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*DOUBLE FEATURE*- LEE KONITZ / BILL FRISELL/ GARY PEACOCK/JOEY BARON + FRANCISCO MELA GROUP FT BEN MONDER & CHRIS POTTER

2011-05-31
Showtime: 8:00PM
Doors Open at 6:00PM

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$20.00 $35.00


Tonight's show is a DOUBLE FEATURE which will give you access to both groups of artists during each set for the price of one show.


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Lee Konitz/Bill Frisell/Gary Peacock/Joey Baron + Francisco Mela Group
FEATURING:
Lee Konitz, alto saxophone
Bill Frisell, guitar
Gary Peacock, bass
Joey Baron, drums

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FRANCISCO MELA GROUP
Francisco Mela, drums
Chris Potter, tenor saxophone
George Garzone, tenor saxophone
Ben Monder, guitar
Uri Gurvich, alto saxophone
Doug Weiss, bass

Tonight's show is a DOUBLE FEATURE which will give you access to both groups of artists during each set for the price of one show.

LEE KONITZ / BILL FRISELL / GARY PEACOCK / JOEY BARON

Lee Konitz is sometimes regarded as the preeminent cool jazz saxophonist, because he performed and recorded with Claude Thornhill, Lennie Tristano, and with Miles Davis on his epochal Birth of the Cool, which gave the form its name. In the early 1950s, Konitz recorded and toured with Stan Kenton's orchestra. In 1961, he recorded Motion with Elvin Jones on drums and Sonny Dallas on bass. This spontaneous session, widely regarded as a classic in the cool genre, consisted entirely of standards. In 1967, Konitz recorded The Lee Konitz Duets, a series of duets with various musicians. The recordings drew on very nearly the entire history of jazz, from a Louis Armstrong dixieland number with valve trombonist Marshall Brown to two completely free duos. Konitz has recorded dozens of albums as a band leader. He has also recorded or performed with Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Elvin Jones and others.

Bill Frisell was born in Baltimore and grew up in Denver, Colorado. Frisell moved to Seattle in 1989 where he is still at home. His expressive virtuosity led to him being much in demand as a guitarist and musician. He has worked with artists as diverse as Ginger Baker, Gavin Bryars, Don Byron, Ron Carter, Elvis Costello, Bono, Jerry Douglas, Marianne Faithfull, Robin Holcomb, Wayne Horvitz, Paul Motian, David Sylvian, Hal Wilner and John Zorn, to name but a few. His recordings of the past decades span a wide area of musical influences. His vast back catalogue also including 15 recordings for Nonesuch was lauded by Downbeat as being the "best recorded product of the decadeď.

A subtle but adventurous bassist, Gary Peacock's flexibility and consistently creative ideas have been an asset to several important groups. In 1958 he moved to Los Angeles where he performed with Barney Kessel, Don Ellis, Terry Gibbs, Shorty Rogers, and (most importantly) Paul Bley, among others. After moving to New York in 1962, Peacock worked with Bill Evans (1962-1963), the Paul Bley trio, Jimmy Giuffre, Roland Kirk, and George Russell. In 1964, after a brief stint with Miles Davis, Peacock started an association with Albert Ayler in Europe. Since the early '80s, Peacock has been the bassist in a trio with Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette, a group that continues to record and perform today.

Joey Baron, a largely self-taught drummer, was born into a Jewish working class family in Richmond, Virginia. Besides being a member of the Bill Frisell Band for ten years until 1995, he has performed and recorded with an impressive list of musicians - including Carmen McRae, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Hampton Hawes, Chet Baker, Laurie Anderson, Art Pepper, Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Vinicus Cantuaria, Jay McShann, David Bowie, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Big Joe Turner, Philip Glass, John Abercrombie, Mel Lewis, Pat Martino, Harry Sweets Edison, David Sanborn, Al Jarreau, Jim Hall, Randy Brecker, Marian McPartland, John Scofield, Marc Johnson and The Lounge Lizards.



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FRANCISCO MELA GROUP

Acclaimed Cuban-born drummer Francisco Mela is a favorite among jazz's elite instrumentalists, among them, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, JoAnne Brackeen, Kenny Barron, and McCoy Tyner, all of whom cite his charisma, sophistication, and life-affirming spirit as an extension of his incredible talents as a composer and drummer.

Francisco Mela was born in 1968 in Bayamo, Cuba. Inspired by his artistic father and the explosive sounds of Irakere, Mela immersed himself in Cuban traditional music and the jazz being played and performed in his hometown. Mela moved to Boston in 2000 to pursue a degree at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music. The faculty quickly recognized that Mela had much to offer students and promptly hired him to teach at the school. Mela made a name for himself on the Boston scene, becoming the house drummer at Wally's Cafe Jazz Club, one of the most important venues in the Boston area. Berklee was also the place that fellow faculty member Joe Lovano heard Mela play for the first time. He's been an integral part of Lovano's groups since 2005.

In 2007, Mela's unique style and sound was noticed by piano legend Kenny Barron. Mela joined Barron's trio in 2007, performing and touring all over the world until late 2009. In 2009, Mela was tapped by jazz legend McCoy Tyner to join his trio. Said Tyner of his new young drummer, "Mela is just a fantastic player. He has his own style and his own sound, which is what I look for in a drummer."

Mela's first CD, Melao, featuring Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Anat Cohen, and Lionel Loueke, among others, was released in 2006 and called one of the best albums of the year by All About Jazz. Similarly, The Village Voice picked Melao as the best debut by an artist of '06. Mela's second release, Cirio, was recorded over a week-long period at the Blue Note for Half Note Records in 2008. Ken Dryden of AllMusic called the recording a "compelling blend of many influences." WDUQ Radio picked the album as one of the 10 best jazz CDs of 2008.

Mela's latest project, Havana Quartet is the most percussive and Afro-Cuban tinged of all his groups to date. It consists of two fellow Cuban musicians, Elio Villafranca on piano, Pedro Martinez on percussion and American bass player, Luques Curtis. Whether it's with Havana Quartet, his jazz trio or as a sideman in the groups of McCoy Tyner or Joe Lovano, the result is the same, Francisco Mela provides a passionate, thrilling display of exuberance and vivacity from the drum chair that is as pleasing to listen to as it is to watch.

 

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