Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Lederer’

Vision Festival 22 :: May 28- June 3, 2017 :: Greenwich Village, NYC

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Vision Fest 22:
Free Jazz Festival for a Just Future
May 28- June 3, 2017

 Presenting A Full Spectrum of Jazz Today
And Highlighting The Socio-Political Context of
The Music And Its Practitioners


 Vision Festival 22 Celebrates the Career of Multi-Instrumentalist,
Instrument Designer, and Educator:
Performing on Monday, May 29

On Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, Arts for Art officially opens Vision Festival 22 at historic Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village. This first night will honor Cooper-Moore for his Lifetime of Achievement.  The renowned multi-instrumentalist, educator and raconteur Cooper-Moore, is an artist whose music has been informed by his own struggle for freedom and who personifies the ideals upheld by AFA.

Born during segregation in Southern Virginia, Cooper-Moore came of age playing his music on piano in church. In his early 20s, he was an active member of the civil rights and peace movements, often aligning himself with radical Catholics such as the Berrigan Brothers in their protests for nuclear disarmament. Upon moving to New York in the late 1960s, Cooper-Moore became a pivotal member of the free jazz movement.  His tenure with the late saxophonist and visionary David S. Ware began in 1970s as part of the Jazz Loft at 501 Canal Street. Cooper-Moore’s primary instrument is the piano, but he has become well-known for the many instruments he has designed and built, most notably the diddley-bow, a long-necked single string bass or dulcimer played horizontally while seated.


little(i)music Releases Two New Albums: Jeff Lederer’s Swing n’ Dix & Mary LaRose’s “Reincarnation”

Monday, August 12th, 2013

swingndix_cdSaxophonist/Composer Jeff Lederer Revisits His Teenage Band and His Predilection for Early Jazz

Swing ‘n’ Dix was the actual name of Jeff Lederer’s combo, led by himself on alto saxophone and Jeff Walker on clarinet. Lederer laughingly admits, “It’s a name I cherish and regret at the same time.” The group – with more palatable pseudonyms like The Dixie Kings – played Dixieland conventions throughout Lederer’s home state of California. The new edition of the group features drummer Matt Wilson, cornetist Kirk Knuffke, and Bob Stewart on tuba.

Lederer is a longstanding member of Matt Wilson’s quartet, which Knuffke joined as a replacement during saxophonist Andrew D’Angelo’s recovery from brain cancer. Bob Stewart is a more recent acquaintance. “I first met Bob through a series of round robin improvised duets organized by [New York concert promoters] Search & Restore,” Lederer explains. Search & Restore’s mandate with many of their presentations are to combinations of musicians that have never performed together before. “I got paired with Bob, and I was so excited to be in that tuba sound world. He was a hero of mine, mainly from his work with Arthur Blythe.” Lederer cites Blythe’s album, Lenox Avenue Breakdown, as a seminal disc in his artistic development.


Veteran Saxophonist/Clarinetist Jeff Lederer Plays With Joyous Expressionism On Debut As Leader

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Sunwatcher, Out June 14 on Jazzheads

Featuring Bassist Buster Williams, Keyboardist Jamie Saft and Drummer Matt Wilson

Lots of modern improvisers try to balance the joy of expressionism with the buoyancy of swing, but few do it with the natural ease of Jeff Lederer. That ease – call it grace if you like – is front and center on the respected reed player’s new Sunwatcher (Jazzheads). With drummer Matt Wilson, bassist Buster Williams, and keyboardist Jamie Saft on board, Lederer has made a record that suggests exuberance can be delivered in various ways.


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