Steve Lehman Trio At Firehouse 12 Tonight

October 9, 2009
Photo by Dominik Huber

Photo by Dominik Huber

Tonight at 8:30 and 10:00 p.m., New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present innovative saxophonist/composer Steve Lehman and his trio, featuring bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Damion Reid, performing scaled down arrangements from his acclaimed new octet release, Travail, Transformation and Flow (Pi Recordings), as well as other music.

Lehman’s record, which daringly integrates elements of spectral harmony into jazz, has collected a long list of positive reviews (including this one on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross), and led critics to call him “an inspired talent” (John Fordham, The Guardian) and “a major force in jazz’s avant-garde” (Michael J. West, Washington City Paper) who is “thinking about jazz in a new way” (Will Layman, by opening “his own corridor of exploration” (Nate Chinen, New York Times).

Learn more about Lehman, his music and his longstanding connection to the area in feature articles in this week’s New Haven Advocate and yesterday’s Hartford Courant.

Matt Wilson Quartet At Firehouse 12 Tonight

September 25, 2009

Matt Wilson Quartet

The fifth anniversary season of Firehouse 12’s Fall Jazz Series rolls on tonight with two sets from acclaimed drummer/composer Matt Wilson‘s longstanding quartet in celebration of its new CD, That Gonna Leave A Mark (Palmetto).

The group features Andrew D’Angelo (alto saxophone and bass clarinet), Jeff Lederer (clarinets and saxophones) and Chris Lightcap (acoustic and electric bass).

That’s Gonna Leave a Mark has an up-close vivacity—not to mention a Sly Stone shout-out—that makes you salivate for a chance to hear the Matt Wilson Quartet live,” writes the New Haven Advocate‘s Christopher Arnott.

“Firehouse 12 is a perfect place to connect with the band and its music because of the intimacy of the venue and its excellent acoustics,” adds the Hartford Courant‘s Richard Kamins.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s Wilson demonstrating the positive health effects of listening to jazz:

Wadada Leo Smith Featured In The New Haven Advocate

April 15, 2009
Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith

Bill Carbone previews Wadada Leo Smith’s April 17th performance at New Haven’s Firehouse 12 in this week’s New Haven Advocate.

Smith will perform with his newest ensemble, Organic Resonance, featuring guitarists Brandon Ross and Michael Gregory, cellist Okkyung Lee, bassists Skuli Sverisson and John Lindberg and drummer Pheeroan akLaff. 

Guitarist Lamar Smith will join the group as a special guest for this two-set performance, which serves as a warm-up for its debut recording session at Firehouse 12 the following day.

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’s 2009 Spring Jazz Series Begins March 20th

February 11, 2009

Firehouse 12 logo

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,, 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.