Take Five With The New Five

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Meet The New 5: The New 5 is a cohesive group based in Austin, TX whose sound is rooted in the post-bop tradition but with a forward-leaning edge. Four of the five members of the group have or are working on their doctorates in music from the University of Texas. Thomas Heflin and Chris Budhan have their doctorates in Performance. Michael Arthurs is finishing his doctorate in Jazz Composition. Peter Stoltzman is completing his doctorate in Music and Human Learning. David Colvin has completed his masters in music from UT as well. While the group shares an interest in education, they also have shared the time with some of the jazz world's greatest. Thomas recorded his first album with James Williams
James Williams
James Williams
1951 - 2004
piano
and has another one one the way with trombonist Ron Westray. Michael has studied with Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
b.1946
saxophone
, Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
b.1952
saxophone
and George Coleman
George Coleman
George Coleman
b.1935
sax, tenor
. Chris Budhan, as a festival producer in Eastern Canada, presents more than 1,000 performances each summer as part of the City Stages and Always On Stage festivals. Peter Stoltzman has performed with Eddie Gomez and Steve Gass and is an instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. David Colvin has performed on the David Letterman Show and Austin City Limits as a member of the rock outfit Heartless Bastards.

The five share songwriting duties and produce a unique groove oriented post-bop vibe. This is not a typical quintet - even including spoken word into their debut release, Introducing The New Five.

Instrument(s):

Trumpet, tenor Sax, piano, upright bass, drums.

Teachers and/or influences?

Thomas Heflin's influences: Woody Shaw
Woody Shaw
Woody Shaw
1944 - 1989
trumpet
, Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
1938 - 2008
trumpet
, Clifford Brown
Clifford Brown
Clifford Brown
1930 - 1956
trumpet
, Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
1901 - 1971
trumpet
and Nicholas Payton
Nicholas Payton
Nicholas Payton
b.1973
trumpet
.

Michael Arthurs' teachers: Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano and George Coleman.

Peter Stoltzman teachers: JoAnne Brackeen
JoAnne Brackeen
JoAnne Brackeen
b.1938
piano


Chris Budhan influences: Red Mitchell
Red Mitchell
Red Mitchell
b.1927
bass


David Sierra influences: Paul Motian
Paul Motian
Paul Motian
1931 - 2011
drums
.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...

The New Five formed a musical rapport at The University of Texas at Austin and decided to put together a recording project featuring original compositions.

Your sound and approach to music:

We are definitely rooted in the post-bop tradition of the second great Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
, but we also have contemporary leanings.

Your teaching approach:

What makes this group especially unique is each members dedication to promoting jazz education. By 2010, four of the five members will have doctorates in music. These include doctorates in Music and Human Learning, Jazz Performance and Jazz Composition. In addition, Chris Budhan, the groups bassist, leads a music festival every year in his home town of Charlottetown, PEI Canada. The festival gives young jazz musicians live performance opportunities as well as offering them lessons and master classes from seasoned jazz artists. The combined education and expertise of the New 5 members makes them the ideal group for master classes at festivals or camps.

Your dream band:

Our dream band doesn't hinge on having name players. We more interested in finding talented people willing to put in the work to get a cohesive group sound.

Road story: Your best or worst experience:

On one of our gigs, someone handed a napkin up to the stage that said, "Play some Kenny G. I want to dance."

Favorite venue:

In Austin, we've always enjoyed playing the Elephant Room. It's a New York style basement club with a funky Austin vibe.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why?

Anything from the great Miles Quintet of the 60's. Miles Smiles is a great example of a standard quintet with a completely unique group sound.

The first Jazz album I bought was:

Thomas:

The Best of Maynard Ferguson
Maynard Ferguson
Maynard Ferguson
1928 - 2006
trumpet
. Although I'm not interested in playing like Maynard, he was a phenomenal trumpet player who acted as a sort of gateway drug into jazz. For instance, from hearing his heard his loud, flashy arrangements of Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
b.1930
saxophone
' 'Airegin,' I went and checked out the original and discovered Sonny Rollins that way.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?

We try to straddle the line between paying tribute to the rich history of the music, and doing something new and uniquely our own.

Did you know...

We don't put the "Dr." in front of our names, but four of us will have doctorates by 2010.

CDs you are listening to now:

Thomas:

Michael Jackson - Invincible

Donald Brown
Donald Brown
b.1954
- Fast Forward to the Past

Nicholas Payton - Into the Blue

Desert Island picks:

Oliver Nelson
Oliver Nelson
Oliver Nelson
1932 - 1975
arranger
- Blues and the Abstract Truth

Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
b.1940
piano
- Empyrean Isles

Donald Brown - Car Tunes

Clifford Brown
Clifford Brown
Clifford Brown
1930 - 1956
trumpet
- Study in Brown.

How would you describe the state of jazz today?

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