Following his performance and musical direction in the world premiere of LIGHTS OUT: Nat King Cole!
that debuted in Pennsylvania late last year, pianist Ryan Slatko
is beginning the New Year with a series of shows in support of his latest release, First Impressions
Slatko, who is a native of Florida and recent graduate of New York University, released the album last fall. It is a culmination of the young musicians’ experiences thus far, and showcases an impressive line-up including Daniel Dickinson
(alto/soprano saxophone); Linda May Han Oh
(acoustic bass); Ulysses Owens, Jr.
(drums); Joel Ross
(vibraphone); and Samir Zarif
(tenor saxophone); it was produced by Ulysses Owens, Jr. and recorded at Sear Sound Studio in New York.
His first performance will take place 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 9th at Shape Shifter Lab with his quartet featuring Ari Hoenig
(drums), Matt Penman
(bass), and Todd DelGiudice
(alto saxophone); a second set will follow at 10:30 p.m. Later the same month, Slatko will appear at Minton’s Jazz Club in Harlem on January 23rd with Alex Claffy
(bass) and Mike Piolet
(drums); sets are at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Slatko continues to perform at new venues in-and-around the Tri-State area and will be adding additional dates in the coming months. For the latest updates and more information visit his website
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