Jimmy Giuffre Tribute Tonight At Firehouse 12

October 23, 2009
Photo by Dick Katz

Photo by Dick Katz

Tonight at 8:30 and 10:00 p.m., drummer George Schuller and guitarist Joel Harrison will pay tribute to legendary clarinetist/composer Jimmy Giuffre (1921-2008) with their new sextet, Whirrr! The Music of Jimmy Giuffre, as part of Firehouse 12’s ongoing Fall Jazz Series.

This two-set performance, also featuring multi-instrumentalists Ohad Talmor and Billy Drewes, bassist Cameron Brown (a former Giuffre sideman) and trombonist/accordionist Jacob Garchik, will focus on flexible new arrangements of the innovative trio music Giuffre recorded between the mid-1950’s and mid-1970’s.

These rarely heard gems, some of which have not been performed in more than 40 years, include such Giuffre originals as “Whirrr”, “Phoenix” and “Scootin’ About”, as well as Carla Bley’s “Jesus Maria”.

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Firehouse 12 To Present Whirrr! The Music Of Jimmy Giuffre October 23rd

September 23, 2009
Photo by Dick Katz

Photo by Dick Katz

On Friday, October 23rd, drummer George Schuller and guitarist Joel Harrison will pay tribute to legendary clarinetist/composer Jimmy Giuffre (1921-2008) with their new sextet, Whirrr! The Music of Jimmy Giuffre, as part of Firehouse 12‘s ongoing Fall Jazz Series. This two-set performance, also featuring multi-reedists Ohad Talmor and Billy Drewes, bassist Cameron Brown (a former Giuffre sideman) and trombonist/accordionist Jacob Garchik, will focus on flexible new arrangements of the innovative trio music Giuffre recorded between the mid-1950’s and mid-1970’s. These rarely heard gems, some of which have not been performed in more than 40 years, include such Giuffre originals as “Whirrr”, “Phoenix” and “Scootin’ About”, as well as Carla Bley’s “Jesus Maria”.

Schuller and Harrison founded the group shortly after Giuffre’s death in late 2008. Each is a longtime fan—Schuller performed with him while studying at New England Conservatory in the early 1980’s and Harrison had an earlier tribute band in the 1990’s. Most recently, Schuller served as co-producer of the documentary film Music Inn, which recounts the days of the historic Lenox School of Jazz, an influential time in jazz history where Giuffre, among many other legendary figures, taught jazz in an organized setting and first heard a young Ornette Coleman. Along with Talmor, who was invited into the ensemble for both his musical and arranging skills, these veteran musicians create fresh new arrangements of music from the classic Giuffre canon that feature the sextet both in its entirety and divided into smaller units.

Best known early on for penning the 1947 Woody Herman hit “Four Brothers”, and a noteworthy performance of his most popular composition, “The Train and the River”, in the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival documentary, Jazz on a Summer’s Day, Giuffre would continue to evolve throughout his long career, influencing generations of jazz musicians as a composer, multi-instrumentalist and educator. His work with such prominent collaborators as Paul Bley, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim Hall and Steve Swallow was ahead of its time, defining the term chamber jazz and offering musicians new directions they are still exploring today. “Giuffre could sound almost artlessly simple at times,” wrote John Fordham in his obituary for The Guardian, “but this represented a paring down of jazzmaking to its essentials. He was the most reticent of jazz radicals, but his modesty disguised a visionary innovator.” Learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Giuffre

2009 Fall Jazz Series Schedule:

09/18 :: Brandon Ross & Blazing Beauty
09/25 :: Matt Wilson Quartet
10/02 :: Mauger: Rudresh Mahanthappa/Mark Dresser/Gerry Hemingway
10/09 :: Steve Lehman Trio
10/16 :: Gretchen Parlato Band
10/23 :: Whirrr! The Music of Jimmy Giuffre
10/30 :: Taylor Eigsti Trio
11/06 :: ODE: Larry Ochs/Trevor Dunn/Lisle Ellis/Michael Sarin
11/13 :: The Peter Evans Quartet
11/20 :: Darius Jones Trio
12/04 :: Mary Halvorson Quintet
12/11 :: Amy Cervini Quartet
12/18 :: Daniel Levin Trio

Tickets and more information available at:
http://firehouse12.com/performance_space_calendar.asp


James Falzone’s KLANG At The Hideout Tomorrow Night

September 22, 2009

On Wednesday, September 23rd, clarinetist/composer James Falzone‘s three year-old working quartet KLANG will celebrate the release of its debut studio recording, Tea Music (Allos Documents), with a hometown performance at The Hideout in Chicago.

The band, which delivered a “particularly moving” (Aaron Cohen, DownBeat.com) tribute to Benny Goodman at the Chicago Jazz Festival earlier this month, features vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy.

Together they pick up the Swing Era thread of pairing clarinet and vibes, while also exploring a collective interest in the innovative sounds of Jimmy Giuffre’s early small groups of the mid-1950’s.

“The music, written by different players, is sly and smart, centered on composition and cleverly precise,” writes AllAboutJazz.com’s Mark Corroto. “Their collective approach to improvisation is passionate and sharp; Falzone’s orderly clarinet and Adasiewicz’s crisp vibraphone travel to another plane. It’s an extraordinary recording from an outstanding quartet.”

Critics have also called Tea Music “thoughtful and stylish music” (Ben Ratliff, New York Times) and “possibly the best jazz CD I’ve heard this year” (François Couture, Monsieur Delire), noting the “bold playing, smart compositions and empathetic group interactions” (Glen Hall, Exclaim.ca).

Dusted‘s Marc Medwin adds, “The players’ performances blend to give the band a unique voice, one rooted in swing and cool but cognizant of all events transpiring since.”

Learn more at http://allosmusica.org


NY Times: KLANG’s Tea Music

August 30, 2009

The Chicago-based quartet KLANG, led by clarinetist/composer James Falzone, continues to collect accolades for its studio debut, Tea Music (Allos Documents), released earlier this week.

In today’s New York Times, Ben Ratliff writes, “the band plays music that’s controlled on the surface and wriggling inside: tight, cruising arrangements of thoughtful and stylish music, with vibraphone shimmers and Mr. Falzone’s handsome tone over bass and drums that rumble freely, without fixed rhythm, but that never make a big deal out of it. (Once in a while, in an allotted area, Mr. Falzone really stretches out, playing hard, gestural solos, getting almost wild in small spaces.)”

He adds, “The band is having everything at once, of course: structure and freedom, tunes and the open imagination.”

KLANG, which also features vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy, will perform in Chicago tonight at The Hungry Brain and tomorrow night at Skylark as a preview of its upcoming concert commemorating the Benny Goodman centennial at the Chicago Jazz Festival on September 6th.

The official release concert for Tea Music will happen at The Hideout on September 23rd, followed by a week-long tour of the Midwest in November.


KLANG’s Tea Music Released Today

August 25, 2009

Today is the official street date for Tea Music (Allos Documents), the debut studio recording from the Chicago-based quartet, KLANG.

“While it has some of the hip lightness associated with many genre-busting acts hailing from that city,” writes Dusted‘s Marc Medwin, “coolness of approach is tempered by deep compositional concerns. The musicianship itself is first-rate, the group able to stop on a dime throughout. The players’ performances blend to give the band a unique voice, one rooted in swing and cool but cognizant of all events transpiring since.”

The three year-old group, featuring clarinetist James Falzone, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy, picks up the swing era thread of pairing clarinet and vibes, while also exploring its collective interest in the innovative sounds of Jimmy Giuffre‘s early small groups of the mid-1950’s.

“The music, written by different players, is sly and smart, centered on composition and cleverly precise,” declares AllAboutJazz.com’s Mark Corroto. “Their collective approach to improvisation is passionate and sharp; Falzone’s orderly clarinet and Adasiewicz’s crisp vibraphone travel to another plane. It’s an extraordinary recording from an outstanding quartet.”

KLANG has a busy fall schedule of performances in Chicago and beyond.

Before officially celebrating its new record at The Hideout on September 23rd, the group will help celebrate the Benny Goodman centennial at the Chicago Jazz Festival on September 6th, as well as at preview events around the city in late August.

In November, the band will embark on a Midwest tour culminating in a hometown performance at The Hungry Brain on November 22nd.

Check out the band’s complete itinerary here.


Firehouse 12 Announces Its Fifth Annual Fall Jazz Series

August 12, 2009

New Haven’s Firehouse 12 is proud to announce the schedule for its 5th annual Fall Jazz Series, the acclaimed venue’s 13-week program of two-set performances by some of the most active, innovative and respected musicians in creative music today.

The series will begin on Friday, September 18th with a visit from New York-based guitarist/composer Brandon Ross and his group, Blazing Beauty, and continue every Friday thereafter (with a one-week break for Thanksgiving on November 27th) through December 18th when the series will conclude with the final performance of the Daniel Levin Trio‘s American tour.

Each concert will feature sets at 8:30 and 10:00 p.m. Tickets for all events are $15 for the opening set and $10 for the second set. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7:00 p.m. the night of the show (subject to availability). A season pass for both sets of every show is available for $150 through September 18th.

2009 Fall Jazz Series Schedule:

09/18 :: Brandon Ross & Blazing Beauty
09/25 :: Matt Wilson Quartet
10/02 :: Mauger: Rudresh Mahanthappa/Mark Dresser/Gerry Hemingway
10/09 :: Steve Lehman Trio
10/16 :: Gretchen Parlato Band
10/23 :: Whirrr! The Music of Jimmy Giuffre
10/30 :: Taylor Eigsti Trio
11/06 :: ODE: Larry Ochs/Trevor Dunn/Lisle Ellis/Michael Sarin
11/13 :: The Peter Evans Quartet
11/20 :: Darius Jones Trio
12/04 :: Mary Halvorson Quintet
12/11 :: Amy Cervini Quartet
12/18 :: Daniel Levin Trio

Firehouse 12 is an award-winning bar, state-of-the-art recording studio and unusually intimate music venue located at 45 Crown Street in New Haven’s historic Ninth Square District. For its semi-annual jazz concert series, the acoustically engineered studio space transforms into an incomparable 80-seat venue the New York Times‘ Nate Chinen called “the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region” in a March 2009 feature.

Learn more at http://firehouse12.com


KLANG To Celebrate New CD At The Hideout In September

July 23, 2009
Photo by David Sampson

Photo by David Sampson

On Wednesday, September 23rd, clarinetist/composer James Falzone‘s three year-old working quartet KLANG will celebrate the release of its debut studio recording, Tea Music (Allos Documents), with a hometown performance at The Hideout in Chicago.

The band, which will pay tribute to Benny Goodman at the Chicago Jazz Festival earlier in the month, features vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy. All four members compose for the group, which picks up the swing era thread of pairing clarinet and vibes, while also exploring its collective interest in the innovative sounds of Jimmy Giuffre‘s early small groups of the mid-1950’s.

“Klang is the German word for sound or sonority,” Falzone explains. “The mixing of vibes and clarinet is a sound explored famously by Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton in the pre-bop era, and then taken up again by Eric Dolphy and Bobby Hutcherson. There is something in the acoustic make-up of the two instruments that allows them to blend well.”

“As for the Giuffre connection,” he adds, “I’ve always been taken with his early groups and his unique approach to his instrument has fascinated, confused and delighted me beyond explanation since I heard The Jimmy Giuffre Clarinet at 12 years old. The guys in KLANG are all as into him as I am—everyone here in Chicago is, actually.”

Tea Music takes its name from Falzone’s penchant for drinking tea while composing and is the first opportunity for the rest of the world to hear one of Chicago’s most respected local groups on the rise. “The band plays tight compositions with chamber ensemble precision, yet with a jazz band’s sense of swing,” writes AllAboutJazz.com’s Mark Corroto. “The music, attributed to all four members is neat, concise and engagingly hip.”

In addition to founding KLANG, and his own group, Allos Musica, Falzone is a member of Keefe Jackson’s Project Project and Dutch saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra’s Flatlands Collective among other ensembles. His most recent recording is 2007’s The Sign and the Thing Signified (Allos Documents). Learn more at http://www.allosmusica.org