On Friday, April 3rd, Firehouse 12 will present the collective trio of saxophonist Pete Robbins, bassist Mario Pavone and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Brought together by Robbins, a former labelmate of Pavone’s and frequent collaborator of Sorey’s in the band sILENT Z, the year-old intergenerational group, and its completely improvised music, is a rare departure from its well-known members’ other current projects. This two-set performance is a warm-up for the band’s debut recording session the following day.
Critics credit Robbins with “coolness as well as confidence” (Nate Chinen, New York Times), “vision in his writing and improvising” (Jason Bivins, Cadence) and “a keen imagination and a rousing command of his horn” (David Adler, AllAboutJazz-New York). Based in Brooklyn since 2002, following studies at both New England Conservatory and Tufts University in Boston, he leads the groups Centric and sILENT Z. His most recent release is 2008’s Do The Hate Laugh Shimmy (Fresh Sound New Talent).
Pavone, an active jazz performer since the late 1960’s, has enjoyed a highly acclaimed career as a bandleader following long-term collaborations with legendary figures such as Thomas Chapin, Anthony Braxton and Bill Dixon. As busy as ever at nearly 70 years old, he released two notable records on the Playscape Recordings label in 2008: Trio Arc, featuring Paul Bley and Matt Wilson, and Ancestors, featuring his all-star Double Tenor Quintet with saxophonists Tony Malaby and Jimmy Greene.
Thanks to his enigmatic work as a leader, and membership in such high profile ensembles as Steve Coleman & Five Elements, Dave Douglas’ NOMAD and Fieldwork, Sorey is widely regarded as one of the busiest and most versatile young musicians in New York today. His innovative 2007 debut, That/Not (Firehouse 12 Records), was named to best-of-the-year lists in a variety of publications, including AllAboutJazz.com, the Hartford Courant, Paste, The New Republic, Time Out New York and the Village Voice.
2009 Spring Jazz Series schedule:
03/20: Julian Lage Group
03/27: Jimmy Greene Quartet
04/03: Pete Robbins/Mario Pavone/Tyshawn Sorey
04/10: George Colligan Trio
04/17: Wadada Leo Smith’s Organic Resonance
04/24: Noah Preminger Quartet
05/01: Michaël Attias Quintet
05/08: Peter Brötzmann/Nasheet Waits
05/15: James Carney Group
05/22: Michael Musillami Trio + 3
05/29: Ben Allison & Man Size Safe
06/05: Carl Maguire’s Floriculture
06/12: Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher
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