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"Home Field Advantage - Experimental Jazz in Jersey City" Returns for Its Second Year: Concerts Featuring Jersey City-Based Musicians to Take Place in Their Hometown Every Friday in May


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For the second year in a row, “Home Field Advantage - Experimental Jazz in Jersey City" will present Jersey City-based musicians performing cutting-edge improvised music in their hometown every Friday in May. The festival -- organized by Jersey City resident and musician James Keepnews -- will take place at Toy Eaters Studio (one flight downstairs from the festival's venue last year, Lex Leonard Gallery), located at 143 Christopher Columbus Drive in Jersey City, one block west of the Grove St. PATH station. The concerts will begin each night at 8 PM. Tickets will be $12 general admission and $10 students and seniors, available the door each performance evening.

The festival's concert schedule this year will be:

5/2 - Tony Malaby's Tamarindo -- with William Parker and Nasheet Waits
5/9 - People's Revolutionary Party -- debut of an avant-garde big band organized by James Keepnews, with Daniel Carter, Ras Moshe, Matt Lavelle and many others
5/16 - Bryan Beninghove -- featuring Eyal Maoz and special guests
5/23 - Damian Catera -- with Michael Lopez and G. E. Schwartz
5/30 - Nate Wooley -- with Chris Speed, Reuben Radding and Harris Eisenstadt

More details about each group and performance follow below. For further information regarding “Home Field Advantage," please contact James Keepnews at 212.353.6971, or at [email protected] For more information about Toy Eaters Studio, go to http://www.myspace.com/toyeaters.


5/2 - JC Resident and saxophonist Tony Malaby's Tamarindo -- with William Parker on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums

“Within the last decade the tenor and soprano saxophonist Tony Malaby has earned a reputation as one of New York's stalwart improvisers, through an array of sideman appointments and some rigorously rewarding albums. As a leader he favors trios, working often with bass and drums. On “Tamarindo" (Clean Feed) the bassist is William Parker, and the drummer is Nasheet Waits, and both musicians bring a driving purpose to the task. Meanwhile Mr. Malaby, simmering as often as he squalls, coherently pushes the music forward. Clearly this band, which has occasionally billed itself as Tony Malaby's Exploding Heart, should continue working..."

-- Nate Chinen, New York Times

Leading off this year's “Home Field Advantage" festival will be the celebrated saxophonist and composer Tony Malaby and his trio Tamarindo, featuring avant jazz legend William Parker on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums.

Saxophonist Tony Malaby, originally from Tucson, has quickly developed a reputation as one of the most prolific and versatile players in New York. When he's not playing in bands led by Fred Hersch, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian and other greats, he's leading a growing number of his own groups. Able to tackle anything, from the edgeiest avant-garde to the most melodious standard, Malaby comes to the table with an enormous tone, focused and compelling improvisations and a deep commitment to listening.

Some of Tony's best work is with trios. Consider Open Loose with Mark Helias and Tom Rainey; or Tone Collector with Eivind Opsvik and Jeff Davis; or Malaby/Sanchez/Rainey,featuring Tony's wife, the marvelous pianist Angelica Sanchez. At the festival, he'll present yet another, with bassist William Parker and drummer Nasheet Waits. Together the three have released a gripping new album on the Clean Feed label called TAMARINDO.

William Parker is an major icon of the free jazz movement who unveils one fascinating project after another, the latest being CORN MEAL DANCE and THE INSIDE SONGS OF CURTIS MAYFIELD. Nasheet Waits, of Jason Moran's Bandwagon, can play with streamlined purity behind Fred Hersch one night, then unleash torrents of sound with Peter Brotzmann the next. Put Malaby, Parker and Waits together and anything can happen.


5/9 - People's Revolutionary Party -- debut of an avant-garde big band organized by JC resident James Keepnews, with Daniel Carter on saxophones, clarinet, flute and trumpet; Ras Moshe on saxophones and flute; Matt Lavelle on trumpet and bass clarinet; Tom Chess on saxophones, flute and Turkish ney; Nick Gianni on saxophones; Welf Dorr on saxophones; James Keepnews on guitar, laptop and electronics; Todd Nicholson on upright bass; and Michael Golub on drums

Described by band organizer James Keepnews as performing “late-post-ambient dub Ascension funk", this evening's concert as part of “Home Field Advantage" will present the debut of People's Revolutionary Party. An avant-garde big band featuring many of New York's most accomplished cutting-edge jazz musicians, PRP improvises entire sets of dynamic variety and towering intensity. This promises to be an unforgettable evening of music.

James Keepnews is a musician, writer and multimedia artist, often blurring each of these roles in his work. He has performed with dozens of bands and performing artists over the course of two decades, including Daniel Carter, George Lewis, Holland Hopson, Joe Giardullo, Linda Montano, Damian Catera and many others, with whom he has performed in multiple venues and broadcasters throughout the world. Keepnews received his B.A. in English at Hamilton College in 1988 and attended the Interactive Electronic Arts program (iEAR) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, receiving his MFA from there in 1998. He served as both public relations and jazz/experimental music director at WRPI-FM, in addition to hosting several programs for the station. Also while a student, he collaborated as an actor, writer and video artist with fellow iEAR student, Johnny DeKam, in an early streaming media performance/virtual installation, Ethereal/Corporeal, in 1996. With fellow iEAR student Hopson, he also collaborated with pioneering interactive improviser -- and Macarthur Foundation “genius grant" awardee -- George Lewis on a software-based computer video sampler for Lewis' performance, Following the Northstar Bugaloo. In 1998, he performed ADM Sonata at New York City's The Kitchen with a computer video sampler system he controlled in real-time with his guitar. With Hopson, Keepnews recorded the duo album “hunting and gathering," for Keepnews' label Metaharmonic Records which received wide acclaim. His writing has appeared in the New Haven Advocate, the Fairfield Weekly, The Squid's Ear, Reign of Toads and Metroland Magazine.

Daniel Carter: One of the legendary masters of creative music. Born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania in 1945. He has performed or recorded over the past three decades with such artists as: Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Billy Bang, William Parker, Roy Campbell, Sabir Mateen, Sonic Youth, Simone Forti, Joan Miller, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Nayo Takasaki, Earl Freeman, Dewey Johnson, Nami Yamamoto, Matthew Shipp, Billy Martin, John Medeski, Wilber Morris, Denis Charles, MMW (Medeski, Martin, & Wood), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Options, Spring Heel Jack, Yo La Tengo, Federico Ughi, Raph Malik, Sam Rivers, Sunny Murray, Hamiet Bluiett, Bob Moses, Jaco Pastorius, Enrico Rava, David S. Ware, Steve Swell, Matt Lavelle, Karl Berger, Don Pate, Gunter Hampel, David Grubbs, the No Kneck Blues Band, Alan Silva, Susie Ibarra, Steve Dalachinsky, D.J. Logic, Margaret Beals, Douglas Elliot, Butch Morris, TEST, Other Dimensions In Music, One World Ensemble, Saturnalia String Trio, Levitation Unit, Wet Paint.

Tomchess is a Multi-instrumentalist/Improviser/Composer. He plays Reeds, Western Flute, Arabic/Turkish Ney flute, Oud, Morsing, Husuli and Guitar. He also has a history of using electronics /sampling/live-sampling/loops/fx. He has performed with Drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society, Butch Morris's Sheng Skyscraper, recorded with Tenor players Dewey Redman, Pharoah Sanders, Morrocan Sintarist Hassan Hakmoun and Butch Morris. He has also led a guitar trio with Drummer Phil Haynes and bassist Drew Gress called Seven Times a Year. He has studied Middle/Near Eastern and West African musics, spending time in West Africa playing and performing. He has studied with Bassam Saba, Tidiani Bangoura, Abdul Aziz Tour and Mohammad Camarra. He currently lives in NYC where he performs with his different ensembles and works as a freelance musician. He has performed at the Turkish Embassy, the Pakastani Embassy and the Asian Society among countless other venues in NYC and the United States. He has also performed in Africa, Canada, Holland, and Italy. His latest cd releases are: 2007-Tomchess & The Lovedogs-In The Beautiful Future (Footjumbo records), 2008-Continuance (Footjumbo records), The World Is Dust The World Is Gold (Footjumbo records), The Celebrant (Ruby Red Editora) www.myspace.com/tomchess www.cdbaby.com/cd/tomchess

Bassist and composer Todd Nicholson is a mainstay of the downtown New York hardjazz scene. He has performed with Billy Bang, Roy Campbell, Eddie Gale, Frank Lowe, William Parker, James Spaulding, and Steve Swell, among others. His work with the legendary violinist, Mr. Bang, is especially notable for its longevity: Nicholson has been a core member of Bang's ensembles for the past seven years. He has appeared in a variety of settings throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan, including the Vision Festival (NYC), the Rochester Jazz Festival, the Other Minds Festival (San Francisco), Tampere Jazz Happening (Tampere, Finland), Sons d'Hiver (Paris), the Ottawa Jazz Festival, and the Full Moon Festival (Mangetsu sai) in Miyajima, Japan (the island off the coast of Hiroshima). He has collaborated with numerous dancers, most recently Carmen deLavallade and Gus Solomons jr. at Symphony Space. He also leads his own group, the Otic Band/Ensemble. Recent recorded appearances include “Long Hidden: The Olmec Series" by William Parker (AUM Fidelity), “First, Keep Quiet" by the Gauci Trio (CIMP Records), and a live recording by the Billy Bang Quintet entitled “Above and Beyond" (Justin Time).

Michael Golub is a drummer, guitarist, socialist, devoted husband and father of two very musical girls. He has composed music for the classic upstate ny ensemble, Kuru, who were briefly signed to Knitting Factory records, and for his current band, The Red Hook Project.


5/16 - JC resident and saxophonist Bryan Beninghove - featuring Eyal Maoz on guitar and special guests

Bryan Beninghove is a tireless bandleader whose innovative projects span numerous genres. Originally hailing from Westminster, MD, a rural suburb of Baltimore, Bryan brings a blue collar earthiness to the world of jazz. Before becoming a full time professional musician, he worked for different steel shops, carpenters, & he bartended. Drawing from these diverse experiences, Bryan has always played with an urgent grittiness, a sense of humor, & a strong foundation in the blues. Bryan has performed with such jazz luminaries as Eddie Henderson, Rufus Reid, Ron Affif, & Jamey Haddad as well as young guns like Mark Guiliana, Sam Barsh, Duane Eubanks, Rick Parker, & Josh Dion. Bryan has also performed with the hard rock group Clutch, the indie band Lake Trout, & beatbox extraordinaire Taylor McFerrin. Music education has always been a priority in Bryan's life. Since receiving a bachelor's degree in music from William Paterson University, he has spent countless hours teaching privately, running ensembles for all ages, putting on clinics, and running a jazz camp for kids each summer.

Guitarist Eyal Maoz is a composer and guitarist based in New York City. Eyal was recently hosted at WNYC “Ear To Ear" radio program, presenting some of his music and ensembles. His latest CD Edom (Tzadik Records) with John Medeski on organ, Shanir Blumenkranz on bass and Ben Perowsky on drums is available now. His group Hypercolor just performed at the 2008 NYC Winter Jazzfest. Eyal's ensemble Edom performed at the 2006 Montreal Jazz Festival, 2007 BAM Next Festival and at the 2007 Winter JazzFest. His ensembles performed at the Verizon Jazz festival, Jewish Music and Heritage, The Red Sea International Jazz Festival and many others.



5/23 - JC resident and interactive guitarist Damian Catera - with Michael Lopez on drums and spoken-word artist G. E. Schwartz on poems and vocals

“Call it dark space music or experimental drones, this music rattles the soul -- and the windows."

-- Franois Couture, allmusic.com

Damian Catera is an electroacoustic composer/improviser, sound installation and media artist. Catera's work reflects interests in experimental composition/ improvisation, transmission and sociopolitical critique. He has toured and exhibited his work the US, Europe and Asia. His primary mission as an artist is to blur disciplinary boundaries often utilizing appropriated material and algorithmic processing. In recent years, Catera has performed solo improvised “decompositions" using computer manipulated live radios as instrumentation in such venues as the New Museum of Contemporary Art and The Kitchen in New York City , the ZKM institute in Germany and the Institute for Contemporary Art in Prague. He is represented by the Hogar Collection Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and is the recipient of a 2008 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Writer, poet and vocalist G. E. Schwartz, frozen by the mad love of John Montague and Joseph Brodsky and Joey Heatherton, and the immense teaching of their spring of broken symbols, has turned and twisted in the circles of SOLOMONS RAMADA, FAKING TRAINS and EONCHS OF RUBY. He forfeited the divine nameless by putting out the book Only Other Are: Poems (LEGIBLE PRESS), all the while his little finger plumbing the dark moist sepal of new terrain. The Bellingham Dance Company has just choreographed his “House of Silver Windows" out in the Seattle area).


5/30 - JC resident and trumpeter Nate Wooley -- with Chris Speed on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Reuben Radding on bass and JC resident Harris Eisenstadt on drums

“Local trumpet ace Nate Wooley (is) one of the few cats who is working hard at redefining the vocabulary and sound of the trumpet."

-- Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

Nate Wooley grew up in a small fishing town in Oregon. He grew up in his father's big band, beginning his professional career at age 13. After a period of study, Nate landed in Jersey City. He has made a name for himself as a sideman, working with such improvisors as Paul Lytton, Anthony Braxton, John Butcher, Steve Beresford, Joe Morris, and Daniel Levin. His experimentation on the trumpet has led to him being labeled “exquisitely hostile" by the Italian magazine, Touching Extremes. His solo work, acoustic and with unprocessed amplification, has led him to work in fields left and right of the jazz world as well, with bands such as Akron/Family, Wolf Eyes, Burning Star Core, and David Grubbs. The quartet will perform pieces of Nate's worked to a wonderful frayed edge over the past 5 years.

The group, featuring two of the leading lights of the Brooklyn/downtown scene, Reuben Radding and Harris Eisenstadt (a JC resident who led a band in last year's “HFA" festival), welcomes special guest Chris Speed tonight for a reading of this music as well as some of Nate's new Christian Wolff inspired “exercises".

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