Archive for August, 2014

Myra Melford News & Upcoming Tour Dates: February 2015 Release of Snowy Egret on ENJA/Yellowbird; To Tour & Record Duo Album With Ben Goldberg; November 2014 Curator of the New Frequencies Fest: Jazz@YBCA, February 4 -7, 2015, San Francisco; Melford Retrospective at the Stone March 2015

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014


(photo by Michael Wilson)

Riding the wave of success and critical acclaim from 2013, pianist MyraMelford has continued to flourish in 2014. Last year, Melford was a recipient of both the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and the Guggenheim Fellowshipas well as a two year residency with the prestigious San Francisco cultural center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

In the coming months, Melford will showcase current projects such as her newest ensemble Snowy Egret which features cornetist Ron Miles,guitarist Liberty Ellman, bassist Stomu Takeishi, and drummerTyshawn Sorey. Snowy Egret has recorded an album which will be released on ENJA/Yellowbird with an expected release date in early 2015. OnAugust 29th, Melford and Snowy Egret will play in Chicago as part of theChicago Jazz Festival at 7:10 PM in Millennium Park. 

Myra was recently awarded an Australian Art Music Award for “Excellence In Jazz” for a recent album of piano duets, Everything Here is Possible, in which Melford played alongside the inventive Australian pianist Alister Spence. Everything Here is Possible documented the first meeting of the two pianists, and it was recorded in the midst of a tour that Melford was on with her band Trio M, with bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Matt Wilson.

Additionally, Melford’s duo with Bay-Area clarinetist Ben Goldberg, “Dialogue”, will tour on the East Coast and in South America this Fall, through a grant from United States Artists International. They will record an album with an expected, mid-2015 release date.

 (Watch a video of Melford’s Snowy Egret performing in Paris, June 2013)

On June 1, 2015, Melford will play a rare concert with two of Chicago’s most reputed improvisers, cellist Tomeka Reid and drummer Mike Reed, at the Chicago Symphony’s MusicNow Series. This concert is one of four concerts which feature jazz artists collaborating with musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This engagement will feature Melford as both performer and composer.

Upcoming Tour Dates & Events:

Aug 29Snowy Egret – Chicago Jazz Fest –
7:10pm in Millennium Park
Sept 19Duo with Taylor Ho Bynum at
 Center for New Music, SF
Sept 21Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom Angel City Jazz Festival
Oct 9 & 10Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom at 
The Outpost, Albuquerque, NM
Oct 11 & 12Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom at Dazzle, Denver, CO
Oct 17Russ Johnson’s Still Out To Lunch CD release tour: 
Edgefest, Ann Arbor, MI
Oct 18Constellation, Chicago
Oct 19University of Wisconsin, Parkside, WI
Nov 8Dialogue Ben Goldberg/Myra Melford Duo at
Maybeck Recital Hall, Berkeley, CA 3pm
Nov 14Dialogue at Firehouse 12, New Haven, CT
Nov 16: Dialogue at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, NY
Nov 19 – 30Dialogue Tour in South America, with festivals in Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Cordoba
Dec 15:
 Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom Roulette, Brooklyn
Dec 18Duo with Satoko Fujii – Brussels, Belgium – Studio Room at Bozar
Myra’s  curated festival at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Feb 4: Gala Event with Scott Amendola Ensemble (Duende, Oakland, CA)
Feb 5Henry Threadgill’s Tribute to Butch Morris: Ensemble Double Up with Jason Moran and David Virelles
Feb 6Satoko Fujii Duo: Nowake, Rudy Royston’s 303, Matana Roberts Coin Coin (with Myra Melford)
Feb 7: Jenny Scheinman solo, Lisa Mezzacappa Bait & Switch Film Noir Project with Willie Winant, Anjelique Kidjo performing songs from Eve,  Nicole Mitchell, Joelle Leandre and Myra Melford Trio, Ben Goldberg’s Orphic Machine (with Myra Melford)
MARCH 2015
March 24Tuesday: Duo with Allison Miller and Spindrift for Leroy Jenkins with Nicole Mitchell and Tyshawn Sorey
March 25Duo with Ben Goldberg and MZM with Miya Masaoka and Zeena Parkins
March 26Crush Quartet with Cuong Vu, Stomu Takeishi and Kenny Wollesen followed by Be Bread Sextet with Brandon Ross, Ben Goldberg, Cuong Vu, Stomu Takeishi and Matt Wilson
March 27Same River, Twice, with Dave Douglas, Chris Speed, Erik Friedlander and Michael Sarin (both sets)
March 28Snowy Egret with Ron Miles, Liberty Ellman, Stomu Takeishi and Ted Poor (both sets)
March 29Duo with Marty Ehrlich and original trio with Lindsey Horner and Reggie Nicholson
APRIL 2015
Dialogue European Tour (April 10 – 26)
JUNE 2015
June 1Chicago Symphony Orchestra MusicNow with Myra Melford (compositions), Tomeka Reid cello and Mike Reed drums/percussion

Swallow/Talmor/Nussbaum Garner Critical Acclaim For Second Release, Singular Curves (Auand Records); The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, The New York City Jazz Record & ArtsFuse All Rave About The Record

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014



In a recent, extensive review of Singular Curves (Auand)–the new record from the trio of bassist Steve Swallow, saxophonist Ohad Talmor and drummer Adam Nussbaum–New York Times jazz critic Nate Chinen lauded the three for their “easy chemistry…that gives ‘Singular Curves’ its claim to singularity”. Chinen not only spoke of the record’s merits on its own terms, but also situated the group amidst the history of the saxophone-bass-drums trios dating back to Sonny Rollins’Live at The Village Vanguard records from the late 1950s. Chinen notes that, “Within those parameters, even a tweak can feel like a push against established precedent”, and cites Mr. Swallow’s idiosyncratic electric-bass stylings as a main force behind the groups unique sound and approach. Chinen strikingly concludes his review by stating that, “trios usually call up triangular metaphors, so the suggestion of curvature in this album’s title feels like a subtle subversion”.


Guitarist David Ullmann’s Octet Album, Corduroy, Out Today; To Play Brooklyn Release Show For New Album at Barbès Thursday, August 28th

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014


(photo by Vincent Soyez)

“There’s a jaunty vibe to the music on the guitarist’s new Corduroy, and it’s fetching… Hats off to Ullmann the arranger/composer, who was inspired by TV show themes of his youth on this one. Melody is up front here, buoying all the action, of which there’s plenty.” -Jim Macnie, The Village Voice
“This guitarist weaves an intoxicating tale” – Downbeat 

“For his new album, “Corduroy,” the guitarist David Ullmann sought inspiration in an unlikely place: the theme songs from the television shows of his youth, in the 1970s. But rather than covering those themes, he set out to recreate their mood in original compositions,” – The New York Times

“Guitarist David Ullmann presents his luminous compositions at a release party for new album Corduroy, which features smooth, songful pieces inspired by ’70s-TV themes. Count on the heavy supporting cast, including clarinetist Chris Speed, vibraphonist Chris Dingman and trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, to bring these plush works to vivid life.” – Time Out New York

Guitarist David Ullmann’s octet recording, Corduroy, has its official release date today and to celebrate, Ullmann is bringing his star-studded ensemble to play their Brooklyn release show, on Thursday, August 28th at the Park Slope bar,Barbès. Ullmann’s concept for Corduroy stemmed out of nostalgia from the moods, feelings and sentiments conjured from the television themes of the 1970s. Indeed, the album’s title is a nod to a fabric which is particularly emblematic of that decade and is evocative of the atmosphere Ullmann’s band creates throughout the album.


Legendary Alto Saxophonist & Doris Duke Performing Artist, Oliver Lake To Play Iridium With His Big BandSeptember 13, 2014 Lake Set To Curate A Retrospective Week At The Stone October 21-26th, 2014

Monday, August 25th, 2014
“Lake takes a hint from both Duke Ellington and Oliver Nelson and creates vast colorings with the horns, which in turn he utilizes in compositions that draw on his avant-garde style.” – JazzTimes 
“Lake made a new commitment to running these large ensembles in 1998, and this disc illustrates how he has become an original voice for this format.” – Downbeat
In the Spring of 2013, legendary alto saxophonist Oliver Lake configured a big band to record his original large-ensemble compositions, which resulted in The Wheel, a record lauded for its originality and compositional vitality. Lake has re-configured this ensemble for a special one night performance, September 13, 2014, at The Iridium in Midtown Manhattan at 8 & 10 PM.
The Oliver Lake Big Band:
(All sets at 8 and 10 PM)
Oliver Lake – alto saxophone
Terry Greene –  trombone
Alfred Patterson –  trombone  
Aaron Johnson – trombone
Robert Stringer – trombone   
Darius Jones – alto sax   
Marty Ehrlich – alto sax    
James Stewart – tenor sax  
Mike Lee – tenor sax  
Alex Blake – baritone sax
Josh Evans – trumpet   
Greg Glassman – trumpet 
Nabate Isles – trumpet   
Nathan Eklund – trumpet
Yoichi Uzeki – piano
Robert Sabin – bass   
Chris Beck – drums
The Iridium is located at 1650 Broadway (at 51st St.)
New York, NY 10019

Genre Defying Group Kneebody Annouces Forthcoming US Tour Dates, Sept. 2014

Monday, August 25th, 2014


“[Kneebody] creates everything-is-welcome here music that values the structure of pop, the thrum of rock and the feel-goodness of funk as much as the improvisation of jazz. The band’s fourth album, The Line, cements its disdain for boundary setting.” — Jazz Times

“One of the smarter bands blenderizing postbop, indie rock, hip-hop and classical music — and yes, there are more than a few — Kneebody puts it all on the table with The Line.” — The New York Times

In support of their most recent record The Linetheir Concord Records debutthe iconoclastic group Kneebody will embark upon a tour of the East and West coasts. The Line, the band’s fourth album, was met with ample critical acclaim and serves as an apt representation of both Kneebody’s energetic and riveting performances and the unique compositional universe that they have carved out in their 15+ years of performing together.

Kneebody will be announcing more European dates for a forthcoming November tour, soon.


Sept. 25 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
Sept. 26 – Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY
Sept. 27 – Beantown Jazz Festival – Boston, MA
Sept. 28 – BPC (Opening for Snarky Puppy) – Boston, MA

Bassist Matt Pavolka’s Horns Band Garners Praise From New York Times, Village Voice, Time Out New York, Wondering Sound; Announces New York Concert Dates

Thursday, August 14th, 2014


(photo by Ken Micallef)

In a recent New York Times review, jazz critic Nate Chinen lauded bassist Matt Pavolka’s new record The Horns Band (Fresh Sound New Talent Records), which features cornetist Kirk Knuffke, trombonist Jacob Garchik, saxophonist Loren Stillman, and drummer Mark Ferber. Chinen notes that the album is “engrossing” and remarked that Pavolka’s compositions “accomplish a lot with earthy beauty and shifting momentum”. Time Out New York dubbed The Horns Band a “postbop mini orchestra” and Jim Macnie of The Village Voice said that “the snaky themes that are cannily bent by his “Horns Band” (‘bone, cornet, alto sax) should be a balm to anyone to finds the all-too-common frictions of modern jazz a tad obvious”. Wondering Sound quipped that Pavolka’s band posseses “appealing fluidity and lightness to the heavy sounds and the driving tempos”.


Acclaimed Canadian Singer Elizabeth Shepherd Releases Fifth Album, The Signal, Serving to Further Illustrate Her Growth As A Singer and Conceptualist The Signal To Be Released on September 30th, 2014 via Linus Entertainment

Friday, August 8th, 2014

“A hugely original musical mind at work” –Toronto Star

“Soulful coolness” –USA Today


Stream The Signal


Over 4 acclaimed albums, Elizabeth Shepherd has created a body of work praised around the world for its originality. Versed in equal parts Stevie Wonder, Salvation Army brass bands and classical sonatas, it is no surprise that this globetrotting talent has developed such a distinct voice. Along with artists like Esperanza Spalding, Becca Stevens, and Jose James she is part of a wave of jazz musicians — raised on as much hip-hop as bebop– bringing the art form to a new generation of music fans.

Shepherd arrived on the international scene in 2006 when her debut album Start To Move was voted one of the top albums of the year by the listeners of the influentialGilles Peterson Show on BBC Radio. Since then, the Montreal-based songwriter has continued to carve out her own artful, soulful and hip brand of music. Shepherd’s latest release, The Signal, is her most mature, bold and compelling vision yet. With one track flowing seamlessly into the next, The Signal is a cohesive sonic journey that gradually unveils a very personal feminist manifesto.


Drummer Dylan Ryan, Who Has Feet Firmly Planted in Indie Rock & Creative Jazz, Returns With Second Dylan Ryan/Sand LP, Circa, To Be Released September 30, 2014 via Cuneiform Records Throughout Circa, Ryan, Guitarist Timothy Young and Bassist Devin Hoff Build Upon Their Debut, An Already Inventive Take on The Guitar Power Trio, Borrowing From Elements of Rush, Fugazi, Fred Frith’s Massacre & James ‘Blood’ Ulmer

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014



“Dylan Ryan is a drummer adept at combining his jazz skills with adventurous rock, resulting in music that maintains the cerebral and visceral qualities of both.”—JazzTimes

“With a [wide] palate of sonic texture, Ryan, Young and bassist Devin Hoff offer something in between John Zorn’s raucous free-jazz and the romantic stylings of Black Sabbath.” – L.A. Weekly

Two years after the release of their acclaimed debut Sky Bleached, Dylan Ryan/Sand will release Circa on Cuneiform Records on September 30th, a purposeful continuation of the aesthetic that the group had fostered on its first record. Sand, which features guitarist Timothy Young (David Sylvian, Reggie Watts, Wayne Horvitz) and Devin Hoff (Nels Cline Singers, Yoko Ono, Cibo Matto), has a wholly unique styling, which ranges from the fearlessly improvisational to the tender; the abrasive to the understated.

Indeed, this range of influences and openness to various sonic possibilities is what initially drew Ryan to his bandmates. “I saw Tim Young play somewhat by chance in an old bar The Doors used to play in and I was so impressed that I wanted to be in a band with him immediately. He was doing a great combination of Meat Puppets meets The Dead and completely killing it. Then he sat in with our friends from Portland, The Blue Cranes, and did the most amazing ballad. I just hoped something would work out down the line with him so when I had the idea for the band I called him first.” Hoff and Ryan had long held a mutual admiration for one another’s work, and after many conversations hoping to play, they finally did, and Sand was born.


THE CELLAR AND POINT, Adventurous “Garage-Chamber” Septet Developed by Childhood Friends Joseph Branciforte and Christopher Botta, Unveils Ambitious Debut Recording, AMBIT, on Cuneiform Records.

Monday, August 4th, 2014


Still Under 30, Branciforte Known Already For Impressive Recording & Production Resumé, Including Work with Tim Berne, Ben Monder, Vijay Iyer, and Nels Cline.

Featuring Members of Cutting-Edge Contemporary Classical Ensembles JACK Quartet, Mivos Quartet, TRANSIT, Signal Ensemble.

RELEASE DATE: October 14, 2014

 To hear Ambit in a digital format of your choosing from MP3 to lossless audio,
please contact us directly for a download link and code.

Drummer/producer Joseph Branciforte and guitarist Christopher Botta had long imagined a fluid synthesis of their wide-ranging musical interests. The detail of modern concert music; the improvisational sensibilities of downtown jazz; the emotional directness of alt-rock. The production value and formal concision of pop, the head-nodding grooves of hip-hop and electronica, the immersive sonics of ambient music. Might it be possible to draw equally upon these influences, while transcending mere collage? How could these manifold musical experiences be distilled into a personal, unified aesthetic? And could this music be presented in the context of a working ensemble – not just a studio project – but a band?

THE CELLAR AND POINT is one possible answer to those questions. After 3 years spent crafting their debut record, the “garage-chamber” septet will releaseAMBIT on Cuneiform Records this fall. Time Out New York has described the ensemble’s sound as “ethereal chamber-prog” and lauded their live performance as “brainy, yet highly engaging.” The New York Times has taken note of “the chamberlike enterprise of a productive partnership, of the percussionist Joseph Branciforte and the guitarist Christopher Botta.” But AMBIT,which features seven Branciforte/Botta originals, plus arrangements of composers György Ligeti and Anton Webern, marks the group’s first complete musical statement.


Designed by Doctor Sandwich.