IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
Sets At 8:30 & 10:30PM
Feb. 13 JOANNE BRACKEEN
Ugonna Okegwo-bass, E. J. Strickland-drums plus Special Guest TBA
One of the most distinctive, exciting jazz pianists in the world" --Down Beat
The pianist is an exuberantly hearty romantic whose bright, aggressive touch produces a clear ringing tone." --The New York Times
I found Joanne Brackeen to be an extremely talented performer and one of the most original composers ever to work in my group." --Stan Getz
Brackeen's an experimenter, a free pianist at heart, though her rhythmic base is so tight and controlled that she can seem to be playing merely adventurous, not outr music."
JoAnne Brackeen is capable of engaging the listener in various ways. Her stride driven arrangement of If I Were a Bell" might be in 7/4 time, but it still swings like crazy. She turns the Beatles' ballad Michelle" into a meditation and transforms Ellington's Prelude to a Kiss" into an impressionistic rhapsody." --JazzTimes
I don't think there's anybody like JoAnne," says Marian McPartland. She has wild ideas and she's not afraid to try them. She'll lay out the melodic line, such as it is, and right away, I'll think: What the hell is she doing?" Then she'll improvise, with variations on chords that , it seems shouldn't work. But is always sounds right. If I tried it, I'd be in a pickle. Brackeen, like Picasso, broke convention, and she always likely will." --Marian McPartland
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