and sometimes acting - in a wealth of different projects.

"Equal parts complex polyphony, gentle atmospherics, quirky funk and rearranged classical pieces..."
- JazzTimes

"The mood is serious, the pieces are challenging, and the musicianship is strong..." - Down Beat Magazine
More info: www.ohadtalmor.com

11PM Mario Pavone's "Totem"
Mario Pavone, bass; Peter Madsen, piano; Dave Ballou, trumpet, flugelhorn; Gerald Cleaver , drums

Bassist/composer Mario Pavone has collaborated with both legendary innovators and today's most respected young musicians to consistently define the cutting edge of jazz for the past 40 years. He has anchored the trios of Paul Bley (1968-72), Bill Dixon (1980's), and the late Thomas Chapin (1990-97), and co-led a variety of notable ensembles with Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Marty Ehrlich, and Michael Musillami. His list of sidemen past and present includes Steven Bernstein, Gerald Cleaver, Dave Douglas, Peter Madsen, Tony Malaby, Joshua Redman, George Schuller, Michael Sarin, Craig Taborn, and Matt Wilson among many others. And, unlike most artists whose careers span five decades, his most recent recordings are his most widely acclaimed, appearing on best-of-the-year lists from Slate.com, AllAboutJazz.com, AllAboutJazz-New York, Coda, the Village Voice, and the New York Times among others.
In addition to his ongoing activities as a bandleader, Pavone's artwork and photography have graced the covers of dozens of recordings since the mid 90's, and he currently serves as an educator, administrator and board member for the Litchfield Jazz Festival and Litchfield Summer Jazz Camp in Litchfield, Connecticut.
More info: www.mariopavone.com

Company of Heaven NYC: Company of Heaven was founded by Andreas Scherrer in 2000 in Linz, Austria, upon signing it's first artist, Amina Claudine Myers(piano/vocals). Since its' modest beginnings, Company of Heaven has gone on to represent some of the finest established names in jazz: NEA 2009 Jazz Master, Lee Konitz (alto saxophone),the late jazz drummer Rashied Ali, & avant garde genius Charles Gayle(saxophones/piano), just to name a few. Company of Heaven is also proud to present the best of the "new breed" of jazz musicians on the scene: Taylor Ho Bynum(trumpet), Dana Leong (cello/trombone), Mary Halvorson(guitar), Dan Tepfer(piano), with an ever growing list of talent signing on continually.
www.companyofheaven.com

Sat Jan 09
9:00PM 2ND ANNUAL COMPANY OF HEAVEN JAZZ FESTIVAL: JAN. 8-10
2nd Annual Company of Heaven Jazz Festival: Jan. 8-10
$10 cover charge for each individual set • $25 cover charge for the entire night (3 sets)
APAP Conference attendees w/official badges: free admission for entire Jazz Festival.
$7 food/drink minimum per set
8:30PM "The Thirteenth Assembly"
Taylor Ho Bynum, cornet; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Jessica Pavone, viola; Tomas Fujiwara, drums

The Thirteenth Assembly began as a touring collective made up of four musicians and several musically distinct small ensembles: Tomas and Taylor's duo; Mary and Jessica's duo; Taylor's trio with Mary and Tomas; and the collaborative quartet featured on this recording. The group is a microcosm of an exciting community of young New York musicians that is beginning to receive international attention, a new generation of artists comfortable referencing AACM and Morton Feldman, Otis Redding and the Melvins, yet dedicated to finding their own individual and collective voices. While each musician in the Thirteenth Assembly brings a highly varied and diverse set of influences and aesthetics to the table, the shared experiences and long friendships help create a powerfully unified ensemble sound. From the soul-inflected lyricism of Pavone's Hate Fields to the driving jazz energy of Fujiwara's Chantal to the distorted power chords of Halvorson's Pinched, (un)sentimental traverses many stylistic paths, but the album as a whole captures a snapshot of contemporary music at its most exciting.

"Each of these musicians is a masterly soloist, and they all are creating music that is delicate, complex and eclectic."
- Martin Johnson, The Wall Street Journal

"Over the course of nine tunes they take on swinging jazz, atomized improvisation, bracing chamber music and stomping rock."
- Bill Meyer, Dusted Magazine.com
More info: http://www.taylorhobynum.com/13.html

9:45PM Tony Malaby's "Paloma Recio"
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone; Ben Monder, guitar; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Nasheet Waits, drums

Originally from Tucson, Arizona , has been permanently based in New York since 1995 and has been a member of many notable jazz groups including Charlie Haden's Liberation Orchestra, Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Mark Helias' Open Loose, Fred Hersch's quintet and Walt Whitman project, Michell Portal's Birdwatcher, various projects with Daniel Humair and bands led by Mario Pavone, Tim Berne, Chris Lightcap, Kris Davis, Angelica Sanchez, Michael Attias and Marty Ehrlich.
His debut CD "Sabino"(Arabesque) made the NY Times and Philadelphia City Paper's top ten jazz lists for 2000. Malaby's new release, "Tamarindo" with bassist William Parker and Nasheet Waits on drums, is available on the Clean Feed label. Other releases include: "Adobe" available on Sunnyside in the US, featuring Drew Gress and Paul Motian; "Apparitions" on the Songlines label featuring Tom Rainey, Mike Sarin, and Drew Gress; and "Alive in Brooklyn Vol. 1 and 2" featuring Angelica Sanchez and Tom Rainey.

Besides "PALOMA RECIO"(Loud Dove) with Ben Monder, Eivind Opsvik and Nashhet Waits, Tony leads several projects: APPARITIONS featuring: Drew Gress, Tom Rainey and Mike Sarin. "The Tony Malaby CelloTrio," featuring Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and percussionist John Hollenbeck, along with his trio, "TAMARINDO," features bassist William Parker and Nasheet Waits on drums. Tony also co-leads the Malaby Sanchez Rainey Trio.

"Paloma Recio-or "Loud Dove"-has recorded an instant masterpiece of modern music on this self-titled disc." - Mark Corroto, All About Jazz.com

"Malaby's latest solo jaunt is a marvel of contrasts and tension/release frameworks, where firepower, flexibility and nuance spark a symmetrical and thoroughly hip paradigm."
-Glenn Astarita, ejazznews.com
More info: www.tonymalaby.com

11PM Mark Helias' "Open Loose"
Mark Helias, bass; Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone; Tom Rainey, drums

Bassist/composer Mark Helias is seen regularly at venues in New York City ranging from The 55 Bar to Carnegie Hall. After his studies with Homer Mensch at Rutgers University and Yale School of Music, he embarked on an international performance career with the Anthony Braxton quartet in 1977. Since then he has enjoyed long musical associations with Edward Blackwell, Anthony Davis, Dewey Redman, Ray Anderson, Don Cherry and Gerry Hemingway.
Eleven albums of his music have been released since 1984, including Split Image, The Current Set (1987), Desert Blue (1989), Attack The Future (1992), Loopin' the Cool (1995), Fictionary (1998), Come Ahead Back (1998) New School (2001). Verbs of Will (2004), Atomic Clock (2006) and Strange Unison (2009). His trio, "Open Loose" with Tony Malaby and Tom Rainey, has become an archetypal improvising ensemble on the New York scene. He continues performing and recording with BassDrumBone, a three decade long collaboration with Gerry Hemingway and Ray Anderson. Mr. Helias performs solo bass concerts and can also be heard in the innovative bass duo, "The Marks Brothers" , with fellow bassist Mark Dresser. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, The New School and SIM (School for Improvised Music) and is committed to broadening the scope of musical education.

"Mark Helias--his big steady bass and organic, his compositions ever-changing--continues to set the standard for making music that bears shape and direction but also celebrates the freedom to improvise openly and... er... loosely. For ten years he and his powerful trio have refined and broadened the scope of this music so by now The Players share an ethos that allows them to explore what making music in a group means. It's three individuals bonded by the passion of collaboration."
- Donald Elfman-All About Jazz

"Not for the faint of heart, this album boasts an aura that sort of encapsulates the art of purposeful improv, which most assuredly emanates from the heart and soul. Musically electrifying and highly entertaining..."
- Glenn Astarita-ejazznews
More info: www.markhelias.com

Company of Heaven NYC: Company of Heaven was founded by Andreas Scherrer in 2000 in Linz, Austria, upon signing it's first artist, Amina Claudine Myers(piano/vocals). Since its' modest beginnings, Company of Heaven has gone on to represent some of the finest established names in jazz: NEA 2009 Jazz Master, Lee Konitz (alto saxophone),the late jazz drummer Rashied Ali, & avant garde genius Charles Gayle(saxophones/piano), just to name a few. Company of Heaven is also proud to present the best of the "new breed" of jazz musicians on the scene: Taylor Ho Bynum(trumpet), Dana Leong (cello/trombone), Mary Halvorson(guitar), Dan Tepfer(piano), with an ever growing list of talent signing on continually.
www.companyofheaven.com

Sun Jan 10
8:30PM 2ND ANNUAL COMPANY OF HEAVEN JAZZ FESTIVAL: JAN. 8-10
2nd Annual Company of Heaven Jazz Festival: Jan. 8-10
$10 cover charge for each individual set • $25 cover charge for the entire night (3 sets)
APAP Conference attendees w/official badges: free admission for entire Jazz Festival.
$7 food/drink minimum per set

8:30PM Michael Musillami Trio + 3
Michael Musillami , guitar; Joe Fonda, bass; George Schuller, drums; Marty Ehlich, alto saxophone; Matt Moran, vibraphone; Ralph Alessi, trumpet

In a career that spans more than 25 years, Michael Musillami has worked extensively as a performer, bandleader/composer and educator.
Critics have called him "a superior guitarist" (John McDonough, DownBeat), "an adroit and creative musician" (Michael J. West, JazzTimes), "a fine composer of notable original music" (Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide) and "a modern-day jazz master" (Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal).
"His compositions develop in leisurely style from quiet simplicity to intricate complexity," explained Jack Massarik in Jazzwise, "and the ensemble playing is civilized, sophisticated and clean." The Boston Phoenix's Jon Garelick adds, "Musillami sounds familiar - this is swinging jazz guitar, after all - but not quite like anyone else." In addition to paying his dues as a sideman performing with musicians such as Junior Cook, Dewey Redman, and Curtis Fuller, he became a part of the circle of musicians connected to the Hillside Club in Waterbury, Connecticut, including frequent future collaborators Thomas Chapin and Mario Pavone. He has since led and co-led a variety of ensembles, releasing 15 CDs as a leader and touring in the United States, Canada and Western Europe. Along with his longstanding flagship trio with bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller, he has earned critical notice as the leader of groups ranging from duo to octet featuring such prominent collaborators as Cameron Brown, Thomas Chapin, Drew Gress, Mario Pavone, Michael Sarin and Matt Wilson. ,br>In 1999, Musillami founded the Playscape Recordings label to give himself more control over his recording career, and to provide other musicians with a supportive environment for creative music. Built around a cadre of frequent collaborators, the label has garnered extensive critical praise and a catalog of more than 40 diverse releases. "Like Blue Note or CTI in their prime," writes Signal to Noise reviewer John Chacona, "Michael Musillami's Playscape label has a Signature Sound." In addition to his work as a performer, and overseeing the daily operations of Playscape Recordings, Musillami is also the longtime Director of Jazz Studies at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT.
More info: www.michaelmusillami.com

9:45PM George Schuller's "Circle Wide"
George Schuller, drums, compositions & arrangements; Peter Apfelbaum, tenor saxophone; Dave Ambrosio, bass; Tom Beckham, vibraphone;Brad Shepik , guitar

George Schuller is the youngest out of a family of musicians from the Boston area which is well renowned for their contribution to the world of modern music (father Gunther and brother Ed). As a drummer, George has not only developed his craft as a versatile performer - currently playing with the likes of Lee Konitz, Herb Robertson, Matt Darriau, Mario Pavone, Michael Musillami, Roy Nathanson's Alphabet Lounge Band, Lisa Thorson, and Free Range Rat - but has also continued to sharpen his skills as a gifted composer and arranger. In addition, he leads several bands in the New York area including the Schulldogs (an elastic, free-blowing, compositionally-based quartet) , Circle Wide (a quintet with free-bop leanings, formerly known as Chump Change) ,Jigsaw (an ensemble devoted to special projects involving strings and horns), and the innovative big band - Orange Then Blue. Why not let him take us musically into the future?

George Schuller who has been a resident of Brooklyn/New York City for many years can be heard regularly as a leader or as a sideman at some of the most fascinating clubs of contemporary music in the Big Apple. He has performed and/or recorded with such greats as Joe Lovano, Jaki Byard, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lee Konitz, Dave Douglas, Ran Blake, Mose Allison, Luciana Souza, Mark Helias, George Garzone, Gene Bertoncini, and of course with his family. The Schulldogs had a successful european tour throug Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Finland in early june 2002 with Tim Berne, Tony Malaby, John Hebert on board. The tours in 2003 have featured Herb Robertson (replacing Berne) on trumpet and Rich Perry on tenor saxophone. The Schulldogs also played at the Seixal Jazz Festival in Portugal in October 2003.

"With plenty of outstanding solos, it's the interaction of the group-and it's ability to approach this unequivocally lyrical material with the relentless pursuit of free expression-that makes Like Before, Somewhat After stand out as both a fine tribute and an album that stands on its own very fine merits."
- John Kelman-All About Jazz
More info: www.georgeschuller.net

11PM Matt Darriau's "Ballin' the Jack"
Matt Darriau, alto & sopranos saxophones, clarinet; Andy Laster , baritone saxophone, clarinet; Frank London, trumpet; Curtis Hasselbring, trombone; George Schuller, drums; Joe Fitzgerald, bass; Anthony Coleman, piano

BALLIN' THE JACK The new project of veteran New York eclectic reedman, Matt Darriau, creates new interpretations of music from the early swing era. The four horn (seven-piece) Ballin' The Jack, plays music of the ‘20's & ‘30's with an emphasis on Ellington, Basie, John Kirby and some of the jazz roots of R&B. While The Players pay detailed attention to the original orchestrations and intent, these unique periods in jazz provide a creative platform for the band's spontaneous interpretations and interactions, allowing them to explore ways in which early swing, with its often through composed and unusual forms, can inspire contemporary "open" musicians - especially early Ellington, who was working before standard conventions in jazz were established. This crew of established "downtown" players stay inside the lines drawn by their earlier counterparts, but don't always color with the same crayons. The result is a far more lively and relevant aesthetic than your average repertory orchestra. Conceived for the Tap Bar at New York's Knitting Factory, where it developed its unique esthetic during 1998 -99', Ballin' The Jack now has two CD's out on the Knitting Factory Label. The first, Jungle (1999), explores mostly Ellington with some Basie and John Kirby. The term "Jungle Sound " with its growling brass and heavy percussion grooves, was used to describe Ellington's music from his Cotton Club orchestra. This CD features Ellington alumnus, trombonist Art Baron, a master of mutes and growl techniques. Ballin' The Jack's new CD The big Head, is a year-end best on Gary Giddins' 2001 Village Voice picks list. On 16 tracks the band further refines its unique approach, placing more emphasis on original material and discovering new areas to expand improvisationally on five Ellington and other early swing tracks. Ballin' The Jack has toured numerous times in Europe including the North Sea Jazz Festival, 2002 Newport Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Fest.

"Of the many centennial tributes to Duke, this could be the most entertaining and forward thinking. Certainly it's the zaniest and very in your face... Ballin' The Jack revives [these tunes] in an ultra-modern way that makes them seem like they were just written.... A strong candidate for Jazz CD of the Year"
- Michael G. Nastos, All-Music Guide

"Just what we dreamed of seeing more often in the summer's Ellington commemorations: faithfulness to the original arrangements while renewing them, as the Duke practiced throughout his life. "
-Alex Dutilh, Jazzman (France)
More info: www.myspace.com/mattdarriau
www.myspace.com/ballinthematt

Company of Heaven NYC: Company of Heaven was founded by Andreas Scherrer in 2000 in Linz, Austria, upon signing it's first artist, Amina Claudine Myers(piano/vocals). Since its' modest beginnings, Company of Heaven has gone on to represent some of the finest established names in jazz: NEA 2009 Jazz Master, Lee Konitz (alto saxophone),the late jazz drummer Rashied Ali, & avant garde genius Charles Gayle(saxophones/piano), just to name a few. Company of Heaven is also proud to present the best of the "new breed" of jazz musicians on the scene: Taylor Ho Bynum(trumpet), Dana Leong (cello/trombone), Mary Halvorson(guitar), Dan Tepfer(piano), with an ever growing list of talent signing on continually.
www.companyofheaven.com

 

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