Violinist Benjamin Sutin, and his septet Klazz-Ma-Tazz will bring their jazz/klezmer blend to New York's acclaimed music venue, The City Winery on Sunday, February 14th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. This Valentines Day event is part of the Winery's Klezmer Brunch series. In lieu of the holiday, the musical program will feature new arrangements of love songs from around the world sang by special guest Asia Mieleszko, as well as selections from Fiddler On The Roof, a display of some of Klazz-Ma- Tazz's newest original material and selections from their debut album, Tangibility, released in September, 2015 on OneTrickDog* Records. The album, which includes several examples of Sutin's original work, has been praised for its dynamic compositions, improvisation, multi-cultural spirit and a sense of nostalgic novelty. Tracks from Tangibility are regularly being played in rotation on FM stations across the U.S. While rooted in jazz idioms, their music reflects influences from around the world, particularly from the diverse ethnic backgrounds of the group's members. Fred Stal (RG Magazine), described the sold- out CD release sets at The Cornelia Street Cafe: Going in, I knew it would be a great experience, but the performance far exceeded my expectations. This band is honest in their approach to what they do, paying an eclectic homage to their roots, which encompass a broad variety of elements and styles of music. Wild, yet reserved, the music of Klazz- Ma-Tazz will surprise you, excite you, and calm you, all in one sitting."
City Winery is located at 155 Varrick Street between Spring Street and Vandam Street. Tickets can be purchased in advance at citywinery.com. Admission is $10.00 for live music. Children 13 and under are free for music. Doors open at 10:00 am. Music to start at 11: 00 am and play to 2:00 pm with an intermission.
Klazz-Ma-Tazz was founded by violinist and composer Benjamin Sutin, in 2014. In addition to Sutin on violin, band members include: saxophonist and clarinetist Elijah Shiffer, pianist Ben Rosenblum, guitarist Grant Goldstein, bassist Mathew Muntz, drummer Matt Scarano, tabla player, Ani Challa, and current touring drummer Tim Rachbach.
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Sutin, who is currently based in New York City, began his career in Philadelphia, where he studied with legendary jazz violinist, John Blake Jr. Sutin has since had the privilege of performing in venues such as NJPAC’s Victoria Theater, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Microsoft Theater, the Nassau Coliseum, Oracle Center, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival and many more. Sutin has performed with Tran-Siberian Orchestra, Arijit Singh, Larry Harlow, Bobby Sanabria, Pandit Samir Chatterjee, Ronnie Burrage, Benito Gonzalez, George Burton, Diane Monroe and Tommy Byrnes. Finally, he has garnered acclaim in the jazz violin community from the likes of Jean Luc Ponty, Regina Carter, Christian Howes and Sara Caswell. On hearing Sutin, Caswell wrote, “his adventurous musical lines and underlying creative energy left me feeling that I had witnessed a unique voice destined for something great.”
OneTrickDog* is a small independent record label, specializing in jazz, jazz fusion, and occasional blues. The members are a loose collective of recording artists, graphic designers, sound engineers and composers. The label is affiliated with Avidon Audio Labs (which has tracked, mixed and mastered numerous jazz, classical and blues albums, and film sound tracks). Several of the members work as a production team, doing original screenplays, videography and sound work. In 2014, OneTrickDog* released three new albums (crosstalk by Andres Boiarsky, Second Row Behind the Painter by Roy Assaf Trio, and Interloper by Jonathan Parker). In the summer of 2015, they released Tangibility by Klazz-Ma-Tazz, and they look forward to the release this fall of Loving Losing, by People vs. Larsen, and When I Was A Child, by trumpeter Wayne Tucker. In 2016, they plan to release a series featuring established jazz artists with up and coming artists.