Guitarist Roni Ben-Hur At The Lenox Lounge In Celebration Of 'Signature'


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RED CAT PUBLICITY J a s o n B y r n e 415 85th Street, #3R, Brooklyn, NY, 11209, tel 718 921 1330 Email [email protected] ********************************************************************************* Guitarist Roni Ben-Hur Live at The Lenox Lounge Friday & Saturday – July 22 & 23 With John Hicks on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, Leroy Williams on drums & Steve Kroon on percussion

On June 21, 2005 Reservoir Music Releases SIGNATURE The New Recording from Guitarist RONI BEN-HUR

“ . . .a talented guitarist and composer . . .” – Nate Chinen, The New York Times

“His belief in jazz as a beacon of enlightenment comes beaming through in varicolored moods ranging from his sparkling showpiece, 'Mama Bee,' to his deeply felt prayer for peace for his homeland in a composition called, 'Eretz' (Hebrew for 'land').” – Owen McNally, The Hartford Courant

“ . . . a genuine talent . . . Signature is worth seeking out.” – Nick Bewsey, Primetime

“ . . .every song on this recording is exquisite and is communicated with the utmost quality that exemplifies and resonates Roni Ben-Hur's signature sound.” – Paula Edelstein, Allmusicguide.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Brooklyn, NY) – Critically-acclaimed guitarist and composer Roni Ben-Hur will be appearing in support and celebration of his fourth CD as a leader, Signature, at The Lenox Lounge on Friday and Saturday, July 22 & 23 (sets at 9:00 PM, 10:30 PM, 12:00 AM). Ben-Hur will be appearing with the amazing band from the recording, including John Hicks on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, Leroy Williams on drums and Steve Kroon on percussion (Friday night only).

On June 21, 2005 Reservoir Music proudly releases Signature, the fourth recording from guitarist, composer, arranger, educator and author, Roni Ben-Hur. Winner of the JAZZIZ 2000 Reader’s Poll for “Best New Talent” and a favorite of jazz critics since his emergence on the scene in the 1990’s, Ben-Hur reveals on Signature his evolution and accomplishments as a composer, arranger and leader of strength and substance, whose synthesis of styles and cultural influences defy category. Signature is also Ben-Hur’s most personal statement on record yet, featuring music that is near and dear to the guitarist's heart. Throughout the recording, Ben-Hur, with John Hicks on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, Leroy Williams on drums and Steve Kroon on percussion, delivers melodically and rhythmically rich versions of originals, and compositions by Jobim, Porter, Hicks, Arlen and Heitor Villa-Lobos. With the release of Signature Roni Ben-Hur offers the world a piece of himself; a glimpse into his life, his mind and his heart, and therefore his most meaningful musical statement to date. Signature will be in stores on June 21, 2005, on Reservoir Music. “As eloquent as a cool breeze, this understated exercise in bebop equilibrium goes down so easy you might underestimate the magic. A limber and inventive guitarist, who is often heard with Barry Harris and the Elmo Hope memorial group, Ben-Hur keeps the modernist flame alive and pure. An inventive bebop romp by a guitarist who knows the changes and his own mind.” – Gary Giddins, The Village Voice

As a leader, Ben-Hur has won high praise from jazz critics around the world for his previous three recordings, Backyard (TCB-1996), Sofia's Butterfly (TCB-1998) and Anna's Dance (Reservoir Music- 2001). Cadence says, “A gorgeous offering.” Fast Taste writes, “With a crisp, controlled delivery, a sharp ear for melody and a refreshing air of originality, Ben-Hur leads the conversation." Among his most ardent admirers is award-winning writer Gary Giddins, who selected Ben-Hur's Anna's Dance as “One of the Best Jazz CD’s of 2001" in The Village Voice, describing him as “a guitarist with a low flame burning in every note.” In addition to his activities as a leader and a world-class educator, Ben-Hur has also performed and recorded as a sideman of choice with such jazz luminaries as Barry Harris, Chris Anderson, Walter Booker, Rufus Reid, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Cecil Payne, Charles McPherson, Earl May, Etta Jones, Teri Thornton, Charles Davis, Bill Doggett and Marcus Belgrave.

“When historians look back at the start of this millennium, they'll definitely single out Roni Ben-Hur as one of the best and brightest guitarists of his time -- and for all time." – Renowned jazz writer Leslie Gourse

LISTINGS INFORMATION: ***Guitarist Roni Ben-Hur Live at The Lenox Lounge Friday & Saturday – July 22 & 23 ***With John Hicks on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, Leroy Williams on drums & Steve Kroon on percussion ***Three sets nightly at 9:00 PM, 10:30 PM and 12:00 AM ***The Lenox Lounge is located at 288 Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Blvd (betw 124th & 125th Streets) in Harlem, NYC. ***Call 212 427 0243 for additional information and reservations, or click on www.lenoxlounge.com ***Tickets are $20 plus a one-drink minimum

For more information, to receive a press kit or to schedule an interview with Roni Ben-Hur, please contact Jason Byrne at Red Cat Publicity, tel 718 921 1330, email [email protected]

When surfing the web check out www.RoniBenHur.com and www.reservoirmusic.com

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