Freddie Hubbard and The New Jazz Composers Octet at the Iridium Jazz Club Thurs. thg Sun. Sept. 29-Oct. 2
September 26, 2005
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IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB 1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st) NEW YORK, NY 10023 RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121, www.iridiumjazzclub.com
SHOW TIMES NIGHTLY AT 8:00, 10: 00
Sept. 28-Oct. 1 FREDDIE HUBBARD & THE NEW JAZZ COMPOSERS OCTET Freddie Hubbard- Trumpet David Weiss- Trumpet Myron Walden- Alto Sax Craig Handy- Tenor Sax Steve Davis- Trombone Norbert Stachel- Baritone Sax Anthony Wonsey- Piano Dwayne Burno- Bass Gene Jackson- Drums
Sunday, October 2 The New Jazz Composers Octet with specials guests Charles Tolliver and Billy Harper Charles Tolliver- Trumpet Billy Harper- Tenor Sax David Weiss- Trumpet Myron Walden- Alto Sax Craig Handy- Tenor Sax Steve Davis- Trombone Norbert Stachel- Baritone Sax Stephen Scott- Piano Dwayne Burno- Bass Gene Jackson- Drums
Trumpet/flugelhorn player Frederick Dewayne (Freddie) Hubbard (b. 1938) came out of Indianapolis in the late 1950s to almost instant stardom as part of the new thing in jazz: hard-bop and beyond into modal playing, freedom of expression, soul jazz and, within a few years, the first inklings of fusion. By the mid-'60s Hubbard had played with Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman and Oliver Nelson and spent several years in a featured role with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He appeared on some of the decade's watershed albums—Coleman's Free Jazz, Dolphy's Out to Lunch, Rollins's East Broadway Rundown, Nelson's Blues and the Abstract Truth, Blakey's Mosaic, Free for All, Ugestsu and Kyoto, John Coltrane's Ascension and Herbie Hancock's Maiden Voyage. His own recordings for the Blue Note, Atlantic and CTI labels has firmly established Freddie Hubbard as one THE great trumpeters in all of jazz. Freddie was named a 2006 NEA Jazz Master this past September.
With its dedication to cooperative ethos, the New Jazz Composers Octet nurtures the skills and explores the ever-expanding musical capabilities of all its members. The ensemble dates back to 1996 when trumpeter David Weiss recognized the lack of opportunities for younger composers to present serious original jazz writing. He joined forces with pianist Xavier Davis, saxophonist Myron Walden, and bassist Dwayne Burno. They recruited four more of New York's top young musicians and formed the New Jazz Composers Octet. The group's five horn front line provides an ideal setting for the composers to fully realize their compositional notions: such broad instrumentation makes for a unique and versatile ensemble.
The collective's passionate rendering of thoughtful arrangements and its firm rooting in tradition quickly established the group as the sound of the new jazz mainstream" (Ben Ratliff, The New York Times) for their ability to stretch hard bop's kind-of-unstretchable formula" (Jim Macnie, Village Voice).