Tom Varner Quartet, Adam Lane Quartet, and John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet at Philadelphia's Tritone


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Monday, September 30
Tom Varner Quartet
Tom Varner-french horn
Tony Malaby-tenor saxophone
Cameron Brown-bass
Matt Wilson-drums

Performing music from Second Communion (OmniTone Records), a celebration of the music of Don Cherry, including a new look at Don Cherry's Complete Communion. This dynamic quartet features Tony Malaby (Paul Motian, Tim Berne) on tenor, Cameron Brown (who actually performed Complete Communion in Cherrys band as a 19-year-old in Copenhagen) on bass, and drummer Matt Wilson (whose melodically colorful drumwork is often compared to Ed Blackwell, Cherrys longtime drummer).

more info: www.tomvarnermusic.com / www.omnitone.com

Monday, October 7
Adam Lane Quartet featuring John Tchicai, Barry Altschul, and Paul Smoker
John Tchicai-alto saxophone
Paul Smoker-trumpet
Adam Lane-bass
Barry Altschul-drums

Adam Lanes blend of music and performance art takes listeners on a well-orchestrated joyride of horns, strings, electronics, spoken word, and the occasional vacuum cleaner. He has released two recordings of his ensemble music (Cadence Jazz Records) and has collaborated with free jazz pioneer John Tchicai (Buzz Records) and Pop legend Tom Waits. His forthcoming projects include FO(U)R BEING(S) by the Adam Lane Quartet, featuring John Tchicai, Paul Smoker and Barry Altschul (C.I.M.P), DUO MUSIC with Blaise Siwula (Cadence Jazz) and NOWHERE ZEN: Chamber Works and Solo Statements (Evander Music).

Afro-Danish American composer/saxophonist John Tchicai has recorded with both John Coltrane ("Ascension") and John Lennon ("Life with Lions"). He founded the New York Art Quartet and Cadentia Nova Danica. Currently based in Davis, CA, he is the first recipient of a lifetime grant for jazz performance from the State of Denmark.

Paul Smoker has been a member of the University of Iowa Center for New Music, the Iowa Brass Quintet, SOMA, and presently appears in duo formats with pianists Beverly Smoker and Borah Bergman. In addition to his own projects as a leader (Paul Smoker Trio and Brass Group) and co-leader (with Vinny Golia), he is a member of Anthony Braxton's Tricentric Orchestra and ensembles led by Phil Haynes, Gregg Bendian, and Damon Short.

Barry Altschul has performed and recorded with Paul Bley, Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Dave Holland, Chick Corea, and Sam Rivers. His contribution to the avant-garde has been unprecedented.

Friday, October 11
Claudia Quintet
Chris Speed-tenor saxophone/clarinet
Matt Moran-vibraphone
Ted Reichman-accordion
Drew Gress-bass
John Hollenbeck-drums

Founding member/composer/percussionist John Hollenbeck performed and/or recorded with Meredith Monk, Bob Brookmeyers New Art Orchestra, and the Cuong Vu Trio. He has also frequently performed with the Maria Schneider Big Band, the BMI Orchestra, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Michael Moore, Achim Kaufmann, and Jim McNeely.

“John is one of the most brilliant musicians I've had the privilege of working with." -- Meredith Monk
“John is taking drumming to a new place-[he] is moving right along and carving his own niche." -- Bob Brookmeyer
“John Hollenbeck is one of the most efficient, well-rounded percussionists to come along in recent years." -- Dave Liebman

Vibraphonist and composer Matt Moran “plays the vibraphone like a speed-chess master, always darting off into flurries of ingenious, unexpected activity" (Village Voice). He has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as Lionel Hampton, Paul Bley, Combustible Edison, Ellery Eskelin, and Merita Halili. Moran's sound is integral to an innovative group of New York musicians who blur the boundaries of composition, improvisation, and folk traditions.

A resident of Brooklyn since 1992, Chris Speed made his initial contribution to New York City music as a member of Tim Berne's bloodcount. He has since worked with Myra Melford (The Same River Twice), Dave Douglas (Witness, Sextet and Sanctuary), Ben Perowsky (BPTrio), Steven Bernstein (MTO), John Zorn and Mark Dresser.

Chris's own bands include Pachora, a BalkanRom influenced band with three recordings on Knitting Factory Records (Ast, Unn and Pachora); yeah NO, which has three CDs on Songlines (Emit, Deviantics and yeah, No), and Trio Iffy, which debuted in 2000 on KFR.

The past year he has been touring with Uri Caine, Slavic Soul Party, Alas No Axis, the Claudia Quintet, Pachora, Man Bites Dog(from Amsterdam) and Sultry(I).

Ted Reichman has the versatility to make the accordion work in klezmer (with David Krakauer), free jazz (he has recorded a duo CD with Anthony Braxton), and pop (Paul Simon). More importantly for Claudia, he is a team player - willing to sacrifice his ego to make the group and its melodies sound lush.

more info: www.johnhollenbeck.com

All performances at:

1508 South Street
Philadelphia, PA
8PM / $12

These shows are an Ars Nova Workshop presentation.

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