Jimmy Greene Preview In The New Haven Advocate

March 26, 2009


Saxophonist/composer Jimmy Greene’s CD release performance at Firehouse 12 tomorrow night is previewed in this week’s issue of the New Haven Advocate.

Edward Dunn writes, “Besides his performance credentials, Greene is a respected composer, and his composer’s keen sense of structure clearly influences his playing. His lines go way beyond a simple sequence of notes, each phrase integrally related to the next. Sure, that’s what all great players aim for, but not many can balance that formal rigor with the requisite soul. Greene does.”

Please note a last minute change of personnel in Greene’s quartet for this gig, which will now feature Danny Grissett (piano), Luques Curtis (bass) and Ralph Peterson (drums).


Firehouse 12 To Present The Jimmy Greene Quartet March 27th

February 25, 2009


On Friday, March 27th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present a two-set performance by saxophonist and Hartford native Jimmy Greene‘s five year-old working quartet.  The group, featuring pianist Xavier Davis (Regina Carter, Stefon Harris, Freddie Hubbard), bassist Reuben Rogers (Charles Lloyd, Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves) and drummer Eric Harland (Taylor Eigsti, Dave Holland, Kurt Rosenwinkel) will be on tour celebrating Greene’s forthcoming April release, Mission Statement (RazDaz Recordz/Sunnyside). 

“Greene is without doubt one of the most striking young tenors of recent years,” declared reviewer Tony Hall in Jazzwise.  Critics have credited him with a “broad range of acumen, as a player, composer, and rearranger” (Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide), “a formidable technique, an expressive tone and a fertile imagination” (David Franklin, JazzTimes) and “a kind of agitated grace that is symptomatic of a multi-faceted musician who’s really coming into his own” (Nic Jones, AllAboutJazz.com). 

“Greene exudes a combination of unbridled passion and gentle, natural swing when he solos,” adds the Hartford Courant‘s Chuck Obuchowski.  “No matter how intense his playing becomes, it retains a welcoming, accessible quality.”

A graduate of Bloomfield High School, and alumnus of both the Greater Hartford Academy of the Performing Arts and The Hartt School of Music, where he currently teaches, Greene, now 34, left the Hartford area for New York in 1997 to tour and record with jazz legend Horace Silver.  He has since worked with such notable bandleaders as Kenny Barron, Avishai Cohen, Harry Connick, Jr., Chick Corea, Tom Harrell, Lewis Nash, Kendrick Oliver, Mario Pavone and Steve Turre. 

His own quartet has performed at major jazz venues all over New York and throughout the United States, and he has recorded under his own name for the CrissCross, RCA Victor and NuJazz Records labels.  Mission Statement is his seventh release as a leader.  

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

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


Hartford Courant Previews Firehouse 12’s Spring Jazz Series

February 20, 2009

In this week’s edition of his column, Riffs, the Hartford Courant‘s Owen McNally previews Firehouse 12’s 2009 Spring Jazz Series, which he calls “an ambitious program of 13 consecutive Friday night shows featuring some of the best musicians in improvised music.”


Firehouse 12’s 2009 Spring Jazz Series Begins March 20th

February 11, 2009

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New Haven’s Firehouse 12 is proud to announce the schedule for its fourth annual Spring Jazz Series, a 13-week program of performances by some of the most active, innovative and respected musicians in creative improvised music today. 

The series, which begins on Friday, March 20th with two performances by the Julian Lage Group, will feature 8:30 and 10:00 p.m. sets every Friday night through the June 12th season finale featuring Dutch jazz heavyweights, Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher.

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 at the box office beginning at 7 p.m. the night of the show (subject to availability).  A season pass for both sets of every show will be available for $150 through March 20th.

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

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 striking, acoustically engineered studio space transforms into an incomparable 80-seat venue critics have hailed as “New England’s premier improvised music venue” (Bill Carbone, New Haven Advocate) and “New Haven’s acclaimed avant-garde bastion of the bold and experimental” (Owen McNally, Hartford Courant).

Since early 2007, the organization has also released a series of acclaimed recordings through its label arm, Firehouse 12 Records.  Known for its “fast-developing reputation for left field offerings recorded in luminous sound that handsomely repay in-depth listening” (John Sharpe, AllAboutJazz.com), the label’s distinctive output includes releases by Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson, Nicole Mitchell and Tyshawn Sorey.  Six new releases are tentatively scheduled for 2009.


Mario Pavone Live Review In AAJ-NY

February 5, 2009

AllAboutJazz-New York‘s Editorial Director Andrey Henkin reviews the Mario Pavone Double Tenor Quintet’s January 7th performance at Iridium in the February issue, available now.

The band, which features saxophonist Tony Malaby and Jimmy Greene, pianist Peter Madsen and drummer Gerald Cleaver, was celebrating its debut release, Ancestors (Playscape Recordings). 

“Mario Pavone has been steadily creating his own compelling body of work for decades,” writes Henkin. “The churning rhythms were a roiling backdrop for the unique approaches of Malaby and Greene, the legacy of Joe Henderson taken in two very different directions. Even when the two horns sat for the earlier piece ‘East Arc’, Pavone’s compositional ethic was clear: he wants his music to keep generating momentum as it plunges forward. This mission suits Malaby particularly well, giving him the opportunity to apply his specific brand of virtuosic belligerence to some especially meaningful statements.”

This concert was also reviewed the following day by Ben Ratliff in the New York Times.


Ancestors And Shakti Reviewed In March DownBeat

February 4, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mario Pavone Double Tenor Quintet’s Ancestors (Playscape Recordings) and David S. Ware’s Shakti (AUM Fidelity) each receive four-star reviews in the current issue of DownBeat.

In his review of Ancestors, Bill Shoemaker notes the “smart, well-hooked compositions and a sterling rhythm section rounded out by Peter Madsen and Gerald Cleaver.”  He adds, “Like its predecessors, the album has a rallying spirit and a progressive bead on traditional practice.  It is what jazz needs from its eminent leaders.”

Michael Jackson writes, “As with Sonny Rollins, although Ware is an entirely different player, there is an uncompromising individuality to Ware’s approach.”  He also singles out William Parker’s “deep-pawed bass”, Joe Morris’ “bulbous, bell-like sound” and Warren Smith’s “surround-sound polyrhythmic forest of splashes and rumbling toms”.


Mario Pavone’s Ancestors Is “Exciting, Substantial Stuff”

January 23, 2009

In a new post on his blog, Bay Area radio programmer Wedge, host of KZSU’s Memory Select on Friday’s from 3-6 p.m., delves into bassist/composer Mario Pavone‘s latest release, Ancestors (Playscape Recordings).

The recording, released in early November, is the debut of Pavone’s Double Tenor Quintet featuring saxophonists Tony Malaby and Jimmy Greene, pianist Peter Madsen and drummer Gerald Cleaver.

“It feels like a major step for an already accomplished leader,” he writes. “Malaby helped push boundaries on Pavone’s Boom album and sounds like he’s been let loose here. Greene is less rough-edged in his playing than Malaby but no less energetic, and the contrast of their styles is like an extra splash of color. You could argue [Madsen’s] got more to do with Ancestors’ sound than do the sax players. All this work is grounded by — sometimes led by — Pavone’s own thick, throttling bass lines and hardy solos, and Gerald Cleaver’s funky/free drumming. This is exciting, substantial stuff.”