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Joe Chambers and the Outlaw Band at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music February 28, 8:00 pm

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Joe Chambers and the Outlaw Band

Joe Chambers drums and vibraphone
with
Misha Tsyganoff piano
Dwayne Burno bass
Javon Jackson tenor saxophone
Logan Richardson* alto saxophone
Woody Shaw III* drums

February 28, 8:00 pm
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
55 West 13th St., Fifth Floor (between 5th & 6th Avenues)
$10, FREE for students with valid ID, seniors, New School staff and faculty

Drum and percussion veteran Joe Chambers opens the Spring 2006 Jazz Presents Series, an ongoing showcase of faculty from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music alongside the rising stars of jazz - our recent alumni and current students.

Joe will be performing music from his new Savant CD The Outlaw (SCD 2069).

In Ted Panken's liner notes for The Outlaw here is what Joe has to say about the making of his new recording:

“I'm not interested in playing drums behind anybody now," says Joe Chambers, asked if playing the drumkit exclusively would fulfill his musical desires. “On this album, I'm trying to reestablish myself as a mallet player."

On The Outlaw, his first Savant recording, the 63-year- old percussionist places his vibraphone skills at the forefront of an entire recital for the first time in his distinguished career. Addressing familiar, oft-played repertoire, Chambers recontextualizes it within the framework of, in his words, “a fat rhythm section sound with a lot of membrane sounds--drum sounds--in it--a contemporary sound." He clarifies. “In its aesthetic definition, 'contemporary' in any idiom to me means electronics and percussion used together."

“I've played drums all these years, but I was never limited to being a drummer," Chambers continues. “Not to denigrate drumming, but to be called a percussionist is something very distinct. You have to be able to move around hundreds of instruments-- the mallet instruments, drumset, tympani, hand drums, congas, all the idiophones, the shakers and the rattles. Each one has a technique."

“I want to be out front on the vibes whenever I can. Aesthetically, I feel like doing that. I need to do that. You have the whole world of music open to you, so why not utilize all the avenues that you have and are able to use and present?"

Purchase tickets at the door or in advance by phone at 212.229.5488.

For more information please call 212.229.5896 x4591, email jazzevents@newschool.eduor visit

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