Thursday, April 2, 2009

Jamie Baum/Tomasz Stanko: "Juxtapositions in Jazz"

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center Presents
Juxtapositions In Jazz:
Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 8:00pm

The Jamie Baum Septet features:
Jamie Baum - flutes, compositions, Ralph Alessi -trumpet, Douglas Yates -alto/bass clarinet, Chris Komer - french horn, Luis Perdomo - piano, Johannes Weidenmueller - bass, Jeff Hirshfield - drums

Tomasz Stanko Quartet features:
Tomasz Stanko - trumpet; Craig Taborn - keyboard; Thomas Morgan - bass; Jim Black - drums

"Her musical journey offers the drama and intensity of a cinematic thriller or cliffhanger, which is sure to keep her audience at the edge of their seats." -All About Jazz

"One of the most original and creative jazz trumpet players in the world." - The New Yorker

Kaufman Center's Musically Speaking series continues with two jazz composer/performers offering their own takes on 20th century classics. Flutist Jamie Baum plays "Ives Suite," inspired by Charles Ives's haunting music such as "Central Park in the Dark" and "The Unanswered Question." Known for the dark intensity of his tone, Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko ranges from fury to lyricism while displaying his trademark grit and verve. His suite, "Music from Amsterdam Avenue," includes Part I: From the Mood of Balladyna's Time, Part II: Later and Part III: Amsterdam Avenue and Few Others.

New York City jazz flutist/composer/clinician/recording artist Jamie Baum has toured in over 20 countries, including the U.S., Europe, Japan, South America and South Asia, working as a leader and/or sidewoman with world renowned musicians such as Kenny Werner, Mick Goodrick, Tom Harrell, Fred Hersch, Donald Brown, Randy Brecker, Dave Douglas, Uri Caine, Paul Motian and George Russell. Receiving critical praise for four CDs as leader, she was nominated by the Jazz Journal Association in 2005 and 2006 as "Flutist of the Year" and has been listed in the Downbeat Critics Polls every year since 1998. Winning several grants and awards including the 2003 New Works: Creation and Presentation Award (the Doris Duke/CMA Jazz Ensembles Project) and the 2007 Encore grant for this program, Baum also toured for the State Department/Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador program from 1999 to 2003. She has received degrees from New England Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music and has been a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music since 2006 and an adjunct teacher at the New School University Jazz Program since 2002. Baum's latest CD, "Solace" (Sunnyside), was voted among the "Best CDs of 2008" by JazzTimes, Jazz Improv, Hartford Courant, Village Voice,, (Italy), and She was also voted Best Flutist on the 2008 Jazz Station Poll.

The unique sound of Tomasz Stanko, a jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader of international fame, has earned him many awards, including the 2002 European Jazz Award, the 2004 and 2005 Australian Bell Awards for the Best Jazz Album of the Year for "Soul of Things" and "Suspended Night," the Polonia Restituta Commander Cross for the whole body of work, and the Gloria Artis Medal of Merit for Culture. In 2005, 2007 and 2008, Stanko was voted the sixth best trumpeter by DownBeat. Following three successful U.S. tours, the Tomasz Stanko Quartet embarked on yet another one in October 2006 for ECM's "Lontano" where The New York Times heralded him as "Trumpeting Freedom: in Spirit, Thought and Jazz." "Lontano" was ranked the sixth best record of the year by Downbeat and JazzTimes. While critics often compare him to Miles Davis and Chet Baker, Stanko has developed his own unique artistic language. The lyrical, piercing tone of his trumpet, magical and mesmerizing mood of his music and extraordinary charisma of his leadership and personality are the cornerstones of Stanko's mystique.

This concert is partially underwritten by Chamber Music America as part of its New Works: Encore Program.
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center presents
Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 8:00pm
129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and�Amsterdam)
Tickets at 212 501 3330 or
Single tickets are $30 (members $20)

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