A Knupp & Watson & Wallman Music Celebrations Series Event Columbia Artist Management LLC and George Wein present
Piano Jazz Summit featuring
Jacky Terrasson • Cedar Walton • Hiromi Columbia Artists Management LLC Tim Fox / Alison Ahart Williams 1790 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
TUE, MAR 22, 2011 |
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JACKY TERRASSON Ever since pianist extraordinaire Jacky Terrasson burst upon the jazz scene in 1993 by winning the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition, he has consistently performed and recorded richly refined and remarkably freespirited music. Terrasson is a two time Grammy nominee (Kindred, Best Jazz Album, 2001 and Into The Blue, 2004 with Emmanuel Pahud) and has added a host of awards to his cache including 2003 Best Jazz Artist of the Year (Prix Django Reinhardt, Academie de Jazz), Best Jazz Album of the Year for Smile (Victoire de Jazz) and two Django d’Or awards for Best Jazz Album and Best Artist. Terrasson released Push (Concord) in 2010 featuring his exciting new trio with bassist and Monk Competition winner Ben Williams and noted drummer Jamire Williams. The Village Voice speaks of their “enviable chemistry that flaunts a striking balance between
the pianist’s exclamation-smitten right hand and the buoyancy of his rhythm section.” The trio brings an alluring range of original compositions and signature arrangements including the infectious adaptation of “Smile” and the bass feature medley of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and “Smoke Gets In your Eyes”. They continue to travel throughout Europe, Asia and the US.
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CEDAR WALTON Walton is one of the most universally respected jazz pianists active today, having played in the bands of Lou Donaldson, Kenny Dorham, J.J. Johnson, Art Farmer and Art Blakey, and recorded with Freddie Hubbard, John Coltrane and Joe Henderson. Since working with enchantress Abbey Lincoln, Walton has also been much in demand to accompany singers. He’s made numerous appearances as a band leader with trumpeters Dorham and Blue Mitchell, tenor saxophonists Hank Mobley, Clifford Jordan and George Coleman, bassists Ron Carter and Richard Davis, and drummers Billy Higgins and Jack DeJohnette, among other luminaries. As a player, Walton’s a postbopper. In addition to his ability as an instrumentalist, Walton has quietly amassed an impressive body of original compositions. For over six decades, Walton has worked lovingly on his craft. Walton started young, beginning to noodle on the piano by the time he was six or seven. His mother taught piano. “I started playing by ear,” remembers Walton, “and my mother said, ‘You better learn to read.’” Dutifully, he did. At Lincoln High School, Walton began playing the clarinet in the marching band. “I used to see posters for Billy Eckstine appearances, and I had an autograph collection that included Marian Anderson, Eckstine, Duke Ellington, and Lena Horne,” says Walton, who began playing professionally while still enrolled in high school. “We were jazz musicians, but we had to play a rhythm & blues style. I can remember playing in a shuffle rhythm so people could dance.” Walton tried to absorb the latest records by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, citing Art Tatum and Bud Powell as his primary influences in 4 Overture Center | Piano Jazz Summit
those days. Following high school, Walton attended Dillard College in New Orleans for a year, where Ellis Marsalis was one of his classmates. Soon after, he transferred to the University of Denver, where he began to study composition seriously. While in Colorado, Walton met and played with a number of jazz notables, including Bird which led to the pianist’s decision to move to New York in 1955. He performed everywhere, sitting in, making rehearsals, and doing small club dates. It didn’t last long, though; that year, Walton was drafted. Spending 1956-58 in the Army, Walton was stationed first at Fort Dix, where he met tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter. As a member of the Special Services, he was able to play with several good jazzmen, including Eddie Harris, with whom the pianist later recorded. Most notable of all, it was while in the service that Walton had a chance to sit in with Duke Ellington’s band. After leaving the government’s employ, Walton quickly re-established himself in New York, working in the bands of Donaldson, and then Dorham. He made his first recorded appearance with Dorham on the Riverside LP This Is the Moment. After Dorham, Walton replaced a great pianist, Tommy Flanagan, in J.J. Johnson’s sextets. These were fine bands that boasted Nat Adderley on cornet or Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, and Bobby Jaspar or Clifford Jordan on tenor sax. Walton formed some solid relations there with drummer Tootie Heath, the brother of Percy and Jimmy Heath, and Jordan, and worked frequently with both in the future. Walton then succeeded another great pianist, McCoy Tyner, with the Jazztet. This group featured trumpeter Farmer, tenor saxman Golson, and trombonist Curtis Fuller, who was later replaced by Tom McIntosh.
CEDAR WALTON It was Walton’s next job, however, that brought the pianist to the attention of the jazz public: a stint with Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers. This may have been Blakey’s best band, featuring, in addition to Walton, a front line containing Hubbard, Shorter, and Fuller. Walton calls his situation with Blakey the ultimate experience. “It was exactly the opposite of the Jazztet in that Art encouraged everyone to write, to contribute originals,” explains Walton. I flowered and developed my ability to accompany with him.“ Walton played with Blakey from 1961-64, and took advantage of the freedom to compose that Blakey gave him. Two of his compositions became title tunes for Blakey LPs, Mosaic and Ugetsu. He also wrote the title tune for Joe Henderson’s Mode for Joe. In 1965, he began backing Abbey Lincoln, who, at the time, was married to jazz
drummer extraordinaire Max Roach. Since 1966, Walton has been a leader or freelancer. In 1967 and 1968, he made Cedar, on which Dorham and tenor saxophonist Junior Cook appear, and Piano Summit Spectrum, with Blue Mitchell and Jordan. During the 70s, Walton cut several albums: Eastern Rebellion, featuring George Coleman; A Night at Boomer’s, volumes one and two with Jordan; and Breakthrough with Mobley. It was during this decade, that Walton finally started receiving the recognition he deserved as a master. He and drummer Billy Higgins have had a long and fruitful relationship, and together with bassist Ron Carter, can be heard in fine form on two albums recorded live at Sweet Basil. In 1996 and 1997, the Astor Place label released two CDs on which all the compositions are by Walton. He had been interested in arranging as a
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CEDAR WALTON youngster and did it by trial and error. Over the years, however, he learned from men like Ellington, Johnson, and Golson, and on both Composer and Roots, he’s developed his own distinctive arranging style. In 2001, Cedar signed a contract with HighNote Records. His first recording, The Promise Land, features young alto man Vincent Herring and a stellar rhythm section playing standards and Walton originals. His second recording, Latin Tinge, features the heavy-duty rhythm section of Cucho Martinez and Ray Mantilla and finds Cedar displaying a complete command of the Latin idiom — not only with Latin standards but also with a handful of originals. In 2005, Cedar returned to the HighNote studios for his very first solo piano recording since his historic Maybeck recital of 15 years ago. This recording,
Underground Memoirs, cements Cedar Walton’s reputation as one of jazz’s greatest keyboard artists. Cedar has since recorded One Flight Down and Seasoned Wood, both of which feature the quintet format that Cedar loves so well. Most recently, he has recorded Voices Deep Within which reunites Cedar with bassist Buster Williams and saxman Vincent Herring with the young Willie Jones III on drums. Cedar’s most recent honor was to be named the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master for 2010. The NEA Jazz Master is the nation’s highest honor in jazz.
Overture’s free and low-cost community and education programs are at the heart of our mission to engage the entire community in the arts. In fact, last season, these programs served more people in our community than the total number of tickets sold to all of our performances. These programs are possible only through the generosity of contributors to the Ovation Fund – people just like you who recognize the transforming benefits of the arts and want to ensure that everyone in our community can experience them. LEARN MORE WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR DONATION ONLINE AT OVERTURECENTER.COM/CONTRIBUTE. OVERTURE’S FREE AND LOW-COST COMMUNITY AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS INCLUDE: Community Ticket Vouchers, Kids in the Rotunda, Duck Soup Cinema, Take 10, International Festival, Overture Galleries, Artist Residencies, Community Arts Access Program, OnStage Performing Arts Series, The Tommy Awards, Educator Workshops, Meet the Artist, Wisconsin Writers Series and Overture After Work
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HIROMI Since her 2003 debut, Another Mind, keyboardist-composer Hiromi Uehara has electrified audiences and critics on both hemispheres. The initial buzz triggered by Another Mind in North America traveled back to her native Japan, where the album shipped gold and received the Recording Industry Association of Japan’s (RIAJ) Jazz Album of the Year Award. Her second release, Brain, won the Horizon Award at the 2004 Surround Music Awards, Swing Journal’s New Star Award, Jazz Life’s Gold Album, HMV Japan’s Best Japanese Jazz Album, and the Japan Music Pen Club’s Japanese Artist Award. Brain was also named Album of the Year in Swing Journal’s 2005 Readers Poll. In 2006, Hiromi won Best Jazz Act at the Boston Music Awards and the Guinness Jazz Festival’s Rising Star Award. She also claimed Jazzman of the Year, Pianist of the Year and Album of the Year in Swing Journal Japan’s Readers Poll for her 2006 release, Spiral. She continued her winning streak with the release of Time Control in 2007 and Beyond Standard in 2008. Both releases featured Sonicbloom, her hand-picked supergroup that included guitarist Dave “Fuze” Fiuczynski, bassist Tony Grey and drummer Martin Valihora. In 2009 she appeared on Duet, a live recording in Tokyo with pianist and mentor, Chick Corea. She also appeared on bassist Stanley Clarke’s Jazz in the Garden. In June 2009, she released two concert DVDs, both recorded in Tokyo: Hiromi Live in Concert and Hiromi’s Sonicbloom Live in Concert. Hiromi scales back to the solo piano setting with her latest album, A Place To Be, a musical travel journal of the many places around the world that have left an indelible impression on her creative sensibilities. Born in Shizuoka, Japan, in 1979, she took her first piano lessons at
age six. She learned from her piano teacher to tap into the intuitive as well as the technical aspects of music. “When she wanted me to play with a certain kind of dynamics, she wouldn’t say it with technical terms. If the piece was something passionate, she would say, ‘Play red.’ Or if it was something mellow, she would say, ‘Play blue.’” Hiromi came to the U.S. in 1999 to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, an environment that pushed the limits of her artistic sensibilities even further. Among her mentors at Berklee was veteran jazz bassist Richard Evans who co-produced Another Mind with longtime friend and collaborator Ahmad Jamal, who has also taken a personal interest in Hiromi’s artistic development. “She is nothing short of amazing,” says Jamal. “Her music, together with her overwhelming charm and spirit, causes her to soar to unimaginable musical heights.” Hiromi’s new album, A Place To Be, is more than just a chronicle of the many places around the globe where she has performed. Recorded just days before her 30th birthday in March 2009, it also represents a personal milestone. “I wanted to record the sound of my 20s for archival purposes,” she says. “I felt like the people whom I met on the road really helped me develop and mature as a musician and as a person. So in addition to making a record that represented all of these places that have inspired my music, I also wanted it to be a thank-you to those people. I feel very fortunate to have spent this part of my life traveling to all these places and making people happy.” “I don’t want to put a name on my music,” she says. “Other people can put a name on what I do. It’s just the union of what I’ve been listening to and what I’ve been learning. It has some elements of classical music, it has some rock, it has some jazz, but I don’t want to give it a name.” Piano Jazz Summit | Overture Center 7
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