Monday, May 28, 2007

James Gordon Williams' Quartet in NY, May 29

Join us when Pianist/Composer James Gordon Williams and his Quartet with Ian Young on Saxophones, Paul Beaudry on Bass, and Jeremy “Bean” Clemons on Percussion, make their debut at "Jazz Tuesdays" next Tuesday, May 29 in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium at the New York Baha'i Center at 53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway). There will be two shows at 8:00 and 9:30.

Originally from the City of Angels, James Gordon Williams, now a Manhattan resident originally migrated eastward to continue his development as a creative musician on the East Coast scene. Now a force to be reckoned with on the international jazz scene, Mr. Williams has appeared regularly at such notable venues as "Birdland", "Village Vanguard", and "Lenox Lounge". Mr. Williams has also given solo piano improvisation concerts at the Knitting Factory and performed world premieres of his original compositions at Smalls Jazz Club.

Mr. Williams has toured the countries of Malta, Switzerland, France, Sardegna, and Italy with Greg Osby. Mr. Williams has been a member of drummer Charli Persip’s "Supersound" for several years and has appeared with Mr. Persip in a piano trio format and at various festivals such as the New Jersey Jazz Fest and Duke Ellington Jazz Festival. Additionally, Williams has also performed with Joseph Jarman as part of AACM's concert season and as part of Jarman's group at the Vision Festival in New York City. As distinctive a composer as he is a player, Mr. Williams's compositions and arrangements are pensively lyrical- all bear his signature of refreshingly innovative harmonies and well-crafted melodies.

In a recent review of James Gordon Williams's highly acclaimed CD "Unrepeatable Life", "Jazz Improv Magazine's" Winthrop Bedford has stated, "James Gordon Williams is nothing less than an accomplished, impressively creative pianist and composer, with great depth and substance." "All About Jazz" writer Rusty Aceves stated, "Williams? writing is marked by intensely lyrical and evocative melodic elements which are sometimes staggered with pointed chordal syncopations, adding depth, dimension, and a feeling of seeming serenity against constant motion." Mr. Williams' album, " Unrepeatable Life", was recently a finalist for the 2006 Independent Music Awards Jazz Album of the Year category. Mr. Williams was also recently awarded a 2006 Music Residency at American University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Williams is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music and New York University.

Admission is 15.00, $10.00 for students.
Tickets will be sold at the door, or call 212-222-5159 for reservations and information.

Jazz Tuesdays
in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium
The New York Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway)
Two shows: 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.

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