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Henry Grimes & Marshall Allen: Spaceship on the Highway! (3/O5)


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February 24, 2005

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Friday, March 4th through Saturday, March 19th, 'O5:

Henry Grimes & Marshall Allen


a road tour of the northeastern U.S.

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Contact: Margaret Davis, (212) 841-O899,

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Friday, March 4th: Henry Grimes & Marshall Allen, An Die Musik, 4O9 North Charles St., 2nd floor, Baltimore, Maryland, sets at 8 & 1O p.m., 888-221-617O, , .

Saturday, March 5th: Henry Grimes & Marshall Allen on the air w/ Matt Merewitz, Jazz Director, WRCT (Radio Carnegie Tech), Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, check time, 412-621-O728, , Web streaming at (select one of the four live Web-stream options at the top of the main page).

Sunday, March 6th: Henry Grimes & Marshall Allen, Brew House (not a brewery, but the former Duquesne Brewery, now an art gallery, performance space, and lofts), 21OO Mary St. at 21st St. across from UPMC Hospital, South Side Flats, Pittsburgh, PA, 412-381-7767, one set at 9 p.m. Look for the big clock; enter through Space 101 Gallery on 21st.

Tuesday, March 8th: Henry Grimes & Marshall Allen, radio broadcast with Lazaro Vega over WBLV-FM, 9O.3 / WBLU-FM, 89.9, Blue Lake Public Radio, Twin Lake, Michigan, 1O-11 p.m. 231-894-5656, ext. 1O4, , .

Wednesday, March 9th: Henry Grimes & Marshall Allen, Young Soul Rebel Records / CPOP Gallery, 416O Woodward Ave., Detroit, Michigan, check time, 313-833-99O1, 313-832-2OO1, , .

Friday & Saturday, March 11th & 12th: the Henry Grimes Quartet featuring Marshall Allen, Fred Anderson, & Avreeayl Ra, HotHouse, 31 East Balbo Ave., Chicago, IL, one set at 9:3O p.m. each night, 312-362-97O7, , .

Tuesday, March 15th: Henry Grimes & Marshall Allen, Passport Project's Global Community Arts Center, 128O1-3 Buckeye Rd., Cleveland, Ohio, workshop at 4 p.m., concert at 8:3O, 216-721-1O55, , .

Thursday, March 17th: Henry Grimes & Marshall Allen, Rosewood Theater, 218 Walnut St., Morgantown, WV, check time, 3O4-292-8999, , .

Friday, March 18th: Henry Grimes & Marshall Allen, Slought Foundation, 4017 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 8 p.m., 215-222-9O5O, , , .

Saturday, March 19th: Henry Grimes & Marshall Allen, Vision Series, Clemente Soto Velez Center, 1O7 Suffolk St. betw. Rivington & Delancey (2 blocks east of Tonic), New York City, one set at 1O p.m. , 212-26O-4O8O, , , .

O U T O F T H I S W O R L D !!

Master bassist HENRY GRIMES, missing from the music world since the late '6O's, has made an unprecedented comeback after receiving the gift of a bass (a green one called Olive Oil!) from William Parker in December, 'O2 to replace the instrument Henry had been forced to give up some 3O years earlier. Between the mid-'5O's and the mid-'6O's, the Philadelphia-born, Juilliard-educated Henry Grimes played brilliantly on some 5O albums with an enormous range of musicians, including Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Haynes, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy, Charles Mingus (yes, Charles Mingus), Gerry Mulligan, Sunny Murray, Perry Robinson, Sonny Rollins, Roswell Rudd, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, Charles Tyler, McCoy Tyner, Rev. Frank Wright, and many more ... and then one day, for reasons largely related to troubles in the music world at the time, he disappeared. Many years passed with nothing heard from him, yet after a short while with his new bass, he emerged to begin working with Bobby Bradford, Nels and Alex Cline, Joseph Jarman, and others at the World Stage, the Howling Monk, the Jazz Bakery, and Schindler House in the Los Angeles area. On his triumphant return to New York City in May, 'O3, Henry Grimes played as special guest on two nights of the six-night Vision Festival, gave live concerts and lengthy interviews on the air daily during a five-day WKCR Henry Grimes Radio Festival, and offered a bass clinic before 5O New York-area bassists who haven't stopped talking about him since. He followed this with three virtually sold-out nights at Iridium in New York City leading his own band. These days, Henry Grimes lives, works, and teaches in New York City and has been working almost exclusively as a leader with Fred Anderson, Rob Brown, Roy Campbell, Jr., Daniel Carter, Marilyn Crispell, Andrew Cyrille, Hamid Drake, Charles Gayle, Jane Getz, Edward “Kidd" Jordan, Sabir Mateen, Bennie Maupin, Jemeel Moondoc, David Murray, William Parker, Marc Ribot, and many more. He has toured Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Holland, Italy, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.S. in 'O3 and 'O4, with more to follow. To the astonishment and joy of all, he's playing at the very height of his artistic powers (or indeed anyone's), just as though he'd never stopped at all! The recipient of a “Meet the Composer" award in 'O3, Henry was designated “Musician of the Year" by “All About Jazz/ New York" in 'O4. Still in his sixties, he's healthy and strong, and his gentle, humble bearing and courageous life story have inspired all those privileged to know him, hear him, play music with him.

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MARSHALL BELFORD ALLEN, alto saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, bandleader, arranger, was born May 25, 1924 in Louisville and started clarinet lessons at age 1O. During the mid-'5O's, Marshall met Sun Ra and became a student of his precepts. After joining the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1958, Marshall Allen led Sun Ra's formidable reed section for over 4O years (a role akin to the position of Johnny Hodges in the Duke Ellington orchestra). Marshall Allen lived, rehearsed, toured and recorded with Sun Ra almost exclusively for most of his musical career. As a featured soloist with the Arkestra, Marshall pioneered the avante-garde jazz movement of the early '6O's, expanding a style rooted in Johnny Hodges and Don Byas, and influencing all leading avante-garde saxophonists thereafter. Marshall Allen is featured on over 2OO Sun Ra releases, as well as appearing as special guest soloist in concert and on recordings with such diverse groups as NRBQ, Phish, Sonic Youth, Diggable Planets, Terry Adams, and Medeski, Martin & Wood. Perhaps most significantly, Marshall Allen assumed the helm of the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1995 after the ascension of Sun Ra in 1993 and John Gilmore in 1995. Maestro Allen continues to reside at the Sun Ra residence in Philadelphia, composing, writing and arranging for the Arkestra much like his mentor, totally committed to a life of discipline centered on the study, research, and further development of Sun Ra's musical precepts. He maintains the Sun Ra residence as a living museum dedicated to the compilation, restoration and preservation of Sun Ra's music, memorabilia, and artifacts. He is also writing fresh arrangements of Sun Ra's music, as well as composing new music for the Arkestra. He works unceasingly to keep the big-band tradition alive, reworking arrangements of the music of Fletcher Henderson and Jimmie Lunceford for the Arkestra to play, along with many other American standards.

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For high-res photos, interviews, press seats, CD's, bookings, or more information:

Margaret Davis Henry Grimes's partner (& manager) , , , Voicemail (212) 841-O899.

Please note: There will be no recording or filming at any Henry Grimes concert without written permission in advance.

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