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Steve Lehman Live in New Haven and Remembering James P. Johnson

SOURCE: Published: 2009-10-06
Steve Lehman Hard to believe it's been 7 years since Steve Lehman
Steve Lehman
Steve Lehman

sax, alto
graduated from Wesleyan but not surprising when one sees how busy he's been.  The alto saxophonist and and composer has studied with Jackie McLean
Jackie McLean
Jackie McLean
1932 - 2006
sax, alto
, Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton
b.1945
reeds
, Jay Hoggard, Ron Kuivila and George Lewis
George Lewis
George Lewis
b.1952
trombone
, has taught in Paris and is currently working on a Ph.D (as well as teaching) at Columbia University in New York City.

He leads his own ensembles and has recorded for CIMP, Clean Feed, and Pi Recordings. He is also a member of Fieldwork, a cooperative trio featuring pianist Vijay Iyer
Vijay Iyer
Vijay Iyer
b.1971
piano
and percussionist Tyshawn Sorey
Tyshawn Sorey
Tyshawn Sorey
b.1980
drums
.

Earlier this year, Lehman released “Travail, Transformation, and Flow“, a brilliant and challenging octet recording that has received much critical praise for its integration of various musical styles (including hip hop, spectral music, minimalism and mainstream jazz.)  Click on the link below to listen to “Alloy":

 Alloy (mp3)

This Friday (October 9), Lehman will bring a trio to New Haven and Firehouse 12 for 2 sets, 8:30 and 10 p.m. Joining him will be Chris Tordini (bass) and Damion Reid (drums) The saxophonist rarely tours this country with a trio and it should be interesting to hear how he has rearranged the songs from “Travail...“ for this lineup.

JPJ_CD2.gifEthan Iverson, pianist, interviewer, and historian, has done it again.  His recent exhaustive article on the music and influence of pianist/composer James P. Johnson
James P. Johnson
James P. Johnson
1894 - 1955
piano
(1894-1955) was published on The Bad Plus blog, “Do The Math“, several days before the October 4 fundraiser at Small's Jazz Club in New York City to raise money for a headstone to be placed at Johnson's unmarked grave in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Queens. A slew of pianists performed Johnson's music, including Dick Hyman
Dick Hyman
Dick Hyman
b.1927
piano
, John Bunch
John Bunch
John Bunch
1921 - 2010
piano
, Spike Wilner, Mike Lipskin and Iverson (audio from the event should be posted on the jazz club's website - smallsjazzclub.com - in the near future.)

Though you may have missed the event, you can still donate to the cause by going to http://jamespjohnson.org/JPJ.html.  Make sure to read Iverson's posting (click here) to find out why Johnson, the father of “stride piano", is such an important figure in 20th Century music. After you have ingested all that, click here to read his intense and informative conversation with Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
b.1945
piano


Here's a video clip of Johnson's “The Charleston" - audio by the great pianist and a pastiche of photographic images.


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