Based in Brooklyn, Walking Distance is a fiery collective of powerful improvisers playing music they love. The saxophonists intertwine in sound and concept, blending seamlessly so that it can be difficult to hear them as separate instruments, and and at other times engaged in a spirited debate with the drums and bass. The band engages in a wide range of possibilities; from melodic swing and grooving rock, to free bop and soulful ballads,with a dash of terror-inducing chaos. Formed in June 2012 during the Catskill Jazz Factory’s inaugural Artist Residency, Walking Distance is quickly gaining traction and notice. They will release their first album in early 2015.
Mary Halvorson is a guitarist, composer and improviser living in Brooklyn. Since 2000 she has been performing regularly in New York with numerous groups and has toured Europe and the U.S. with Anthony Braxton and Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant. Additionally, Halvorson has performed alongside
and interpreted the music of Joe Morris, Nels Cline, John Tchicai, Taylor Ho Bynum, Matana Roberts, Tony Malaby, Elliott Sharp, Myra Melford, Andrea Parkins, Tyshawn Sorey, Marc Ribot and Jason Moran. Current projects which
Mary composes for and performs with include The Mary Halvorson Trio with John Hebert and Ches Smith (Dragon's Head, Firehouse 12 Records, 2008); a chamber-music duo with violist Jessica Pavone (On and Off, Skirl Records,
2007); and the avant-rock band People (Misbegotten Man, I & Ear Records, 2007).
Tom Rainey was born in Pasadena, California in 1957. Since moving to New York in 1979 he has performed and or recorded with the following artists: John Abercrombie, Mose Allison, Julian Arguelles, Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Nels Cline, Ted Curson, Mark Ducret, Mark Feldman, Michael Formanek, Drew Gress, Mark Helias, Fred Hersch, Andy Laster, Ingrid Laubrock, Joe Lovano, Tony Malaby, Albert Mangelsdorff, Carmen McRae, Mike Nock, Simon Nabatov, New and Used, Anita O'Day, Andrea Parkins, Herb Robertson, Angelica Sanchez, Louis Sclavis, Brad Shepik, Tom Varner, Ken Werner, Denny Zeitlin. Current activities include performing and recording music with Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson as well as playing with many of the aforementioned artists.
"there is some magic happening here - a beautiful contrast beetween Zen-like calm and alarming bombast that makes Pool School a must hear" Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times
“Halvorson’s sound is immediately distinctive, viscerally powerful and, yes, intriguingly ‘anti-guitar’”. Brian Morton, Jazz Review
“Tom Rainey is a player who swerves between avant-garde notions and a mainstream sensibility, and when he plays, the smell of invention is in the air." Josef Woodard, L.A. Times.
Tenor saxophonist Jason Rigby’s explosive triumvirate showcases current and new works from a recent and soon-to-be-relesed recording. Having garnered attention from his previous efforts as both sideman and leader, Rigby’s trio pays energy, excitement, creativity and cohesive elasticity in spades.
DETROIT-CLEVELAND TRIO combines the creative powers of Detroit natives Cameron Brown and Gerald Cleaver, with Cleveland native Rigby. Ah, the midwest. Hailed as “a truly lyrical musician” and “New York’s rising start of tenor sax” with a “pioneering voice that deftly combines many influences,” Rigby is known for his compelling inside-outside improvising. Cameron Brown is one of the greatest living bass veterans, a driving and creative constant and has worked with the likes of Don Cherry, Art Blakey, Joe Lovano, Dewey Redman, as well as with Dannie Richmond as a member of the celebrated Don Pullen/George Adams Quartet. Gerald Cleaver is an unstoppable modern drummer who consistently dazzles with his creative depth, having performed with Roscoe Mitchell, Craig Taborn, Henry Threadgill, Michael Formanek, Mat Maneri, Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan, to name a few.
Based in New York for the past five years, Brazilian virtuoso Rubens Salles hails from Salvador, Bahia, in Brazil’s northeast, a region where his music was powered by a mix of African-originated rhythms, local beats and beliefs.
At Cornelia, Rubens and band perform tunes from his latest album, ‘Liquid Gravity’ (available on iTunes), heavily influenced by free jazz icons such as Cecil Taylor, composer Charles Ives, Brazilian legend Hermeto Pascoal, and traditional folk styles like baião, bumba-meu-boi and choro. Rubens explains: “Liquid Gravity plays with new forms of tension and resolution, and we attempt to take the audience to a different perception in Jazz”.
Edsel Gomez is today one of the premier Latin Jazz pianists in the world. Born in Puerto Rico, he began piano studies at age five. He grew up in a musical environment that allowed him to master afro- Caribbean rhythms in depth, working since childhood with an incredible array of Latin music Artists. Berklee College of music Alumni, class of ’85, Gomez lived in Brazil from 1986 to 1996, where he studied extensively Brazilian music and worked with several Brazilian icons. Gomez’s personal approach to fusing jazz with Latin, African and Brazilian music gives him a unique personality and musical voice.
He has collaborated and toured with Jack DeJohnette, Don Byron, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Brian Lynch, Eddie Palmieri among several others. CUBIST MUSIC, his US debut recording was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Latin Jazz Category and a JJA award and is to date highly praised by Jazz Legend Chick Corea as one of his favorite recordings.
“Inventive,” “graceful,” ”showpiece” works - The New York Times
"An imaginative artist willing to think big" - The Strad
Orphan Planet is the latest project led by New York bassist/composer Sam Trapchak. Featuring Seth Trachy and Fraser Campbell on tenor saxophones and Nick Anderson on drums, the group will perform pieces from the recently recorded album.
An untold number of orphan planets hurl through the universe. Without a star to call home they are dark, mysterious and... lifeless? Orphan Planet muses on the origin, fate and ultimate purpose of these wayward cosmic entities bringing to life music that is both reaching and honest.
Conjuring images of the wide open spaces and dramatic terrain of Arizona and New Mexico, "Arthur Vint & Associates" is the drummer's latest musical project featuring the talents of fellow Arizonan Ian Stapp on bass, Jon Cowherd on piano, Tony Scherr on guitar and Rich Perry on tenor sax. The music they perform draws upon Arthur and Ian's southwestern roots, mixing elements of modern jazz with Country & Western, Native American tribal music, and Rock & Roll. The soundtrack to a Spaghetti Western that has yet to be made...
After releasing four acclaimed albums of original settings of poetry and text for New Amsterdam Records, Sadigursky pares down with a new group that presents a modern take on the classic clarinet trios of the 1930's and 40's. As they present a large body of work that Sadigursky has written over the past five years, this traditional, yet unconventional instrumentation forces each musician to redefine their roles and bring group interaction to the front and center. The writing combines many of the styles and facets of Sadigursky's varied career and musical loves, including influences from modern jazz, South American styles, classical, minimalist, gospel, swing and American folk music styles.
"Sadigursky reinvents the clarinet for the 21st century" - London Jazz News
"…personal, not particularly restricted by ideas of musical genre, quite complex and resolutely unshowy" - Ben Ratliff, The New York Times
Join award-winning physicist, writer, and
NPR blogger Marcelo Gleiser, author of The Island of Knowledge, for a unique
journey into the known and the unknown.
And who better to mystify and beguile us with probability and impossibility than magician extraordinaire, Mark Mitton, who has shared our stage with scientists of every ilk. There are things that Mark does which defy reason but define mystery. Marcelo, you will have a lot on your plate--provided it doesn't vanish before your eyes.
Brooklyn-based pianist and composer David Cook debuts his "trio +2" band, featuring all new music in preparation for his next album on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records. These are original works for a modern ensemble, as well as arrangements by composers ranging from Jerome Kern to Quincy Jones to Taylor Swift.
"A mature and distinctive pianist and composer." - Fred Hersch
"A dedicated artist who has found his authentic and clear voice." - Bruce Barth
Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times