Cindy Blackman and Explorations Live at the Jazz Standard/NYC August 17th and 18th, 2010


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Drummer, Bandleader, & Recording Artist, Cindy Blackman will be performing with her Group, Explorations at The Jazz Standard in New York on Tuesday and Wednesday August 17th and 18th, 2010.

Set Times are 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

Cindy Blackman's Explorations
Antoine Roney--tenor saxophone
Marc Cary--keyboards
Zaccai Curtis--keyboards
Rashaan Carter--bass
Cindy Blackman--drums

Yes, Cindy Blackman is a great drummer--just ask Pharaoh Sanders, Sam Rivers, Lenny Kravitz, or Joss Stone, to name but a few of the artists she's worked with. But she's also a complete musician who has released nine albums as a leader, including her new release Another Lifetime (Four Quarters), a dedication to the drumming master Tony Williams. Cindy arrives on our stage fresh from recent galvanizing performances with “Bitches Brew Revisited," the electric Miles Davis tribute group also featuring James Blood Ulmer, Graham Haynes, and DJ Logic.

“Dynamics, taste, melody, articulation & time are what Cindy Blackman is all about."-George Carroll--Ejazz News

Cindy Blackman Bio:

Born in Ohio and raised in Connecticut, Cindy began her musical career as a New York street performer. She spent three semesters at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and also studied with legendary teacher Alan Dawson. Cindy moved to New York City in the 80's and since that time, she has been seen and heard by millions of people all over the world performing with her own group and during her 15 year stint with retro funk rocker Lenny Kravitz, since 1993. In 1998, Cindy released her first drumming instructional video entitled, “Multiplicity" through Warner Brothers publications.

Cindy has been touted as “one of the hottest drummers in the business, by the Star-Gazette and is regarded as one of the top drummers in the world. She is a solid, dependable drummer who can easily move from straight-ahead jazz to rock to funk and back again. She's upheld the backbeat and created texture for a veritable “Who's Who" in jazz: Jackie McLean, Joe Henderson, Don Pullen, Hugh Masekela, Pharaoh Sanders, Sam Rivers, Cassandra Wilson, Angela Bofill, Bill Laswell, Buckethead.

“Some drummers act, some react. Some keep time, others create it. Cindy Blackman is among the few who can...." said the late Mike Zwerin of the International Herald Tribune. Talking Drum said, “You can be assured that Ms. Blackman will be around for a long time to come.." She is thunder. She is fire. She is energy. She is passion. She is Cindy Blackman. According to Cindy herself, “The life of music is bigger than all of us."

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