1s & 2s: Music for Solo & Duo"
(on the first Thursday of every month at Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village, New York)
December 2nd: Come hear a RARE solo and duo concert by master percussionists WARREN SMITH and KEVIN NORTON
Set Times: 8:30 & 10pm ~ Cover: $12
(212) 989-9319 ~ www.corneliastreetcafe.com
Warren Smith's reputation as a dynamic leader of a vibrant and creative ensemble often overshadows his abilities as a composer, arranger, and percussionist. His exemplary technical skills, whether behind a battery of drums or the vibes, complements a marvelous intuition for rhythm and harmony. A consummate musician, Smith knows when and how to put the heat to a rhythm section, and where to be an unobtrusive and delicate accompanist. Born in Chicago, Smith entered the professional music world at the early age of fourteen, working in various family bands in the late '40s and later in the mid-'50s with Captain Waiter H. Dyett's concert and marching bands. With firm roots grounded in the Chicago South Side music scene, Smith worked along with other emissaries and visionaries such as tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) - including trumpeter Lester Bowie, percussionist Don Moye, pianist/organist/vocalist Amina Claudine Myers, multi-instrumentalist Joseph Jarman, and a host of other jazz and blues players from the era. He has since become a part of an essential element in the development and definition of Afro-American music, having been a central voice in the bands of Max Roach (M'Boom) and Muhal Richard Abrams, as well as Charles Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Sam Rivers. He's also backed Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, and Aretha Franklin. For more information, visit www.geocities.com/studiowis http://www.geocities.com/studiowis
Among percussionists only Max Roach has explored as many venues as Smith." -Cadence
Composer/drummer/percussionist, Kevin Norton has performed his music internationally for almost 20 years and has released nearly a dozen recordings as leader. Always engaged in bringing a wider pallet of sounds and rhythms to jazz and new music, Norton's music as a player and composer pushes beyond stylistic boundaries, offering original and challenging music that is rooted in tradition and unpretentious. He has played with Anthony Braxton for the last ten years, with whom he investigates traditional jazz repertoire with a fresh and exciting perspective. Norton has also worked with Milt Hinton, Mark Dresser, James Emery, Paul Dunmall, Paul Rogers, Fred Frith, Eugene Chadbourne, and many other unique musicians.
...Kevin Norton is one of the most inventive and consistently musical drummer/percussionist(s) playing today
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