Sunday, November 15, 2009

John Richmond's Quartet at Gillespie Auditorium, Nov. 17

Join saxophonist John Richmond with his Quartet featuring Bob DeVos on guitar, Bill Moring on bass, and Paul Wells on drums this coming Tuesday evening, November 17 at Jazz Tuesdays in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium in the New York City Baha'i Center at 53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway). There will be 2 shows: 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.
Tenor/soprano saxophonist John Richmond

Jazz writers and musicians have described his tenor saxophone sound as “muscular and commanding” and his style as "fluid, solid, individual, quite varied", and he "plays with harmonic intelligence." John Richmond's live engagements and recording sessions have included work with many of the top jazz musicians of our time.

Born and raised in the New York City area, his musical studies began at age nine with clarinet. He graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in saxophone where his principal teacher was Joe Allard.

His musical inspirations include Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Lester Young, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Jimi Hendrix among many others.

Over the years, he has led groups/ performed in numerous NYC/NJ area venues including Sweet Rhythm, the Blue Note, Cecil's Jazz Club, Trumpet’s, Seventh Avenue South, Roulette and Carnegie/Weill Recital Hall and he runs an ongoing Jazz series at the Turning Point Cafe in Piermont, NY. He has performed at venues all over Europe including the Umbria Jazz and San Remo Jazz Festivals.

For a period in his earlier life John was involved in boxing, and he made reference to this in his early recording called "Round Once" which was one of the very first releases on the Consolidated Artists label. It featured Mike Longo, Buster Williams and Al Harewood, received favorable critical reviews and radio air play and was a "feature pick" of Cash Box magazine. Among his recording credits, he has appeared on two CDs by bassist Ray Drummond.

His CD "Live at Cecil's" was recorded in January 2007 and he is presently preparing a CD studio recording session of originals and standards.

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Guitarist Bob DeVos

With long, blues-drenched lines; a warm, fat sound; and a horn-like, melodic approach, Bob has a strong following for his innovative work with a who’s who of jazz legends both in and outside of the Hammond B3 organ genre, including Richard “Groove” Holmes-Sonny Stitt, Jimmy McGriff-Hank Crawford, and The Charles Earland Band. With his signature mix of groove and sophistication, Bob is critically hailed as “a brilliant knowing bebop player, a master with a sound to die for--rich, full, deep, positive, round and warm” and a “guitar powerhouse.”

His recent release “Playing for Keeps” and his previous hit CD, “Shifting Sands” were in the top ten nationwide jazz radio airplay.
Bassist Bill Moring

A veteran of the New York City jazz scene for 25 years, bassist Bill Moring has established a reputation as one of the city's most in demand players. The versatile musician has proven himself equally adept at anchoring the big bands of legends Count Basie and Woody Herman, jammin' jazz/funk and beyond with the Dave Stryker/Steve Slagle quartet or stretching harmonic and rhythmic boundaries with John Hart and Chris Potter. His recent CD “Spaces In Time” has met great critical success.
Drummer Paul Wells

Has performed and recorded internationally with a huge and diverse selection of artists including Debbie Harry, Joe Williams, The Duke Ellington Legacy, Mark Murphy, Norman Simmons, Houston Person, David Leonhardt, Randy Brecker, Joel Frahm, Rufus Reid, Rick Margitza, Dave Valentin. Paul is a contributing writer for Modern Drummer magazine.
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)

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