2009 DownBeat Critics Poll

July 11, 2009

DownBeat‘s August 2009 issue is now reaching subscribers, and with it the results of the 57th Annual Critics Poll.

We’d like to congratulate everyone recognized in the various categories by the 120 voting writers, but especially our current clients and the musicians whose releases we represented in the past year.

Jason Adasiewicz:
Vibes and Vibes, Rising Star

Darcy James Argue:
Big Band, Rising Star and Composer, Rising Star

Taylor Ho Bynum:
Trumpet, Rising Star

Gerald Cleaver:
Drums, Rising Star

Harris Eisenstadt:
Composer, Rising Star

Mary Halvorson:
Jazz Artist, Rising Star; Jazz Group, Rising Star; and Guitar, Rising Star

John Hébert
Acoustic Bass, Rising Star

Nicole Mitchell:
Flute and Flute, Rising Star (winner)

William Parker:
Acoustic Bass

Taylor Ho Bynum Trio At Vancouver Jazz Fest Tomorrow Night

June 30, 2009
Photo by Scott Friedlander

Photo by Scott Friedlander

On Wednesday, July 1st at 8:00 p.m., cornetist/composer Taylor Ho Bynum’s longstanding trio with guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara will perform at the Roundhouse Performance Centre as part of the TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Bynum is also teaching at the Vancouver Creative Music Institute this week and will perform in a quartet with Nicole Mitchell, Joëlle Léandre, and Paul Plimley on July 2nd and in the faculty-student showcase concert on July 3rd.

He will return to the States to perform with Myra Melford’s Happy Whistlings at The Stone on July 7th before jetting off again to play with Anthony Braxton’s Diamond Curtain Wall Trio at the Pomigliano Jazz Festival on July 11th and the North Sea Jazz Festival on July 12th.

Taylor Ho Bynum Goes West

April 3, 2009
Photo by Hilary McHone

Photo by Hilary McHone

Cornetist/composer Taylor Ho Bynum is headed to the Midwest for a week of gigs that begins this Sunday.

Here’s a quick rundown of the schedule:

Taylor Ho Bynum/Milo Fine/Davu Seru
Homewood Studios
Minneapolis, MN

Taylor Ho Bynum/Tomas Fujiwara
Sugar Maple
Milwaukee, WI

Taylor Ho Bynum/Tomeka Reid/Jason Adasiewicz/Mike Reed
The Hideout
Chicago, IL

Taylor Ho Bynum/Tomas Fujiwara Duo + THB Chicago Big Band 
Chicago, IL 

Taylor Ho Bynum/Tomas Fujiwara
Detroit Evolution Laboratory
Detroit, MI

Taylor Ho Bynum/Tomas Fujiwara Chicago Sextet
Hungry Brain
Chicago, IL

Firehouse 12 Featured In The New York Times

March 27, 2009
Photo by Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times

© Christopher Capozziello/The New York Times

Nate Chinen documents his recent visit to New Haven’s Firehouse 12 in a feature article in today’s New York Times entitled, “One-Stop Hub for Avant-Garde Jazz”.

He writes, “since opening four years ago, Firehouse 12, a stylishly repurposed 1905 firehouse in the Ninth Square neighborhood here, has earned a reputation as the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region. It has also won acclaim as a state-of-the-art recording studio and for housing a record label…On the whole the operation, which includes a separate bar downstairs, suggests a model of sustainable activity for a field as transparently noncommercial as avant-garde jazz.”

The online version of this article also includes various images and samples of tracks from Firehouse 12 Records releases by Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson, Nicole Mitchell and Tyshawn Sorey. 

There’s also a sidebar highlighting the label’s catalog, as well as events in Firehouse 12’s 2009 Spring Jazz Series running every Friday through June 12th.

WNUR Jazz Show’s Best of 2008

February 24, 2009

Heard weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Jazz Show block on Chicago’s WNUR 89.3 FM is one of the most respected in all of radio.  

As is their tradition, the programmers have voted on their Top 40 recordings of 2008, and released the results to coincide with their annual Phoneathon

We’re pleased to report that Nicole Mitchell’s Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler (Firehouse 12 Records) topped the list.

The following client releases were also included:

#08: Mary Halvorson Trio, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records)
#10: William Parker Quartet, Petit Oiseau (AUM Fidelity)
#14: William Parker, Double Sunrise Over Neptune (AUM Fidelity)
#27: The Roy Campbell Ensemble, Akhenaten Suite (AUM Fidelity)
#30: Bill Dixon, 17 Musicians In Search of a Sound: Darfur (AUM Fidelity) 

Congratulations to all the artists and labels recognized in this poll.

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, 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.

2008 Village Voice Jazz Poll

December 31, 2008

The results of the 2008 Village Voice Jazz Poll are in and we’re pleased to report that five of our clients’ releases made the top 30 in the Jazz Album of the Year category.

#16: William Parker Quartet, Petit Oiseau (AUM Fidelity)
#21: Mary Halvorson Trio, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records) 
#24: Mario Pavone, Trio Arc (Playscape Recordings)
#27: William Parker, Double Sunrise Over Neptune (AUM Fidelity)
#29: Bill Dixon, 17 Musicians In Search Of A Sound: Darfur (AUM Fidelity)

Congratulations are also in order for the following releases included on individual voters’ top 10 lists as part of the polling.

Jason Adasiewicz, Rolldown (482 Music)
Roy Campbell, Akhenaten Suite (AUM Fidelity)
Yoon Sun Choi/Jacob Sacks, Imagination (Yeah Yeah Records)
Nicole Mitchell, Xenogenesis Suite (Firehouse 12 Records)
Mario Pavone Double Tenor Quintet, Ancestors (Playscape Recordings)
Eri Yamamoto, Duologue (AUM Fidelity)
Eri Yamamoto Trio, Redwoods (AUM Fidelity)