New to the Festival this year is our opening act, Laura Dubin, an extraordinary young pianist, accompanied by her fiancee, Antonio Guerrera on drums, and the wonderful bassist, Rich Syracuse. Although she’s only 24 years old, pianist/composer Laura has a clear, mature vision and the finely honed skills to execute it in superb fashion. Studying piano since the age of six and a graduate of the highly respected jazz education program at Western Michigan University, Laura is completely schooled in the traditions of the jazz legacy. She has woven those lessons into a musical sensibility that is adventurous, inventive and contemporary, but totally cognizant of the roots from which it evolved. Citing masters like Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Red Garland and Charlie Parker among her influences, Laura’s playing is powerful, textured and exciting. An outstanding composer and a woman of many interests, Laura draws upon a broad palette for her various sources of inspiration. Conceiving rich thematic contexts for exploration, Laura creates vivid narratives for the stories she tells through her music. Please visit her website www.lauradubin.com
The 6 PM set belongs to the Festival All-Stars, bringing back the popular ‘All-Play’ set, featuring veterans “Sweet” Sue Terry (soprano sax, clarinet), Jay Clayton (vocals), Teri Roiger (vocals), Claire Daly (bari sax), Peggy Stern (piano), John Menegon (bass), and Pete O’Brien (drums).
The 7 PM set continues, with the return of Virginia Mayhew, tenor sax, and her quartet: Noah Bless (trombone), Mike Karn (bass),and Anthony Pinciotti (drums). Saxophonist Virginia Mayhew has been a part of the NYC jazz community since 1987. In the course of her career, she has worked with many jazz masters and future jazz masters, including Earl Hines, Cab Calloway, Al Grey, Norman Simmons, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Joe Williams, Kenny Barron, Claudio Roditi, Nneena Freelon,Brad Mehldau, Larry Goldings, Leon Parker, Adam Cruz, Kevin Hayes, Chico O'Farrell, Dena DeRose, Ingrid Jensen, Peggy Stern, Victor Jones, Wycliffe Gordon, Houston Person and many others, as well as James Brown and Frank Zappa. (Too much?) She has traveled the world playing her horn, from the USA to southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe and the Newly Independent States ( formerly USSR). She has recored 6 CDs under her own name, as well as many with other musicians. Virginia is also the saxophonist and Musical Director of the Duke Ellington Legacy. For more information, please go to www.renmarecordings.com
The 8 PM slot is reserved for Roberta Piket and her sextet, featuring Roberta Piket (piano), Seth Trachy(tenor saxophone), Charlotte Greve (alto saxophone, flute, clarinet), Bill Mobley (trumpet, flugelhorn), Harvie S (bass), Billy Mintz (drums). Interestingly, we have two bands with piano & drums couples, Roberta’s husband is Billy Mintz. Pianist Roberta Piket pays tribute to her friend Marian McPartland, who passed away just over one year ago (August 20, 2013). For this performance, Roberta’s group will perform some of Marian’s under-played compositions, arranged for sextet by Roberta especially for this performance, as well as some of Marian’s favorite standards. Pianist/composer Roberta Piket is one of a handful of New York musicians who is respected for both her swinging and inventive straight-ahead jazz playing as well as her powerful and sensitive work in creative improvised music. Roberta has played professionally as a sidewoman with David Liebman, Rufus Reid, Michael Formanek, Lionel Hampton, Mickey Roker, Eliot Zigmund, Benny Golson and the BMI/NY Jazz Orchestra and was thrice a featured guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, on National Public Radio. She has also performed with some of the most interesting musicians in European and American creative music, including drummers Klaus Kugel and Billy Mintz, and saxophonists Petras Vysniauskas and Louie Belogenis. In addition to her work as a pianist, Roberta performs on B3 organ, and is receiving growing acknowledgment as a singer. Roberta has nine CDs released as a leader on various independent labels. The latest is Solo, on her own Thirteenth Note Records. The NYC Jazz Record said, “[Solo] displays a mastery that is frequently striking and always engaging.” www.robertajazz.com
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