CONCERT: Influences-Billy Strayhorn w/Gary Bartz & Howard Johnson, 1/27 NYC


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The American Music Group presents

Saturday, January 27, 2001, 8:30pm
154 West 57th Street, New York City
call CarnegieCharge (212) 247-7800, tickets $15

Gary Bartz-alto saxophone & clarinet
Howard Johnson-tuba, baritone sax & bass clarinet
Dennis Mitcheltree-tenor saxophone, clarinet
Johannes Wallmann-piano
Jesse Crawford-bass
Bill McClellan-drums

A performance of Billy Strayhorn compositions arranged for the American Music Group Sextet

Rain Check
Daydream +
Far Eastern Weekend
Ballad for Very Tired and Very Sad Lotus Eaters
Strange Feeling

Isfahan *
Lotus Blossom
Johnny Come Lately
A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing
Suite for the Duo

All arrangements by Dennis Mitcheltree
except + by Howard Johnson
and * by Johannes Wallmann

*Grammy Award winning jazz saxophonist GARY BARTZ first came to New York In 1958 to attend the Julliard Conservatory of Music. Bartz has since performed with the Max Roach/Abbey Lincoln Group, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis and studio work in Los Angeles with Norman Connors and Phyllis Hyman. He continues to perform with Sphere, McCoy Tyner and as a leader of his group, NTU Troop 2000. Bartz has appeared on over 100 recordings, including 30 as a leader. Having established his own record company, OYO, his latest recording scheduled for release, Soprano Stories, will find Gary performing exclusively on the soprano saxophone in a studio quartet setting.

*DENNIS MITCHELTREE has performed with Kenny Werner, Jim McNeely, Charli Persip, Bob Moses and others. His quartet has been touring the U.S. and European jazz festivals, clubs and concert halls to critical acclaim. Mitcheltree's composition for jazz sextet and string quartet, “Suite No. 1," was presented at Carnegie Hall in 1995. His debut CD as a leader, Brooklyn, was released in 1996. A follow up CD for Altenburgh Records, Transformation, was released in 1998 and another, Union, is expected out in 2001. Mitcheltree has been a panelist for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Jazz Fellowship program and the Brooklyn Arts Council Regrant Program.

*Originally from Ohio, HOWARD JOHNSON moved to New York in the early 1960s and established hinself as the leading jazz tuba player. For two weeks he replaced Harry Carney with Duke Ellington on baritone sax. He has also performed with Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Abdullah Ibrahim, T.S. Monk, McCoy Tyner's big band and Gil Evans. In 1975, he became a member of the original ”Saturday Night Live” band, which he also organized and directed for a year. He is currently leading his own group, Gravity, a band containing six tubas, with two recent CD releases on Verve.

*In addition to leading his own group, JOHANNES WALLMANN has performed or recorded with a variety of jazz artists, including the Dennis Mitcheltree Quartet, Howard Johnson, Jeff Hirshfield, Danny Gottlieb, Jeff Andrews, Marvin “Smitty" Smith, George Garzone, Pete Yellin, and Seamus Blake, the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble, operatic tenor Dr. Francois Clemmons, the Billings Symphony Orchestra, and Canto-pop star Faye Wong. His debut release, Johannes Wallmann Quartet, is available on Mooseworks Music. A recent Canada Council Artist Grant recipient, Wallmann is currently on the jazz faculty of New York University.

*JESSE CRAWFORD has performed with Ken McIntyre and his Contemporary African-American Music Orchestra, in addition to being a longtime member of the Dennis Mitcheltree Quartet. Born in Chicago and raised in New York, Crawford has also played with Craig Harris, Charli Persip, Sonny Fortune, Cecil Bridgewater and Dennis Charles.

*BILL McCLELLAN has recorded with Greg Osby and Cassandra Wilson for albums released on the Blue Note label and with guitarist Anthony Peterson and Dennis Mitcheltree. He has led his own group featuring his original compositions for performances in NYC. An eclectic drummer, he has performed with Sonny Rollins, Dave Holland, Henry Threadgill, Peter Gabriel, Mike Stern, Oliver Lake and the Michael Hill Blues Band.

Special thanks to Walter van de Leur, David Hajdu and Michael Hashim.

This event is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of BAC/Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. which is made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. This event is also made possible with generous donations from individual contributors.
Upcoming performances:

MUSIC OF HOWARD JOHNSON w/Howard Johnson featuring Bruce Cox
Saturday, March 31, 2001 8pm
58 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn NY 718.499.5779

Friday, April 20, 2001 9pm
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn NY 718.636.4100

Saturday, May 4, 2001 8pm
RENEE WEILER CONCERT HALL, Greenwich House Music School
46 Barrow Street, NYC 212.242.4770

Dennis Mitcheltree will be touring in Europe in April & August/September 2001 and the U.S. in October/November 2001

American Music Group
285 Fifth Avenue, Suite 209
Brooklyn NY 11215 USA
[email protected]
Tel 718.499.5779

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