Firehouse 12 To Present Mauger October 2nd

September 2, 2009
Photo by Scott Friedlander

Photo by Scott Friedlander

On Friday, October 2nd, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present the third event in its ongoing fifth anniversary Fall Jazz Series, a two-set performance by the all-star trio, Mauger. The group brings together acclaimed saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow and winner of the “Rising Star Jazz Artist” category in this year’s DownBeat Critics’ Poll, with veteran master musicians, and former Anthony Braxton Quartet members, bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Gerry Hemingway. Mauger will be performing music from its 2008 debut, The Beautiful Enabler (Clean Feed).

“Mark Dresser and Gerry Hemingway share a working relationship that dates back to 1975,” writes’s Troy Collins, “they hone in on the other’s next move with the skill of seasoned chess players. Hearing [Mahanthappa] let loose in this unfettered setting is surprising and poignant; it is easily his most exploratory playing on record. Consisting of two tunes from each member and one collectively composed improvisation, the album’s seven skeletal frameworks inspire selfless interaction from the trio, who demonstrate careful listening skills and a magnanimous approach to soloing.”

Collectively, the members of Mauger have appeared on more than 250 recordings. Mahanthappa, best known for his experiments integrating such diverse elements as mathematics, cryptography and his Indian ancestry into the jazz idiom, is a frequent collaborator with pianist Vijay Iyer and a busy leader in his own right. Dresser’s career spans 35 years and work in all manner of idioms within the jazz and classical worlds with such notable figures as Tim Berne, Dave Douglas, Satoko Fujii, Osvaldo Golijov and John Zorn. Hemingway, a New Haven native, has also been active since the early 1970’s, working with marquee musicians including Ray Anderson, John Butcher, Marilyn Crispell, Mark Helias, Evan Parker and Reggie Workman in a variety of combinations. Learn more at

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

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