Company of Heaven Jazz Festival 2010

January 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

THIS WEEKEND Cornelia welcomes Company of Heaven NYC to our underground for its 2nd annual 3-night jazz festival. Company of Heaven was founded by Andreas Scherrer in 2000 in Linz, Austria, upon signing it’s first artist, Amina Claudine Myers(piano/vocals). Since its’ modest beginnings, Company of Heaven has gone on to represent some of the finest established names in jazz, with an ever growing list of talent signing on continually. There’s a $10 cover charge for each individual set, and just $25 for the entire night (3 sets). APAP Conference attendees w/official badges get free admission for entire Jazz Festival. $7 food/drink minimum per set


8:30PM: “The joyful, undogmatic Freefunk thunderstorm” of Reut Regev’s “R*Time” w/special guest Judith Insell (viola), featuring Reut Regev, trombone; David Phelps, electric guitar; Sean Conly, bass; Igal Foni, drums.

AT 9:45PM : Ohad Talmor’s “The Other Quartet”. Ohad Talmor, tenor saxophone, clarinet; Russ Johnson, trumpet; Pete McCann, guitar; Mark Ferbe, drums, percussion

AT 11PM: Mario Pavone’s “Totem”. Mario Pavone, bass; Peter Madsen, piano; Dave Ballou, trumpet, flugelhorn; Gerald Cleaver , drums


AT 8:30PM: “The Thirteenth Assembly” Taylor Ho Bynum, cornet; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Jessica Pavone, viola; Tomas Fujiwara, drums. The Thirteenth Assembly began as a touring collective made up of four musicians and several musically distinct small ensembles that sum to a microcosm of the new generation, artists comfortable referencing AACM and Morton Feldman, Otis Redding and the Melvins, and dedicated to finding their own individual and collective voices.

AT 9:45PM: Tony Malaby’s “Paloma Recio”. Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone; Ben Monder, guitar; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Nasheet Waits, drums.

Originally from Tucson, Arizona , has been permanently based in New York since 1995 and has been a member of many notable jazz groups including Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra, Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band, Mark Helias’ Open Loose, Fred Hersch’s quintet and Walt Whitman project, Michell Portal’s Birdwatcher… From Gelnn Astarita:“Malaby’s latest solo jaunt is a marvel of contrasts and tension/release frameworks, where firepower, flexibility and nuance spark a symmetrical and thoroughly hip paradigm.

AT 11PM: Mark Helias‘ “Open Loose”. Mark Helias, bass; Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone; Tom Rainey, drums. Bassist/composer Mark Helias is seen regularly at venues in New York City ranging from The 55 Bar to Carnegie Hall. After his studies with Homer Mensch at Rutgers University and Yale School of Music, he embarked on an international performance career with the Anthony Braxton quartet in 1977. Since then he has enjoyed long musical associations with Edward Blackwell, Anthony Davis, Dewey Redman, Ray Anderson, Don Cherry and Gerry Hemingway.


AT 8:30PM: Michael Musillami Trio + 3 Michael Musillami , guitar; Joe Fonda, bass; George Schuller, drums; Marty Ehlich, alto saxophone; Matt Moran, vibraphone; Ralph Alessi, trumpet. In a career that spans more than 25 years, Michael Musillami has worked extensively as a performer, bandleader/composer and educator. Critics have called him “a superior guitarist” (John McDonough, DownBeat), “an adroit and creative musician” (Michael J. West, JazzTimes), “a fine composer of notable original music” (Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide) and “a modern-day jazz master” (Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal).

AT 9:45PM: George Schuller’s “Circle Wide” George Schuller, drums, compositions & arrangements; Peter Apfelbaum, tenor saxophone; Dave Ambrosio, bass; Tom Beckham, vibraphone; Brad Shepik , guitar. George Schuller who has been a resident of Brooklyn/New York City for many years can be heard regularly as a leader or as a sideman at some of the most fascinating clubs of contemporary music in the Big Apple.

AT 11PM: Matt Darriau’s “Ballin’ the Jack” Matt Darriau, alto & sopranos saxophones, clarinet; Andy Laster , baritone saxophone, clarinet; Frank London, trumpet; Curtis Hasselbring, trombone; George Schuller, drums; Joe Fitzgerald, bass; Anthony Coleman, piano. The new project of veteran New York eclectic reedman Matt Darriau creates new interpretations of music from the early swing era. The four horn (seven-piece) Ballin’ The Jack, plays music of the ‘20’s & ‘30’s with an emphasis on Ellington, Basie, John Kirby and some of the jazz roots of R&B.


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