(NEW YORK, NY) The 149-room Kitano New York Hotel has teamed up with 441 Records, a new and innovative record label with a reputation of supporting and promoting top quality jazz, blues and electronic music, to present two all-star jazz performances on October 1st and 2nd by the Joe Farnsworth All-Stars with special guest Curtis Fuller, as announced by Hans Basse, General Manager.
The performances, which officially kick-off the hotel's fall season weekly live jazz performances, coincide with the release of Mr. Farnsworth's new CD It's Prime Time. Each performance features two sets, with the first set from 9:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. and the second set from 10:45 p.m. to midnight. A cover charge of $15.00 per person and drink minimum of $10.00 is required for the special performances. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling the hotel at (212) 885-7000.
Joe Farnsworth, arguably one of the finest young jazz drummers of today, began taking drum lessons in fourth grade. His passion for the drums intensified as he listened to recordings by Buddy Rich, the Count Basie band and other jazz greats. But it wasn't until he heard recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, featuring legendary drummer Tony Williams that he decided on a career as a jazz drummer. As a youngster, Joe studied with legendary drummer Alan Dawson who also taught a young Tony Williams. In the mid-1980's, Joe went on to study with the great drummer Art Taylor while attending William Patterson College in New Jersey, which was a short commute from the jazz clubs of Manhattan.
Throughout his career, Mr. Farnsworth has been supporting venerable jazz legends on the drums by creating tight and steady rhythms for the groups. However, in It's Prime Time, Mr. Farnsworth has taken center stage. Many of his longtime performing colleagues, including pianists Harold Mabern and David Hazeltine, have composed brand new tunes for his latest album that showcase Mr. Farnsworth's talents. In turn, Mr. Farnsworth finds beauty in the art of being part of the rhythmic section. With strong backing, tight and steady beats; he incorporates various subtle changes in dynamics, while keeping to his traditional style of jazz.
Performing with the Joe Farnsworth All-Stars both evenings is featured trombonists and jazz music legend, Curtis Fuller. Considered one of the great trombonists in the history of jazz music, Mr. Fuller has performed with legendary musicians such as Cannonball Adderly, Junior Mance, Jimmy Smith, Bud Powell, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, to name just a few. Curtis Fuller was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1934. He quickly established himself within the Detroit jazz community by the tender age of 22. In 1957, Mr. Fuller was recruited for recordings with Paul Quinchette in New York City and, later that summer, appeared on Blue Train with John Coltrane. He went on to record his own album The Opener on the Blue Note label. Incredibly, after just eight months in New York City, Mr. Fuller recorded six albums as a leader and appeared on 15 others. He co-founded The Jazztet along with Benny Golson, Art Farmer and McCoy Tyner. Later, he would join Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, one of the most exciting and distinctive bands in the history of hard bop. Over the years, Mr. Fuller has performed around New York at Blue Note dates with other great jazz musicians, and continues to be revered by musicians and those who love jazz music the world over.
Situated on the mezzanine level of The Kitano New York Hotel is the intimate and quaint Bar Lounge, home to weekly live jazz performances by some of the genre's renowned up and coming musicians. Set within the backdrop of Park Avenue and midtown Manhattan's landmark buildings, the melodious rhythms of jazz emanates from this enclave, which has quickly become a favorite venue of jazz connoisseurs, hotel guests and New Yorkers alike. Upon the launch of the new season in October, guests can enjoy two sets of impressive live jazz performances every Wednesday through Friday at the Bar Lounge, with no cover charge and a $10 drink minimum.
We are pleased to inaugurate another season of great jazz music performed by legends and up and coming musicians," said Hans Basse, General Manager of the Kitano New York Hotel. It is a privilege and honor to host some of the world's greatest jazz musicians as well as to showcase this great music. The new season heralds the arrival of more great jazz music and performers at the Kitano."
For more information and reservations contact The Kitano New York Hotel call 212-885-7000, 1-800-548-2666 or log onto www.kitano.com.
The Kitano New York opened its doors in 1973 as New York's first Japanese hotel. Thirty-one years later it remains the first and only Japanese owned hotel and has become an integral part of one of Manhattan's historic neighborhoods, Murray Hill. Located on fashionable Park Avenue at 38th Street, the 18-story hotel towers over some of New York City's most magnificent turn-of-the-century dwellings, offering spectacular views of city landmarks. The hotel features 149 guestrooms, including 17 contemporary suites and a one-of-a-kind Japanese Tatami Suite. The Kitano New York is home to the critically acclaimed Nadaman Hakubai restaurant where traditional Kaiseki delicacies are served. The Kitano New York is also home to live Jazz music featuring live performances by legendary Jazz musicians who descend upon the hotel's bar lounge weekly to perform classic and contemporary Jazz music. The Kitano New York is a member of Summit Hotels & Resorts, a consortium of deluxe hotels worldwide. For more information, contact The Kitano New York at 212-885-7000, 1-800-548-2666 or log onto www.kitano.com.