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All of JazzReach's artistic programming is carried out exclusively by Metta Quintet, the organization's official resident ensemble: Marcus Strickland (tenor/soprano saxophone), Greg Ward (alto saxophone), David Bryant (piano), Joshua Ginsburg (bass) and Hans Schuman (drums). A cohesive, tight-knit unit, Metta Quintet is fueled by a collective, open-minded musical curiosity and a shared dedication to exploring new artistic territory while maintaining a passionate commitment to arts education, fostering new audiences and nurturing young talent. Through the commissioning of new works and the creative integration of live performance, captivating video projections and stunning lighting design, Metta Quintet is committed to challenging convention and expanding the boundaries of live jazz performance. The group released its critically acclaimed debut recording Going to Meet The Man (Koch) in 2002 featuring eight commissioned works by composers Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Larry Goldings and George Colligan

Big Drum / Small World

Label: JazzReach
Released: 2012
Track listing: From Here Onwards; Sica; BaKarem; Crabcakes; Summer Relief.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Metta Quintet: Big Drum / Small World

Read "Big Drum / Small World" reviewed by John Kelman

While the old adage, “those that can, do; those that can't teach" once had meaning, its verisimilitude in a jazz world where artists are increasingly forced to turn to education as a means of steady income would appear to be in jeopardy. But there have always been artists deftly committed to both teaching and doing.

Subway Songs

Label: JazzReach
Released: 2007
Track listing: Morning Rush (Stand Clear of the Closing Doors); Underground; Subway Suite, Pt. 1; Subway Suite, Pt. 2; Subway Suite, Pt. 3; Fast Forward; Underground Messenger; Ephemeral Muse; Evening Rush.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Metta Quintet: Subway Songs

Read "Subway Songs" reviewed by Russ Musto

Songs about trains have always been a part of the jazz lexicon. Billy Strayhorn's “Take The A Train was an early tribute to New York's 8th Avenue subway line, but its seems a while since the city's much maligned mass transit system has been honored in music. On Subway Songs the Metta Quintet presents a program ...

Subway Songs

Label: JazzReach
Released: 2006
Track listing: Morning Rush (Stand Clear of the Closing Doors); Underground; Subway Suite, Pt. 1; Subway Suite, Pt. 2; Subway Suite, Pt. 3; Fast Forward; Underground Messenger; Ephemeral Muse; Evening Rush.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Metta Quintet: Subway Songs

Read "Subway Songs" reviewed by Robert R. Calder

You might not expect a jazz performance of quite this blazing class from a band at the centre of a charitable educational venture, but you should never take music of this spirit and vigour for granted anywhere. Feel free to learn more about JazzReach (Performing Arts & Education Association, Inc.), which was founded by the quintet's ...

Going To Meet The Man

Label: KOCH International Jazz
Released: 2002
Track listing: 1. Previous Condition (Rosenwinkel)--5:56 2. Question & the Smile (Turner)--7:22 3. The Outing (Mehldau)--6:57 4. Chico & Harriett, Pts. 1-3 (Rosenwinkel)--13:36 5. Sonny's Blues (Turner)--8:40 6. Going to Meet the Man (Goldings)--7:52 7. Out the Wilderness (Colligan)--9:40 8. The Rockpile (Mehldau)--6:52

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Metta Quintet: Going to Meet the Man

Read "Going to Meet the Man" reviewed by Celeste Sunderland

Drummer H. Benjamin Schuman is the founder and director of JazzReach, a Brooklyn based not-for-profit organization that takes its educational jazz programs on the road to expose students to the often hidden away piece of American culture known as “jazz."“Jazz has the ability to enrich and elevate them in ways that a lot of ...


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