Peter Evans Quartet At Firehouse 12 Tonight

November 13, 2009

Photo by C. Neil Scott

Tonight at 8:30 and 10:00 p.m., Firehouse 12‘s fifth annual Fall Jazz Series will present the New Haven debut of The Peter Evans Quartet.

The group, which recorded its highly acclaimed eponymous debut for Firehouse 12 Records in 2007, is led by trumpeter/composer Peter Evans, who critics have called “a new jazz star” (Brian Morton, Jazz Review) with “the kind of mad chops and conceptual smarts that surface just a few times in every lifetime” (Peter Margasak, DownBeat).

The current version of the ensemble, his main outlet as a bandleader, features pianist Ricardo Gallo, bassist Tom Blancarte and drummer Kevin Shea.


Firehouse 12 To Present The Peter Evans Quartet November 13th

October 14, 2009
Photo by C. Neil Scott

Photo by C. Neil Scott

On Friday, November 13th, Firehouse 12‘s fifth annual Fall Jazz Series will present the New Haven debut of The Peter Evans Quartet. The group, which recorded its highly acclaimed eponymous debut for Firehouse 12 Records in 2007, is led by trumpeter/composer Peter Evans, who critics have called “a new jazz star” (Brian Morton, Jazz Review) with “the kind of mad chops and conceptual smarts that surface just a few times in every lifetime” (Peter Margasak, DownBeat). The current version of the ensemble, his main outlet as a bandleader, features pianist Ricardo Gallo, bassist Tom Blancarte and drummer Kevin Shea.

“Trumpeter Peter Evans is an urgent new talent who promises to upend the world of jazz and improv,” wrote The Wire‘s Andy Hamilton in his review of The Peter Evans Quartet. “If you had a lingering suspicion jazz might be dead, this furious and compelling release will calm your fears.” AllAboutJazz.com’s Troy Collins adds, “This crack ensemble balances boundless energy with knowing finesse. Continuously in flux, the quartet endlessly modulates between collective improvisation, intricate notated charts and individual solos with graceful verve. The Peter Evans Quartet is not only a definitive statement from a rising new voice, but one of the finest jazz records of the year.”

A member of the New York music community since 2003, following his graduation from Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in classical trumpet performance, Evans works in a wide variety of music settings, including baroque, contemporary classical, free improvisation and electro-acoustic music. He first gained widespread attention for his talents through the release of his 2006 solo trumpet CD, More is More (Psi), and has since recorded with such notable ensembles as Carnival Skin, Moppa Elliott’s Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Evan Parker’s Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, Sparks and Tyft in addition to his own working quartet. The Peter Evans Quartet was named to best of the year lists in AllAboutJazz.com, Cadence, Jazz Review, the Village Voice and The Wire. Learn more at http://www.myspace.com/peterevanstrumpet

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


Firehouse 12’s 2009 Fall Jazz Series Begins Tonight

September 18, 2009
Photo by Kazuki Takami

Photo by Kazuki Takami

New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will launch its fifth annual Fall Jazz Series tonight with a two set performance by guitarist/composer Brandon Ross and his group, Blazing Beauty, featuring longtime collaborators Stomu Takeishi (bass) and JT Lewis (drums).

Jazz columnist Owen McNally previews the event in yesterday’s Hartford Courant.

Concerts will continue every Friday night (with a one-week break for Thanksgiving on November 27th) through December 18th when the series concludes with the final performance of the Daniel Levin Trio‘s American tour.

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 Nate Chinen called “the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region” in his March 2009 feature for the New York Times.

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


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


Weasel Walter/Mary Halvorson/Peter Evans: Live at WFMU

May 15, 2009
Weasel Walter, Peter Evans and Mary Halvorson Live at WFMU

Weasel Walter, Peter Evans and Mary Halvorson Live at WFMU

The Weasel Walter/Mary Halvorson/Peter Evans live set, heard on WFMU’s The Long Really with Scott McDowell Wednesday night, is now available for your free listening pleasure anytime.


Mary Halvorson Performances In May

April 30, 2009

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has a busy performance schedule in May, beginning with a six-stop European tour featuring a collective trio with Peter Evans and Weasel Walter.

Her schedule will also also include performances at The Stone with Marc Ribot’s Sun Ship (as part of his 55th birthday celebration) and MAP on consecutive Thursdays, and the CD release party for Crackleknob‘s self-titled debut CD on HatHut at the Issue Project Room on Brooklyn.

She’ll conclude the month with two Italian dates with Butch Morris.

Weasel Walter/ Peter Evans/ Mary Halvorson Tour
05/06: Les Instants Chavires (Paris, France)
05/07: Ausland (Berlin, Germany)
05/08: Immerhin (Wurzburg, Germany)
05/09: Lendwirbel Fest (Graz, Austria)
05/10: The Rhiz (Vienna, Austria)
05/11: Siraly (Budapest, Hungary)

Marc Ribot’s Sun Ship
05/14: The Stone (New York, NY) 

MAP
05/21: The Stone (New York, NY)

Crackleknob 
05/24: Issue Project Room (Brooklyn, NY)

Laurence “Butch” Morris Folding Space: Modette & Other Songs
05/30: Teatro Rossini (Lugo, Italy)
05/31: Teatro Comunale (Modena, Italy)


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.