Reminder: Mario Pavone Quartet Arc In NYC This Weekend

August 21, 2009
Photo by Juan-Carlos Hernandez

Photo by Juan-Carlos Hernandez

Bassist/composer Mario Pavone will unveil his latest ensemble, Quartet Arc, this weekend at back-to-back gigs in New York.

The first concert will be Saturday at The Stone followed by a Sunday night gig at Cornelia Street Cafe.

This new configuration of frequent Pavone collaborators will perform new material, as well as new arrangements of older music from Pavone’s vast catalog.

Quartet Arc features tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, trumpeter Dave Ballou and drummers Tyshawn Sorey (Saturday only) and Tom Rainey (Sunday only).

Mario Pavone’s Quartet Arc In NYC Aug. 22-23

August 7, 2009
Photo by Juan-Carlos Hernandez

Photo by Juan-Carlos Hernandez

Eminent bassist/composer Mario Pavone will unveil his latest ensemble, Quartet Arc, at back-to-back gigs in New York later this month.

The band will perform on Saturday, August 22nd at The Stone and on Sunday, August 23rd at Cornelia Street Cafe (PLEASE NOTE: this is a rescheduling of the previously announced/postponed date at The Local 269).

Quartet Arc, a collection of frequent Pavone collaborators in a new configuration, features tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, trumpeter Dave Ballou and drummers Tyshawn Sorey (August 22nd only) and Tom Rainey (August 23rd only).

Fay Victor + RUCMA Create New Weekly Vocal Series

August 4, 2009


Photo by Jochem van Dijk

Vocalist/composer Fay Victor has joined forces with Patricia Nicholson Parker and Rise Up Creative Music & Arts (RUCMA) to co-curate a new weekly concert series at The Local 269 in New York.


The Evolving Voice Vocal Series, which will feature two vocalists every Tuesday night, launches tonight with Paul Harding & Juju Seahorse playing the 6:30 set and The KJ Denhert Group in the 8:00 slot.

Additional schedule information is available on the RUCMA Web site.

And, although she’s not performing at the series herself this month, you’ll still have two chances to hear Ms. Victor perform in New York thanks to Tyshawn Sorey, who is curating the August schedule at The Stone.

The ExPosed Blues Duo, her group with Fay Victor Ensemble guitarist Anders Nilsson, will perform with special guest cellist Tomas Ulrich on Wednesday, August 12th.

She’ll return to The Stone on Tuesday, August 25th with a trio called Crash, Braaaww, Thud, Aaaah featuring Sorey and eminent trombonist Roswell Rudd.

Schedule Change For Mario Pavone’s Quartet Arc Dates In August

July 22, 2009
Photo by Juan Carlos Hernandez

Photo by Juan-Carlos Hernandez

UPDATE: The August 23rd date has been rescheduled for Cornelia Street Cafe.

Earlier this month we announced forthcoming back-to-back NYC dates in August by eminent bassist/composer Mario Pavone‘s new band, Quartet Arc.

The group features tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, trumpeter Dave Ballou and drummer Tyshawn Sorey.

Unfortunately, we’ve just been informed that while the first date, one month from tonight at The Stone, will happen as planned, the August 23rd concert at The Local 269 has been indefinitely postponed.

The venue has decided to move the Freestyle Music Series to a different night of the week starting immediately.

Please adjust your calendar as appropriate.

Mario Pavone To Unveil New Band At New York Gigs In August

July 2, 2009
Photo by Juan Carlos Hernandez

Photo by Juan Carlos Hernandez

Eminent bassist/composer Mario Pavone will perform in New York with his newest ensemble, Quartet Arc, at The Stone on Saturday, August 22nd and The Local 269 on Sunday, August 23rd. These concerts mark the first-ever performances by this configuration of frequent Pavone collaborators, which performs new material as well as new arrangements of older music from Pavone’s vast catalog. Quartet Arc features tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, trumpeter Dave Ballou and drummers Tyshawn Sorey (August 22nd only) and Tom Rainey (August 23rd only).

“On his day,” declared veteran jazz reviewer Brian Morton in Point of Departure, “Mario Pavone is one of the very best—and when on his game, by far the best—small-group composer/leaders working on the East Coast.” Critics have called him “a smart composer” (Nate Chinen, New York Times) and “a protean bassist” (Paul Blair, Hot House) who “never fails to implant an effective hook” (Bill Shoemaker, DownBeat) and “continues to move the tradition forward with every record” (John Kelman, His music has been described as “exciting and stimulating” (Jay Collins, Cadence), “sensitive and probing” (Owen McNally, Hartford Courant) and “full of smart angular swagger” (Michael Rosenstein, Signal to Noise).

Pavone has spent the past four decades defining the cutting edge of jazz, both as a sideman to legendary innovators and the leader of groups featuring some of today’s most respected young improvisers. As busy as ever at nearly 70 years old, he released two notable records in 2008: Trio Arc, featuring Paul Bley and Matt Wilson, and Ancestors, featuring his Double Tenor Quintet with Malaby and Jimmy Greene. So far this year he’s also performed with groups such as the Connecticut Improvising Composers Project and his intergenerational trio with Sorey and saxophonist Pete Robbins, which will perform at The Stone on August 21st. He was also awarded a 2009 New Jazz Works Grant from Chamber Music America.

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Fay Victor’s The FreeSongSuite Coming September 22nd

June 24, 2009

On September 22nd, New York-based vocalist/composer Fay Victor will release her sixth recording as a leader, The FreeSong Suite (GAM 0091), on her own Greene Avenue Music label. The follow-up to 2007’s Cartwheels Through The Cosmos (ArtistShare AS 0061), this is her second recording of all-original music written for her longstanding working quartet, The Fay Victor Ensemble, featuring guitarist Anders Nilsson, bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Michael “TA” Thompson.

The FreeSong Suite documents Ms. Victor’s new stream of consciousness approach to creative vocal music, which accentuates spontaneity and improvisation by removing traditional boundaries between individual songs and genres. The recording features three long-form pieces made up of smaller compositions that flow in and out of each other as a running dialog. As in all of her ensembles, the vocalist and instrumentalists operate on equal terms, constantly shaping and directing the music through their balanced explorations.

“The beauty of Victor, who’s the absolute antithesis of polite vocal jazz, is her blending of soulful delivery with avant-garde tactics,” explains’s Managing Editor, John Kelman. “Cartwheels Through the Cosmos is that rarity amongst contemporary vocal jazz releases: an album that doesn’t rely on a tired repertoire and looks, instead, for innovation in every corner. Her fearless exploration of a myriad of musical nexus points makes [it] an album for those who normally stay away from vocal jazz.”

“Taking jazz singing forward with a unique form of expression,” declares Cadence reviewer Jim Santella, “Fay Victor delivers with authority. She reaches out with open arms to celebrate the freedom that comes with singing what you feel.” Jazzwise reviewer Selwyn Harris agrees, writing, “This New York-based vocalist actually stretches the definition of jazz vocals with Betty Carter, Hendrix and Sun Ra’s song-based cosmic poetry all in the mix.” “It’s rather like performing acrobatics atop a moving roller coaster,” adds JazzTimes‘ Christopher Loudon. “It’s tough. It’s gutsy. It’s brilliant.”

A New York native who spent her childhood summers in Trinidad, and seven years of her adult life as a member of the renowned Dutch jazz scene, Ms. Victor has been one of the city’s most active vocalists since her return in late 2003. Since then, she has collaborated with a wide variety of bandleaders, instrumentalists and fellow vocalists, including current projects with Ernst Glerum, Misha Mengelberg, Dom Minasi, Roswell Rudd, Tyshawn Sorey, Tomas Ulrich and Wolter Wierbos. In addition to The Fay Victor Ensemble, she also leads Fay Victor’s Jazz Vault and co-leads The ExPosed Blues Duo with Anders Nilsson. Learn more at

Pete Robbins On WHUS 91.7 FM Tonight At 6:00 PM (EST)

March 31, 2009
Photo by Scott Friedlander

Photo by Scott Friedlander

Saxophonist Pete Robbins will talk about this Friday’s concert at Firehouse 12 with bassist Mario Pavone and drummer Tyshawn Sorey tonight at 6:00 p.m. on WHUS 91.7 FM in Storrs, Connecticut.