New York’s Baha’i Center Dec 9th
53 E 11th St, 8 PM
Admission is $15.00 per show, $10.00 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased by credit card only by calling 212-222-5159.
Jon Burr – bass, leader | Tim Ouimette-trpt | Steven Frieder-sax | Mike Eckroth-piano | Alvester Garnett-drums
Playing music from the quintet’s recent web-only release (jonburrquintet.com), this concert by the Quintet on the Jazz at Baha’i series marks their NYC live performance debut.
Many of the compositions are based on the chord schemes of jazz standards. Jon Burr’s tunes “All The Things You Ate,” “Cherry Keys,” “Savoy Fare,” and “Out of This Word” have titles hinting at the source of their harmonic progressions, as does Mike Eckroth’s “Always Let Me Go.” After many years of playing these standards, the members had developed their own fresh insights into the harmony, creating a feeling that is at once traditional yet revolutionary. Composing alternative melodies to popular song progressions is deeply rooted in jazz tradition. The band’s subtle modifications in harmonic scheme make the progressions of the chords not obviously recognizable, while at the same time familiar.
The “cover” songs are Jon’s arrangements of more popular songs that fit within the overall feeling of the group’s music. The gritty directness of Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t Worry About A Thing,” Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day,” and Ervin Drake’s “It Was A Very Good Year” fit well in the playlist. The other originals are two blues-form based tunes, one of them Jon’s “Break Out The Blues” and Steven Frieder’s “Fried Blues.”
Jon Burr has toured with Horace Silver, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Art Farmer, Stephane Grappelli, Tony Bennett, Houston Person, The Manhattan Jazz Quintet and many others. He’s active as a composer, arranger and producer, active in web design and development, and as a healthy cooking advocate.
Tim Ouimette (trumpet) is a veteran of the Ray Charles big band and has worked with Keith Richard, Delbert McClinton, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Mike Clark, Lenny White, Ray Barretto, Danny Aeillo, and hundreds of TV shows and jingles for all variety of media.
Steven Frieder (tenor sax) is graduate of The New School, has performed extensively, including at the Bern Festival in Switzerland (opening for McCoy Tyner) venues in the New York area, including Fat Cat, Highlights In Jazz, and the Peekskill Jazz Festival. His stylistic range is wide, from Clarence Clemons to John Coltrane, with influences of Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, and Sonny Rollins.
Mike Eckroth (piano) has toured extensively with the John Scofield new quartet. Michael is also currently working on his PhD at NYU. Recent audio/DVD recordings include Mike Eckroth Group “Sombrío”. Michael has performed at the Jazz al Parque Festival in Colombia, the Havana international Jazz Festival in Cuba, the Savassi Jazz festival in Brazil, the Lagos Jazz series in Nigeria and the Jazz Improv Festival in NYC.
Alvester Garnett has appeared on Great Performances on PBS in a tribute to Kurt Weill. Garnett has played with Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, Regina Carter, Clark Terry, Pharoah Saunders, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Teddy Edwards, James Carter, Cyrus Chestnut, Charenee Wade, Lou Donaldson, Benny Golson, Al Grey, Rodney Jones, and Sherman Irby, among others.