Scott Robinson/Klaus Suonsaari Duo at the Hudson View Gardens Lounge (2/25) in NYC!


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"SUNDAYS at 5" concert series continues on Sunday, Feb.25th at 5pm!

Please join us in the Hudson View Gardens Lounge (Washington Heights, Manhattan - New York City) for what promises to be one of THE jazz events of the year, not only for Washington Heights/Inwood residents, but for New York City. Each of these masters will be bringing to this very special duo recital a vast selection of their instrument collection--from reeds and brass to gongs and percussion. We are encouraging families to bring their kids to this afternoon concert, as it will be a perfect opportunity to expose one and all to the vast sounds and textures, and spontaneity, that only great jazz and improvisational musicians can create!

The recipient of the Louis Armstrong Award from the National Association of Jazz Educators, as well as being named the U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassador in 2001--multi instrumentalist Robinson's breadth of experience ranges from being a regular bandmember of Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, Maria Schneider's Jazz Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi's Big Band, and Bob Brookmeyer's New Art Orchestra to having worked with such notables as the legendary trumpeter Buck Clayton, vibist Lionel Hampton, Count Basie alum Frank Wess, and clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera, and then there's Anthony Braxton and even the New York City Opera!

For simplicity's sake, you can call Robinson a “saxophonist" or “multi-instrumentalist," but that only scratches the surface. A collector of antique instruments, Robinson proudly also plays a variety of reeds and brass family horns that would otherwise be relegated to museums. Echo cornet, double bell euphonium, C-melody sax, ophicleide (an early relative of the tuba) and the imposing contrabass sax are just are sampling of his collection.

On the more conventional level, Robinson is better known as a player in the swing tradition whose arcane instruments have helped add a sense of authenticity and humor to various performances of early jazz works. And you are as likely to see him play a slide saxophone, F mezzo-soprano sax, and theremin as you are a tenor sax. Any fan who picks up an album featuring tunes written by Louis Armstrong would expect to hear music in the traditional style. But just as he does with antique instruments, Robinson takes something old and makes it new, concentrating on the tunes and not the style in which they originally were performed.

A recipient of The Buddy Rich and The Quincy Jones Masters Awards, as well as being selected as The Pori International Jazz Festival Artist Of The Year Award in Finland (1992) - drummer Suonsaari, a contemporary of Robinson's, is one of Finland's greatest jazz proponents.

He has toured the throughout Scandinavia, the US, UK, Canada, France, and Switzerland amongst other places, including at many of the great international jazz festivals including Montreux, Copenhagen, Pori, Detroit, Lugano, and top jazz clubs such as the Blue Note, Village Vanguard, Birdland, and the Montmartre.

New York-based, he runs his own label KSJazz and is playing, touring, and/or recording with such luminaries as the legendary altoist Charlie Mariano, Finnish saxophone and flute legend Juhani Aaltonen, and cabaret legend Bobby Short up until his recent passing in 2005. Suonsaari was recently selected for inclusion in the 21st Edition of the Who's Who in Finland 2007 (Otava Publishing Company Ltd.) publication along with a few thousand other important Finnish persons on the fields of science, culture, politics, and society.

His early influences include Kenny Clarke for his sound and his conception, Max Roach for melody and his time, Philly Joe Jones for his hard swing and Art Blakey for his feeling, as well as Baby Dodds, Big Sid Catlett and Papa Jo Jones.

In 1978, he was a member of the group Blue Train, Finland's Number One Jazz Group at the time. He then enrolled at Berklee College of Music in Boston, studying with two New England drumming legends Joe Hunt and Alan Dawson.

“Suonsaari's considerable skills as a drummer, along with his expansive vocabulary on the kit, allow him to react instantly and with strong conviction no matter what the setting. More people in the U.S...should get to know about this creative percussive colorist from Finland." -Bill Milkowski (Jazztimes)

For more info. or reservations call 212-568-9628. Suggested donation: $12

Located at 183rd St. and Pinehurst Ave. just off of the 181st 'A' Train stop.

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