Joe Deninzon Trio Debut CD and Tour


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Violinist Joe Deninzon and his trio will be releasing their debut CD, “Exuberance," in February of 2010 and will be touring in the Midwest February 10-21 in support of the new release. Tour dates include Indianapolis, Cleveland, Bloomington, Cincinnati.

The Joe Deninzon Trio is comprised of violinist Joe Deninzon, bassist Robert Bowen, and guitarist Stephen Benson. On tour the group will be joined by drummer Lucianna Padmore.

The goal of the EXUBERANCE sessions was to capture the essence of three musicians in a room, playing live with no overdubs and no “production." The group draws influences from jazz stylists including the gypsy explorations of Django Reinhardt and the hot swing of violinist Stephane Grappelli along with rock and pop standards of the past 50 years including compositions from Steely Dan, Alice in Chains, and Radiohead. It asks the question, “What if artists such as Django Reinhardt were alive today and creating their unique interpretations of music they heard on the radio?"

One of the group's original songs, “Sun Goes Down" (featuring Luba on lead vocals), has been featured in the independent film, “What's Up Scarlet?" and a recent winner in the Jazz category of the Billboard and John Lennon International Songwriting Contests.

About the group

Best known for his work on the 7-string electric violin and lead singing with the rock group Stratospheerius, Joe Deninzon plays acoustic violin in this Trio. Joe has performed as a solo violinist with the New York City Ballet, and on album or in concert with Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Jane Monheit, Everclear, Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple, Smokey Robinson, and Les Paul. A 10-time BMI Jazz Composer's grant recipient and a winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, his original music has been used on CMT, MTV VH1, Comedy Central, National Geographic, the Travel Channel and the History Channel. He will be teaching rock violin summer 2010 in Mark O'Conner's String Camp in New York, and is writing a book about the electric violin for Mel Bay Publications.

Bassist Robert Bowen has played with Clark Terry, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Mark Murphy, Art Lande, Vassar Clemens, Roseanna Vitro, Mike Clark, Jack Wilkins, Eric Person's Metamorphosis, Tony Trischka and Stratospheerious. He co-leads the MOB Trio with drummer Matt Wilson and tenorman Ohad Talmor. Another collaborative project is Slog. Bob graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Music Composition from the University of Dayton, and studied in the classical double bass masters program at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and has a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. He is the bass instructor and director of the Jazz Combo Workshop at Hofstra University on Long Island NY, and helped develop the jazz prep program at the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music Queens College (CPSM), and the Manhattan-based Creative Music Workshop.

Guitarist Steve Benson is one of the most highly demanded Broadway and session guitarists in New York, being comfortable in a variety of musical settings including jazz, classical music, rock, rhythm and blues, Broadway, bluegrass, and Klezmer music. He has performed and/or recorded with Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Natalie Cole , Giora Feidmand, Jackie McLean, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukes and the American Symphony Orchestra. He currently performs on Broadway in the orchestra pits of The Lion King, Chicago, Mary Poppins and Hair. He is on the jazz faculty at Montclair State University.

Bronx New York Native Drummer Lucianna Padmore has been praised by Modern Drummer magazine for the “Deep grooves and serious fusion chops." She has been playing the Drums since the age of nine. Her musical playing styles range from jazz and hip-hop, to funk and rock fusion. Lucianna is an alumnus of LaGuardia High School for Music and the Performing Arts as well as the New School University. While in school, she received awards from Jazz at Lincoln center and BMI for outstanding soloing /jazz improvisation. An active drummer on stage and in the studio, Lucianna has been involved in many different projects in the New York scene. Performing highlights include jazz tuba player Bob Stewart, opening for Shirley Horn, Chico Debarge, Amel Larrieux, Kelis, James Spaulding, Bertha Hope, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Sun Ra Archestra, Josh Rosemen Quintet, Oscar Peterson trio, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, to name a few. Lucianna has toured in Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Morocco and Haiti.

Miss Padmore currently plays in the rock fusion band Stratospheerius with electric violinist Joe Deninzon, appearing on their last two CD's, “Live Wires" and “Headspace", as well as their upcoming release. She also plays on the Primordial Jazz Funktet album, “We are Here". Lucianna was recently featured in a book about drummers called “Sticks and Skins".

Tour Dates

Wednesday, Feb 10th
7:30-8:30 P.M.
Be Vocal
503 3rd Street
Hoboken NJ 07030
$30 a la carte. $200 for whole music series (First Wednesday of every month)

Tuesday, Feb 16th, 2010
Performing as part of the International Competition of Indianapolis Laureate Series
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center.
Lilly Hall. 450 West Ohio St.
Indianapolis, IN 46201.
7:30 P.M.
For ticket info, call 317-637-4574

Wednesday, Feb 17th
Bear's Place
1316 East 3rd Street
Bloomington, IN 47401-3778
(812) 339-3460
9:00 P.M.
$3 cover

Thursday, Feb 18th
Blue Wisp Jazz Club
318 Eighth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202-4310

(513) 241-9477
7:30 P.M.
$5 cover

Friday, Feb 19th, 9:00 P.M. and 10:30 P.M. sets
12387 Cedar Road
Cleveland, OH 44106-3153
(216) 795-0550
Two sets at 9:00 P.M. and 10:30 P.M.
$15 cover

Saturday, Feb 20th, 1:00-3:00 P.M.
The Jive
1014 State Street
Erie, PA 16501-1804
(814) 454-5483

Saturday, Feb 20th
Youngstown, OH TBA

“If the violin has a future in Jazz and Rock, it is with Joe Deninzon" --RELIX Magazine

“As at home in the world of Grappeli and Oconner as he is in the world of Steve Vai and Jimi Hendrix, Joe Deninzon may very well be our next national violin treasure!!" --Jedd Beaudoin

This story appears courtesy of Anne Leighton.
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