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Chris Humphrey and Matt Wilson in Portland, Maine, October 15

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JAZZ SINGER CHRIS HUMPHREY AND DRUMMER MATT WILSON @ STARBIRD'S, PORTLAND

Internationally renowned jazz artist, Matt Wilson will perform with jazz singer Chris Humphrey at the Starbird Recital Hall in Portland with Martin Wind on bass, Matt Langley on saxophones, and Mark Shilansky on piano.

Starbird's Recital Hall, 525 Forest Ave, Portland Maine
Sunday, October 15th, 2006
7PM
$12 admission in advance/$15 at door. Tickets available at all Bull Moose locations

Jazz singer Chris Humphrey welcomes world-renowned jazz drummer Matt Wilson to Portland on Sunday, October 15th. Mr. Humphrey recently recorded his debut CD with most of the members of his Jazztet, which will perform at Starbird's Recital Hall on Forest Avenue.

Drummer, composer, bandleader, educator and Palmetto recording artist Matt Wilson possesses the ability to connect with people. As a sideman to such jazz notables as Charlie Haden, Dewey Redman and Lee Konitz among many others, his open mind and joyful spirit lifts the bandstand. As a bandleader, his infectious creative spirit allows his band and the audience to share in the excitement of the moment. He is not afraid to challenge, entertain and have fun. Since moving to New York in 1992, Wilson has established himself as one of the most imaginative jazz artists of his generation. He has performed on over 160 recordings and has toured throughout the world. He was voted Jazz Drummer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2003 and for the past three years has been voted #1 Rising Star Drummer in the Downbeat International Critics Poll as well as prominent mentions in the Jazz Artist and Composer categories. Wilson is a clinician for Zildjian cymbals and sticks, Pearl drums and Remo drumheads.

A jazz vocalist, whose primary focus is the use of the voice as an instrument, Chris Humphrey is an improviser and composer as well as an interpreter of song. He is a veteran jazz singer, having worked with Denon recording artists The Ritz and vocal jazz quintet Vocalease. With The Ritz, he recorded the CD Almost Blue, which featured his singing, composing, and arranging talents. As a soloist, Mr. Humphrey has been dubbed an “outstanding talent" (Sheila Jordan) and “a creative force" (Roberta Davis) by critics and performers who have heard his work. He has performed at Blue Note Jazz Clubs in New York, Tokyo, Jakarta, and Fukuoka, Japan. He has also appeared at numerous jazz festivals throughout the United States and abroad. His debut CD, with Matt Wilson, drums, Martin Wind, bass and Mark Shilansky, piano will be released this fall on Cadence Jazz Records.

Joining Mr. Humphrey and Mr. Wilson at this performance will be bassist Martin Wind, pianist Mark Shilansky and saxophonist Matt Langley. Martin Wind lives in New York and has played with Pat Metheny, Slide Hampton, Bill Mays and Dena DeRose. Mr. Wind is on the jazz faculty at New York University. Mark Shilansky teaches at the Berklee College of Music and is the first-call pianist for singers in the Boston area. Matt Langley lives in Eliot and has played with Charlie Kohlhase, Roswell Rudd and John Carlson.


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