Pianist, Composer, & Bandleader Joan Stiles will be performing with her Sextet at Sweet Rhythm in NYC Monday, January 7th, 2008 in celebration of her new release Hurly-Burly.
Set Times 8:00 & 10:00 PM.
Joan Stiles Sextet Joan Stiles, piano Mike Rodriguez, trumpet Steve Wilson, alto sax Joel Frahm, tenor sax David Wong, bass Matt Wilson, drums
Each track of Hurly-Burly is its own small event, immaculately prepared and staged by Stiles and masterfully played by all concerned. Jazz playing of a very high order. Stiles writes and plays brilliantly. She is an authentic original." -Dave Frishberg
VENUE INFORMATION: Sweet Rhythm 88 Seventh Avenue South @ Bleecker St. New York City January 7th, 2008 Showtime: 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM For information call (212) 255-3626
Adventure, daring, exuberance and wit inform this second collection by the New York pianist and composer...I can't think of a new recording in years that's given me more enjoyment." --Doug Ramsey
...swings with wit and verve brimming with the joyous flair of a Wynton Kelly or Erroll Garner." --Bill Milkowski
Joan Stiles' Bio
Joan Stiles has led a very eclectic musical life. As a teenager, although her two favorite records were by Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans, she sang and played in pop music groups and in college, seriously studied classical piano. While still in graduate school, she taught in the Classical Theory Department of Brooklyn College, worked as an accompanist on harpsichord and piano, and wrote instructional articles for music magazines. But Jazz was never far from her heart and she pursued her interest in the music while at the same time earning two masters degrees, completing her coursework toward her doctorate--and raising two children. One rainy evening en route to a concert of Duke Ellington's Black, Brown and Beige, she slipped on a cellar door and suffered multiple fractures of her left wrist. Following surgery and a long recuperative process, her commitment to Jazz was strengthened and she began to work regularly in NY area clubs.
For her 2004 debut recording, Love Call (Zoho) Joan Stiles wrote arrangements for an all- star octet with special guests, Frank Wess and Clark Terry. Love Call was on many Top Ten lists for 2004--Cadence Magazine Editor's Choice, JazzWeek Radio #9 and was cited by Frequency Media as one of the best new and emerging artist releases" on their Artist Breakthrough Chart.
Joan Stiles is also an active Jazz educator--a full-time faculty member of Manhattan School of Music and instructor of theory and piano at the New School University Jazz Program.
A recent review of a Mostly Mary Lou" concert sums it up, Stiles is a skilled musical architect, dedicated to the craft of balance and dynamics, of blend and boldness. She is more than just a graceful interpreter of Mary Lou, Duke and Monk; her playing illuminated the masterpieces she made her own." (Michael Hochandel, The Daily Gazette).