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:


Firehouse 12 To Present The Matt Wilson Quartet September 25th

August 26, 2009

Matt Wilson Quartet

On Friday, September 25th, Firehouse 12 will present New York-based drummer/composer Matt Wilson and his longstanding quartet as part of the venue’s fifth annual Fall Jazz Series. Wilson’s band has played at prominent venues and jazz festivals all over the world and currently features Andrew D’Angelo (alto saxophone and bass clarinet), Jeff Lederer (clarinets and saxophones) and Chris Lightcap (acoustic and electric bass). This performance is part of the group’s September tour in support of its latest release, That’s Gonna Leave A Mark (Palmetto).

“There’s a deep sense of play in Matt Wilson’s quartet,” writes the New York Times‘ Ben Ratliff. “It’s full of feints, slang, sentimentality and a peaceful lack of inhibition; its loose ensemble feeling has a grace born of practice…there’s a specific kind of gentle humor in this band, as there has been since its beginning, 13 years ago. The performance spills over with personality.” About.com’s Jacob Teichroew adds, “For fans of avant-garde jazz, That’s Gonna Leave A Mark is a must-own. But the album’s appeal isn’t limited to those with experience with the genre. One of Matt Wilson’s strengths is making easily relatable music that doesn’t sacrifice its integrity.”

In a career that spans two decades and over 100 releases, Wilson has earned a reputation as one of the most respected and prolific drummers in jazz today. He has performed and recorded with such notable figures as Paul Bley, Andrew Hill, Lee Konitz, Cecil McBee, Mario Pavone and Dewey Redman among many others, as well as long list of his contemporaries. His current projects include collaborations with Ray Anderson, Dena DeRose, Mark Dresser, Frank Kimbrough and Myra Melford. Wilson has toured and recorded as a leader since 1996, primarily with the Matt Wilson Quartet and Arts & Crafts. That’s Gonna Leave A Mark is his eighth recording for the Palmetto Records label. Learn more at http://mattwilsonjazz.com

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


Ben Allison & Man Size Safe At FH12 This Friday

May 27, 2009
Photo by Todd Chalfant

Photo by Todd Chalfant

On Friday, May 29th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present acclaimed bassist/composer, and New Haven native, Ben Allison, with his newest ensemble, Man Size Safe, as part of the venue’s ongoing 2009 Spring Jazz Series. The band, which takes its name from a secret storage vault in former Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, mixes joyous exuberance and good-humored irreverence with textured grooves and the occasional political jab. Allison will be joined for this two-set performance by Jenny Sheinman (violin), Shane Endsley (trumpet), Steve Cardenas (guitar) and Michael Sarin (drums).

Critics called Man Size Safe’s 2008 debut, Little Things Run The World (Palmetto Records), “one of the best jazz releases of the year” (Time Out Chicago), noting that its “combination of folk intrigue, jazz sophistication and rock ’n’ roll punch is a rare but entirely welcome one” (Michael J. West, JazzTimes). “Allison’s facility for conjuring lush soundscapes from a limited instrumental palette places him in a rarefied league,” wrote AllAboutJazz.com’s Troy Collins. “Bittersweet melodies, rich contrapuntal harmonies and syncopated cross-rhythms all coalesce under the banner of jazz improvisation…Allison offers a buoyantly optimistic view of American music informed by non-Western traditions.”

Regarded as “one of New York’s more interesting jazz bandleaders” (Ben Ratliff, New York Times) for more than a decade, Allison is also an active sideman and a mainstay in a variety of categories in DownBeat‘s annual readers’ and critics’ polls. He has appeared on over 40 recordings and written music for film, television and radio, including the theme for NPR’s On the Media. Little Things Run The World is his eighth and latest recording as a leader. It stayed in the weekly CMJ Jazz Chart’s Top 20 for over four months and was included in best-of-the-year lists in such publications as AllAboutJazz.com, Billboard, the Boston Globe, DownBeat, JazzTimes, the New York Times 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

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


Firehouse 12 To Present Ben Allison & Man Size Safe May 29th

April 29, 2009
Photo by Todd Chalfant

Photo by Todd Chalfant

On Friday, May 29th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present acclaimed bassist/composer Ben Allison with his newest ensemble, Man Size Safe, as part of the venue’s ongoing 2009 Spring Jazz Series.  The band, which takes its name from a secret storage vault in former Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, mixes joyous exuberance and good-humored irreverence with textured grooves and the occasional political jab.  Allison will be joined for this two-set performance by Jenny Sheinman (violin), Shane Endsley (trumpet), Steve Cardenas (guitar) and Michael Sarin (drums). 

Critics called Man Size Safe’s 2008 debut, Little Things Run The World (Palmetto Records), “one of the best jazz releases of the year” (Time Out Chicago), noting that its “combination of folk intrigue, jazz sophistication and rock ’n’ roll punch is a rare but entirely welcome one” (Michael J. West, JazzTimes).  “Allison’s facility for conjuring lush soundscapes from a limited instrumental palette places him in a rarefied league,” wrote AllAboutJazz.com’s Troy Collins.  “Bittersweet melodies, rich contrapuntal harmonies and syncopated cross-rhythms all coalesce under the banner of jazz improvisation…Allison offers a buoyantly optimistic view of American music informed by non-Western traditions.”

Regarded as “one of New York’s more interesting jazz bandleaders” (Ben Ratliff, New York Times) for more than a decade, Allison is also an active sideman and a mainstay in a variety of categories in DownBeat‘s annual readers’ and critics’ polls.  He has appeared on over 40 recordings and written music for film, television and radio, including the theme for NPR’s On the MediaLittle Things Run The World is his eighth and latest recording as a leader.  It stayed in the weekly CMJ Jazz Chart’s Top 20 for over four months and was included in best-of-the-year lists in such publications as AllAboutJazz.com, Billboard, the Boston Globe, DownBeat, JazzTimes, the New York Times 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

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