A Straight-Up Jazz Show, With a Focus on Material From the 1960s
Respected jazz & rock drummer/multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer Aaron Comess has confirmed a July 11th sextet concert at Smoke Jazz in New York City. Comess has long ties to jazz, and has played with such greats as Roy Hargrove, Brad Meldau, Robert Glasper, Bilal, Roswell Rudd, Arnie Lawrence, Deanna Kirk and more. As a member of the group New York Electric Piano (for the past 10 years,) Comess and band-mates scored a Top 10 jazz album with their most recent CD. Comess is currently studying with legendary drum master Michael Carvin.
At Smoke Jazz on July 11th, The Aaron Comess Sextet plans a straight-up jazz concert with a focus on his favorite material from the 1960s, some original music and more. The terrific band will feature:
Aaron Comess – Drums Barney McAll - Piano Danton Boller - Bass Steven Bernstein - Trumpet Erik Lawrence - Saxophone Mike Moreno - Guitar
Smoke Jazz 2751 Broadway New York, NY 10025 Sets: 7pm, 9pm & 10:30pm No music charge 212-864-6662
Comess has had strong roots in jazz since his early musical life. As far back to the 1980s, he was Best Jazz Soloist for two consecutive years via Downbeat’s High School Student Awards. Then, when attending arts magnet school in Dallas, jazz groups he played in won Best Big Band and Best Small Group for three years in a row. Comess went on to attend Berklee College of Music on scholarship, and then attended The New School Jazz Program in NYC. He comments: “I’ve always had a true love for listening to and playing jazz that has filtered in to all the work I have done since. I love playing songs just as much as I love to improvise, and the freedom that comes from playing jazz music is something I very much love to do.”
“I’m excited to get this group of musicians together for the Smoke Jazz shows. We’ve all played together in different groups over the years and I’m certain the chemistry is going to be something special. We’re going to be focusing on some of my favorite material, mostly from the 1960s — The innovation and quality was so high in this period of jazz, and we are looking forward to exploring this material with our own twist on things. We will also include some of my originals of my 2 records “Catskills Cry” and “Beautiful Mistake”.
Aaron Comess also happens to be the drummer and a founding member of the multi- platinum-selling SPIN DOCTORS, and recently celebrated the band’s 20th Anniversary of their smash CD Pocket Full of Kryptonite with an acclaimed CD reissue and world tour.