On Friday, September 10th, Firehouse 12
will open its 2010 Fall Jazz Series
with a two-set performance by acclaimed cornetist/composer Taylor Ho Bynum
's primary ensemble, the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet. This special event, which also marks the launch of Bynum's two-week Acoustic Bicycle Tour
across New England, focuses on a brand new book of music made possible with support from Chamber Music America's 2010 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The five year-old group's newly revamped lineup features Jim Hobbs (alto saxophone), Bill Lowe (bass trombone), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Ben Wolfe (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums).
Bynum's music is filled with a fabulous array of textures," wrote Cadence's Jason Bivins in his review of the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet's 2007 debut, The Middle Picture (Firehouse 12 Records). He arranges and composes music in a way that really takes advantage of these resources, putting his mates into all kinds of provocative situations and combinations." Critics have also described Bynum's work with the band as thought-provoking" (Nate Chinen, New York Times), consistently compelling listening" (Time Out New York), virtuosity on its own terms" (David R. Adler, AllAboutJazz-New York), and the shape of jazz to come" (Philip Clark, The Wire). The Chicago Reader's Peter Margasak adds, Taylor Ho Bynum has cemented his reputation as one of the most compelling and progressive trumpeters and bandleaders currently active, at home in every corner of the creative-music map."
His expansive résumé includes collaborations with both his contemporaries and legendary figures alike, most notably the iconic saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton, with whom he has performed and recorded extensively over the past decade. His most recent releases as a leader/co-leader include Tomas Fujiwara & Taylor Ho Bynum's Stepwise (NotTwo Records), Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings' Madeleine Dreams (Firehouse 12 Records), Positive Catastrophe's Garabatos Volume One (Cuneiform Records) and The Thirteenth Assembly's (un)sentimental (Important Records). He is also an active member of numerous other ensembles, and a busy organizer and administrator with such organizations as the Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT Music), Firehouse 12 Records and the Tri-Centric Foundation.
2010 Fall Jazz Series Schedule
09/10 :: Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet
09/17 :: Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet
09/24 :: The New Mellow Edwards
10/01 :: Julian Lage Group
10/08 :: Jürgen Friedrich Trio
10/15 :: Chris Dingman's Waking Dreams
10/22 :: Eric Hofbauer with special guest Garrison Fewell
10/29 :: Agusti Fernandez/Joe Morris
11/05 :: Stephan Crump with Rosetta Trio
11/12 :: Dave Phillips and Freedance
11/19 :: Ches Smith and These Arches
12/03 :: Tim Berne Los Totopos
12/10 :: Mario Pavone Orange Double Tenor
12/17 :: Singularity: Music by Joel Harrison Septet