Eddie Daniels 65th Birthday Celebration Oct. 19-22 at The Iridium Jazz Club


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1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121,
8:30 & 10:30PM, Fri. & Sat. 3rd Sets at Midnight

Oct. 19-22
Joe Locke vibes, David Finck bass, Joe LaBarbera drums
Live Recording For IPO Recordings This Week at Club!

The Iridium Jazz Club and IPO Recordings are pleased to present world-renowned clarinetist and tenor saxophonist Eddie Daniels in his first New York City club appearance in over a decade.

Eddie, who will turn 65 on October 19th has this to say about this appearance: “At my appearance at the Iridium, I will be featuring some of the music from my new IPO CD Mean What You Say, which featured my return to the tenor saxophone after having made the clarinet my voice for so many years. The sets at the Iridium will also feature the clarinet and tenor in a new setting with vibist Joe Locke,and pianist Tom Ranier, bassist Dave Finck, and drummer Joe LaBarbera. For me this group will bring a new sound to today's jazz, with some of the music remembering the MJQ ... the soft beautiful lyrical quality ... with some hard driving qualities of today's music. We will perform some of the great standards, and some original material written for this quintet.I am also pleased that the great alto saxophonist Paquito DeRivera and my fellow clarinet colleagues Ken Peplowski and Ron Odrich will be joining me on opening night."

Eddie Daniels is that rarest of rare musicians who is not only equally at home in both jazz and classical music, but excels at both with breathtaking virtuosity.

Expert testimony from the jazz world comes from the eminent jazz critic Leonard Feather, who said of Eddie, “It is a rare event in jazz where one man can all but reinvent an instrument bringing it to a new stage of revolution."

From the classical side, Leonard Bernstein once said, “Eddie Daniels combines elegance and virtuosity in a way that makes me remember Arthur Rubenstein. He is a thoroughly well-bred demon."

Eddie first came to the attention of the jazz audience as a tenor saxophonist with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra. When Thad and Mel first organized their band in 1966 to play Monday nights at the Village Vanguard in New York (where it still plays), Eddie was one of the first musicians they called. Later that year, he sank $400 in a round-trip flight to Vienna to enter the International Competition for Modern Jazz, a contest organized by the pianist Fredrich Gulda and sponsored by the city of Vienna, and won first prize on saxophone. He continued working with Thad and Mel over the next several years and toured Europe extensively with them.

A single clarinet solo recorded with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis orchestra on Live at the Village Vanguard garnered sufficient attention for him to win Downbeat Magazine's International Critics New Star on Clarinet Award. This conversion to clarinet was not new, for Eddie began clarinet at age 13 and received his Masters in Clarinet from Juilliard. Winning numerous Grammy awards and nominations, Eddie Daniels revolutionized the blend of jazz and classical.

Eddie Daniels is clearly a renaissance musician, a virtuoso in both jazz and classical music, recipient of unreserved accolades from his peers, from critics, and from the public. Eddie's overriding ambition is to reach as many people as possible with his music, to enlarge the audience for both jazz and classical music and at the same time to tear down the walls separating them. In Eddie's hands, the music of Mozart can be as engaging as that of Charlie Parker and a concert featuring both can be a uniquely rewarding experience for the audience.

This story appears courtesy of Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services.
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