Pianist /Composer Randy Klein to Perform with His "Two Duos" Ensemble April 9th, 2010


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Pianist /Composer Randy Klein will be performing with his “Two Duos" ensemble (featuring the great Chris Washburne on Trombone & Ole Mathisen on saxophone) at Klavierhaus in NYC on April 9th, 2010 at 7 pm in celebration of his upcoming new CD release on Jazzheads Records titled “ Sunday Morning."

Randy Klein - Piano
Chris Washburne- Trombone
Ole Mathisen - Saxophone

'Sunday Morning' is the first in a series of CD recordings by Randy Klein titled, 'Two Duos'. This recording features trombonist, Chris Washburne and Russian saxophonist, Oleg Kireyev, in an interpretive solo setting with piano accompaniment by Randy Klein. The music, composed by Klein, is both eclectic and original.

The 'Two Duos' series will consist of ongoing recordings in duet settings between Klein and a growing list of improvising soloists, which currently consists of Chris Washburne, trombone; Oleg Kireyev, saxophone and coming soon Kenny Davis, bass. The music for the series, composed by Klein, is captivating and powerful, and is meant to feature the soloist as well as the accompanist in a rare setting that is extremely exposed.

About Randy Klein:

Randy Klein is an accomplished pianist, composer, record producer and the president of Jazzheads Records, an independent record label featuring improvised jazz.He is the winner of four Southern Regional Emmy Awards:1996 - for the original score to the 90 minute film-documentary titled Richard Wright(Black Boy) PPS/BBC. He won the 1998 1999 and 2002 Southern Regional Emmy Awards in the category of “Outstanding Collaborative Achievement for Composer" for his work on Ticktock Minutes (PBS). Ticktock Minutes is the winner of the 1999 National Emmy Award for Best Public Service Announcement. He has been nominated for a 1998 Jerry Boch Award for his theater composition. He is the winner of the USA Songwriting Competition 2005 in the Jazz category and top two in the overall category for his composition “Data".He is the winner of gold records for songs recorded by Polydor recording artist Millie Jackson, and composed and produced the dance hit “Watch The Closing Doors" for the RCA group IRT. He has had songs recorded by Candy Staton, Sarah Dash (formerly of LaBelle), the rap group Black Sheep, Memphis Bleak and Sesame Street.His documentary film scores include: National Emmy winner Free To Dance (PBS Great Performances) and National Emmy winner Beyond Tara - The Extraordinary Life Of Hattie McDaniel (American Movie Classics).His song cycle featuring the poetry of American author, Margaret Walker was featured at the 2004 Furious Flower Poetry Festival at James Madison University and the University of Kansas.His recordings include: Randy Klein's Jazzheads (Jazzheads), Underground Romantic (Jazzheads), Just My Imagination (Slider Music) and Love Notes From The Bass (Jazzheads), Broadway Remembers (Main Street Productions), How Sweet It Is, Rock-A-Bye Baby (Rock Candy Music), Invitation In (Jazzheads), Piano Christmas (Jazzheads) and The Flowing (Jazzheads).

His musical theater works include Move!, a dance musical commissioned by the Royal Theatre Carre', Amsterdam (premiered April, 1992); I Don't Do Club Dates, staged reading at the Victory Theater September, 1991 by the National Musical Theater Network and at the John Harms Center for the Arts, Englewood, NJ, January 1994; and Capture The Moon, based on the Eastern European folklore stories of the Wise Men of Chelm. In 1989, I Don't Do Club Dates earned Randy a BMI Foundation grant for artistic promise in theater composition; Falling Apart, a chamber musical utilizing elements of both musical theater and the jazz concert; Bucky And His Friends, a full-length contemporary vaudeville show for stage, video and CD; The Thing About Joe, an original musical about a man who dreams of becoming a great maitre'd.He is a member emeritus of the advanced BMI Lehman Engel Musical TheaterWorkshop, The Dramatists Guild, NARAS and an alumnus/visiting artist at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Randy Klein is an exclusive Steinway artist.His music compositions and piano playing can best be described as the best of eclecticism. The genres included in Randy Klein's musical repertoire are: solo piano improvisations, jazz compositions with and without lyrics, songs for musical theatre shows, music for children's educational TV, music for film and documentaries, R&B, pop, country and novelty songs, and improvisational synthesizer works.He demands a high degree of excellence from his own work and those that he works with. The result is always great music.

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