November 15, 2005
To: Listings/Critics/Features From: JAZZ PROMO SERVICES Press Contact: JIM EIGO, [email protected]
Thursday November 17th (Jo Lawrey 8:30-9:30, Alexis from 9:30-11)
Gnu Vox Series at Cornelia St. Cafe 29 Cornelia St. New York, NY 10014 212-989-9319 http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com $10 Cover Great Food and Drinks Available
Ben Stivers -piano Anthony Pinciotti - drums Andy McKee - bass
Alexis Coles new CD Nearer the Sun on Canopy Jazz- in tune with the past and distinctively modern. An impressive early effort by an up-and-comer" -Scott Yanow L.A. Jazz Scene ...she stands on her own." -Sheila Jordan A stunning debut from a young singer with great dynamic feeling and a pitch perfect contralto voice" -John Craddock, contributor to Jazz Journal International
Nearer the Sun features: Ben Stivers- Pianist & Organist Versatile pianist, organist, composer and arranger Ben Stivers grew up in a musical family in Las Vegas He received a B.M. from University of Miami in 1990. There he worked as a midi programmer on the records of Expose which led to tours and recordings with the Bee Gees, Julio Iglesias, Jose Feliciano, Carlos Santana and Matchbox 20. Next he took a two-year contract at a theater in Mallorca, Spain. In 1998 he moved to New York and since then has had the opportunity to perform with Christian Howes, Avi Bortnick, Mike Clark and Groove Collective. He is currently active in the New York scene and will soon release a CD with his own trio.
John Hebert - Acoustic Bass (not appearing Thursday) John Hebert was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1972. He began playing the bass in high school and continued his jazz education from 1990-92 at Loyola University in New Orleans In 1992 John moved to the New York City area,where he earned his B.M from William Paterson University. There he studied with Rufus Reid, Steve Wilson, Todd Coolman, and Steve Turre. After graduating, John moved to New York City where he has since become a highly in demand bassist. He has worked along side such respected musicians as Paul Bley, Lee Konitz, Andrew Hill, Kenny Wheeler, David Liebman, Maria Schneider, Fred Hersch, John Abercrombie, New York Voices, Rich Perry, Tony Malaby, Matt Maneri, Joe Maneri, Judy Silvano, Billy Hart, Jeff Hirshfeild, Tom Rainey, Brad Shepik, Ben Monder, Tim Berne, and others. He continues to tour the US and Europe. As well as performing, John Hebert also teaches during the summer at the Maine Jazz Camp for high school students learning the art of improvisation. John has also performed numerous clinics at universities around the US.
Anthony Pinciotti -Drummer & Percussionist Anthony Pinciotti is a dynamic, innovative drummer well-versed in jazz, rock, and world music. Based in New York, Anthony performs and tours extensively with many of the most vital, forward-looking musicians on the scene today. Pinciotti has also worked with masters the likes of James Moody, Kenny Werner, Gary Bartz, Ira Sullivan, Kenny Baron, Mike Stern, and Sheila Jordan to name a few. Anthony began playing professionally throughout the Midwest at the age of thirteen, working with many Motown and jazz greats, including trumpeter, Marcus Belgrave. In 1992 multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan invited Anthony relocate to Miami, Florida to be his drummer. While there he had the opportunity to play with Pat Metheny, Dr.Lonnie Smith, Andy Laverne, Frank Foster, and Warren Bernhard. In 1994 Anthony moved to Chicago. While there he led several successful groups. Anthony made the move to New York in 1998. Since then he has been on a steady rise to the forefront of improvised music.
Andy McKee -bass (Thursday Night) Andy McKee is an internationally acclaimed musician well known for his dynamic and inventive approach to the acoustic bass. His reputation stretches from his home base of New York, across the United States and Europe to the far jazz corners of the world. Andy's talents as a composer and accomplished instrumentalist have earned him critical acclaim and a prominent place on the world jazz stage.
Having performed extensively with many jazz greats, Andy McKee is as comfortable on the concert stage in front of television cameras as he is in the recording studio or intimate jazz club setting. He has been a longtime member of groups led by Philly Joe Jones, Chet Baker, Michel Petrucciani, and Elvin Jones, as well as the Mingus Dynasty and currently, the Mingus Big Band. Arriving on the New York scene in 1980, Andy worked the jazz clubs with the likes of Jaki Byard, Clifford Jordan, Sal Nistico, Charlie Rouse, Billy Harper and Brazilian drummer extraordinaire, Edison Machado. While living in Paris, France in the mid-80's, he performed and toured exclusively with Mal Waldron, Clark Terry, Steve Lacy, Don Cherry, Horace Parlan, Steve Grossman, and Barry Altschul as well as European greats Daniel Humair, Marcial Solal, Franco D'Andrea and others.
Any McKee's unique style and hard-swinging approach evolved naturally from his formative years spent on the Philadelphia jazz scene. Working with musicians like Hank Mobley, Johnny Hartman, Cee" Sharp, Walt Dickerson, and Philly Joe Jones provided a nurturing environment for him and other young players cutting their musical teeth. Philly was like my musical father. I was really just starting out when he said, 'come'on, you're with me'." McKee adds, we didn't talk much about what we were playing, we just hung with the music." It was this period that provided a solid foundation for continued musical growth and achievement leading to the mature artistry of Andy McKee today.
He has further gained a prominent place on the contemporary music scene recording and performing with groups of his own. Andy McKee & NEXT received critical acclaim both for live performances in the U.S. and Europe as well as for their Mapleshade recording, Sound Roots. Currently Andy McKee/One World is making waves performing a masterful blend of jazz and world music themes as they prepare for another recording due to be released later this year. In this environment bassist Andy McKee has found the opportunity to apply the full depth of his experience and breadth of his rich musical understanding to his place as a composer and as a leader in his own right.
Andy McKee is also known for his work in music education. He is a faculty member at The New School's Jazz and Contemporary Music Dept. in New York City, he teaches privately, and he is a presenter of master-classes at conservatories around the world.