Richard Beirach is an American jazz pianist and composer. Beirach was born in New York City, he studied both classical music and jazz. While still at high school, he took lessons from pianist Lennie Tristano. Beirach entered the Berklee College of Music. After one year, he began attending the Manhattan School of Music. While there, he studied with Ludmilla Ulehla. In 1972, he graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Master's Degree in Music Theory and Composition. In 1972 Beirach began working with Stan Getz, he worked with Chet Baker. Beirach has maintained an ongoing musical partnership with David Liebman from the late-1960s to the present in the groups Lookout Farm and Quest. In addition and Beirach have performed and recorded as a duo. Several of Beirach's compositions – "Leaving" and "Elm", for instance – have found their way into the jazz standard repertoire. Beirach's style is influenced by Art Tatum, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea and his earlier classical training, it is individualistic with many touches all its own.
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Gene Calderazzo is an American jazz drummer, born in New York, but residing in the United Kingdom, where he is a visiting tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire, the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall. He drums for the jazz quartet, with Julien Siegel, Phil Robson, Thad Kelly, he has played with Steve Lacy, Steve Grossman, Eddie Henderson, The NDR, Mike Gibbs, Bheki Mseleku, UMO, Radiohead, James Moody, Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Ulf Wakenius, Gary Husband, Wayne Krantz, Bobby Watson, Eddie Gómez, Evan Parker, Randy Brecker and brother Joey Calderazzo among others
Footsteps of Our Fathers
Footsteps of Our Fathers is a jazz album by the Branford Marsalis Quartet, featuring Branford Marsalis, Eric Revis, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Joey Calderazzo, recorded December 1–3, 2001 at Bearsville Sound Studios in New York, New York. Marsalis's first recording for his new label Marsalis Music after 18 years on Sony Music, the album features the quartet's recording of four significant works of jazz from the years 1955 to 1964, including works by Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, the Modern Jazz Quartet; the album peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart. John Fordham, reviewing the album in The Guardian, writes that "The pieces are all postwar jazz standards … but the band handles it all as if it were metal to be melted down and refashioned, not fine china to be dusted over." Writing for AllAboutJazz.com, Dan McClenaghan calls the album "the first great Branford Marsalis album since 96's The Dark Keys." Nate Chinen, in his JazzTimes review, says that the listening experience is "disconcerting to hear these opuses revisited so faithfully-all the more so because Marsalis, despite obvious burdens of influence, somehow manages to claim them as his own....
Throughout the disc, Marsalis explores the sharp-cornered abandon that has always distinguishing his playing-and it seems more focused on Footsteps than on all but his best prior efforts." And writing in JazzReview, Samira Blackwell says, "The repertory might have some years on it, but the playing does not suffer at all and provides a phenomenal vehicle for Marsalis’s indomitable personality. … Marsalis manages to give the listener déjà vu chills at times, yet puts his personal sound on the music. This tightrope walking could go badly easily, but Branford pulls it off with a style that eclipses his recorded CDs." Lastly, in the Los Angeles Times, Howard Reich says that "Marsalis is not retracing the steps of two acknowledged masterpieces. On the contrary, he offers a decidedly fresh perspective on these milestones, attaining profound balladry in certain passages of'Freedom,' and ferocious energy and a searing intensity in the climactic sections of'Supreme.'" Branford Marsalis – saxophones Eric Revis, bass Jeff "Tain" Watts, drums Joey Calderazzo, piano BranfordMarsalis.com
David Liebman is an American saxophonist and flautist. In June 2010, he received a NEA Jazz Masters lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts. David Liebman was born in 1946 into a Jewish family in New York; as a child in 1949 he contracted polio. He began classical piano lessons at the age of saxophone by twelve, his interest in jazz was sparked by seeing John Coltrane perform live in New York City clubs such as Birdland, the Village Vanguard and the Half Note. Throughout high school and college, Liebman pursued his jazz interest by studying with Joe Allard, Lennie Tristano, Charles Lloyd. Upon graduation from New York University, he began to devote himself to the full-time pursuit of being a jazz artist. In the early 1970s, after recording with Genya Ravan and Ten Wheel Drive, Liebman took the leading role in organizing several dozen musicians into a cooperative, Free Life Communication, which became an integral part of the fertile New York loft jazz scene in the early 1970s and was funded by The New York State Council of the Arts and the Space for Innovative Development.
After one year spent with Ten Wheel Drive, a rock group with experimental leanings, Liebman secured the saxophone/flute position with the group of John Coltrane's drummer, Elvin Jones. Within two years, Liebman reached the zenith of his apprenticeship period when Miles Davis hired him; these years, 1970 -- 74, were filled with recordings. At the same time, Liebman began exploring his own music, first in the Open Sky Trio with Bob Moses and with pianist Richie Beirach in the group Lookout Farm; this group recorded for the German-based ECM label as well as A&M Records while touring the U. S. Canada, India and Europe. Lookout Farm was awarded the number one position in the category "Group Deserving of Wider Recognition"in the 1976 Down Beat's International Critics' Poll. In these years he played and recorded with Pee Wee Ellis. In 1977, Liebman toured the world with pianist Chick Corea, followed up the next year by the formation of the David Liebman Quintet with John Scofield, Kenny Kirkland and Terumasa Hino as featured sidemen.
After several world tours and recordings by the quintet over three years, he reunited with Richard Beirach. They began performing and recording as a duo, as well as creating the group Quest in 1981. Beginning with bassist George Mraz and drummer Al Foster, the group solidified when Ron McClure and Billy Hart joined in 1984. Through 1991, Quest recorded seven CDs, toured extensively and did many workshops with students worldwide. After 23 years with the Dave Liebman Group, Liebman formed "Expansions" reaching out to the younger generation featuring bassist Tony Marino, pianist Bobby Avey, on reeds Matt Vashlishan and Alex Ritz on drums. Over the past decades, Liebman has been featured with top European jazz artists such as Joachim Kühn, Daniel Humair, Paolo Fresu, Jon Christensen, Bobo Stenson and in the World View Trio with Austrian drummer Wolfgang Reisenger and French bassist Jean-Paul Celea, his ability to play in so many diverse styles has led to big band and radio orchestra performances with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, the WDR and NDR in Germany, the Metropole Orchestra of the Netherlands, the new music group Klangforum Wien from Vienna and, most notably, Liebman was the first improviser to perform with the world-famous Ensemble InterContemporain founded by Pierre Boulez in France.
On all these occasions, the music is arranged from Liebman's own improvisations. He has placed among the top finalists in the Down Beat Critic's and Reader's Polls since 1973 in the Soprano Saxophone category and on occasion, flute. Lieb has been featured on several hundred recordings of which he has been the leader or co-leader on over one hundred. Nearly three hundred original compositions have been recorded, his artistic output has ranged from straight-ahead classic jazz to chamber music, from fusion to avant garde, with numerous CDs featuring original arrangements of the music of Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Kurt Weill, Alec Wilder, Cole Porter, Antônio Carlos Jobim and the Beatles. Liebman has published material on a variety of subjects including instructional DVDs, he has published chamber music and over the years has contributed to various periodicals, such as the Saxophone Journal and the International Association of Jazz Educators Journal. He is the author of several milestone books: Self Portrait of a Jazz Artist, Jazz Connections: Miles Davis and David Liebman, A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Harmony and Melody, Developing a Personal Saxophone Sound.
Several of these books have been translated to other languages. His teaching activities at universities and in clinic settings have taken him around the world as a result of his varied musical directions and expertise on several instruments, along with an ability to articulate the intricacies of the jazz language and technique. Over the years, he has received grantees to study with him funded by the NEA, the Canadian Arts Council, as well as Arts Councils of numerous European countries. In 1989, he founded the International Association of Schools of Jazz, an organization dedicated to networking educators and students from international jazz schools through periodic meetings, exchange programs and newsletters. Liebman presently serves as the Artistic Director of the IASJ, he scored music for the JazzEx Ballet Company in the Netherlands in the early 1990s and Ocean of Light for Katrina and the tsunami tragedies in 2006. Liebman is the Artist in Residence at the Manhattan School of Music and will be visiting Artist at the University of Toro
Jay Anderson is an American jazz double-bassist and studio musician. Anderson took a bachelor's degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1978 worked with Woody Herman, Carmen McRae, a quartet led by Ira Sullivan and Red Rodney. Anderson remained with Rodney through 1992 working with Michael Brecker during this time, played with Toots Thielemans and Joe Sample for much of the 1990s; as a sideman, he played with Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Eliane Elias, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Bennie Wallace, Brian Lynch, Bob Belden, Warren Bernhardt, Joey Calderazzo, Dave Stryker, Mike Stern, Chaka Khan, Terumasa Hino, Michel Legrand, Tiger Okoshi, Lynne Arriale, Bob Mintzer, George Cables, Paul Bley, Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, Dr. John, Rich Perry, Vic Juris, Lee Konitz, he was a professor at Manhattan School of Music. With Lee KonitzDearly Beloved Out of Nowhere with Paul Bley RichLee! with Rich PerryWith Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan Spirit Within Sprint With Ira Sullivan Ira Sullivan Does It All Gary W. Kennedy, "Jay Anderson".
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Romare Bearden Revealed
Romare Bearden Revealed is a jazz album by the Branford Marsalis Quartet, featuring Branford Marsalis, Eric Revis, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Joey Calderazzo, with guest appearances by Harry Connick Jr. Wynton Marsalis, Doug Wamble, Reginald Veal, other members of the Marsalis family; the album, recorded June 23-25, 2003 at Clinton Studios in New York, New York, was recorded in celebration of a retrospective exhibit of the art of Romare Bearden which opened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and subsequently traveled to San Francisco, New York and Atlanta in 2004 and 2005. The album recorded jazz tunes whose names Bearden had used for paintings as well as original compositions; the album peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart. Writing for AllMusic.com, Matt Collar called the album an "earthy and accessible homage" to Bearden, noting strong performances by Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and Doug Wamble. Ben Ratliff in the New York Times says the album "reflects the nexus of country and city" and calls the performance by Marsalis's quartet "reliably hot."
JazzTimes called Marsalis's playing "better than ever" and noted the "joyous, emphatic quality" of the performances. And Don Williamson, in JazzReview.com, calls the album "consistent in its evocation of Bearden’s all-consuming musical interests," singling out the Marsalis family performance of "Jungle Blues" as "a joyous celebration of musical kinship." Branford Marsalis – Saxophones Eric Revis, bass Jeff "Tain" Watts, drums Joey Calderazzo, piano Harry Connick, Jr. - piano Delfeayo Marsalis - trombone Ellis Marsalis, Jr. - piano Jason Marsalis - drums Wynton Marsalis - trumpet Reginald Veal - bass Doug Wamble - guitar BranfordMarsalis.com
Michael Leonard Brecker was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. He was awarded 15 Grammy Awards as both composer, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music in 2004, was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 2007. Michael Brecker was raised in Cheltenham Township, a local suburb, his father Bob was a lawyer who played his mother Sylvia was a portrait artist. Michael Brecker was exposed to jazz at an early age by his father, he grew up as part of the generation of jazz musicians who saw rock music not as the enemy but as a viable musical option. Brecker began studying clarinet at age 6 moved to alto saxophone in eighth grade, settling on the tenor saxophone as his primary instrument in his sophomore year, he graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1967 and spent that summer at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After a year at Indiana University he moved to New York City in 1969, where he carved out a niche for himself as a dynamic and exciting jazz soloist.
He first made his mark at age 20 as a member of the jazz-rock band Dreams–a band that included his older brother, trumpeter Randy Brecker, trombonist Barry Rogers, drummer Billy Cobham, keyboardist Jeff Kent and bassist Doug Lubahn. Dreams was short-lived, lasting only from 1969 through 1972, but Miles Davis was seen at some gigs prior to his recording Jack Johnson. Most of Brecker's early work is marked by an approach informed as much by rock guitar as by R&B saxophone. After Dreams, he worked with Horace Silver and Billy Cobham before once again teaming up with his brother Randy to form the Brecker Brothers; the band followed jazz-rock trends of the time, but with more attention to structured arrangements, a heavier backbeat, a stronger rock influence. The band stayed together with consistent success and musicality. Brecker was in great demand as a sideman, he performed with bands. Altogether, he as a band member or a guest soloist, he put his stamp on numerous rock recordings as a soloist. His featured guest solos with James Taylor and Paul Simon are excellent examples of that strand of his work.
For example, on Taylor's 1972 album, One Man Dog, Brecker's solo on the track "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" complements the other acoustic instruments and sparse vocal. On Simon's 1975 album Still Crazy After All These Years, Brecker's solo on the title track is used to a similar effect, his solos are placed in the bridge, or appended as a rideout coda. Such a combination of musical structure and instrumentation typifies this jazz-rock fusion style. Other notable jazz and rock collaborations included work with Steely Dan, Lou Reed, Donald Fagen, Dire Straits, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, John Lennon, Dan Fogelberg, Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Daltrey, Parliament-Funkadelic, Yoko Ono, Todd Rundgren, Chaka Khan, Blue Öyster Cult, The Manhattan Transfer, Average White Band, Players Association, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Everything but the Girl, Patti Austin, Art Garfunkel, Carly Simon, The Brothers Johnson, Karen Carpenter. Brecker recorded or performed with leading jazz figures during his era, including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Chet Baker, Jan Akkerman, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, McCoy Tyner, Pat Metheny, Elvin Jones, Claus Ogerman, Billy Cobham, Horace Silver, Mike Stern, Mike Mainieri, Steps Ahead, Dave Holland, Joey Calderazzo, Kenny Kirkland, Bob James, Grant Green, Don Cherry, Hubert Laws, Don Alias, Larry Goldings, Bob Mintzer, Gary Burton, Yusef Lateef, Steve Gadd, Dave Brubeck, Charlie Haden, John Abercrombie, Vince Mendoza, Roy Hargrove and Spyro Gyra.
Brecker played tenor saxophone on two Billy Joel albums. In 1983, Brecker played on three tracks on the album An Innocent Man. In 1986, he played on "Big Man on Mulberry Street" on the album The Bridge. During the early 1980s, he was a member of NBC's Saturday Night Live Band. Brecker can be seen in the background sporting sunglasses during Eddie Murphy's James Brown parody. After a stint co-leading the all-star group Steps Ahead with Mike Mainieri, Brecker recorded a solo album in 1987; that eponymously titled debut album marked his return to a more traditional jazz setting, highlighting his compositional talents and featuring the EWI, which Brecker had played with Steps Ahead. In 1987 he featured his new solo album at the JVC Newport Jazz Festival, incorporating the EWI. Brecker continued to record albums as a leader throughout the 1990s and 2000s, winning multiple Grammy Awards, his solo and group tours sold out top jazz venues in major cities worldwide. He went on tour in 2001 with Hancock-Brecker-Hargrove.
This tour was dedicated to jazz pioneers John Miles Davis. Brecker paid homage to Coltrane by performing Coltrane's signature piece, "Naima"; the composition is a definitive work for tenor sax. The concert CD from the tour, Directions in Music: Live At Massey Hall, won a Grammy in 2003. While performing at the Mount Fuji Jazz Festival in 2004, Brecker experienced a sharp pain in his back. Shortly thereafter in 2005, he was diagnosed with the blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome. Despite a publicized worldwide search, Brecker was unable to find a matching stem cell donor. In late 2005, he was the recipient of an experimental partial matching stem cell transplant. By late 2006, he