“It’s A Business Too…Press, Social Media, and Promotion”
Over the course of a career spanning more than twenty years, pianist/composer Orrin Evans has always charted a vigorously individual path. Whether he chooses to express himself through his bold, muscular keyboard attack; through the raw soulfulness of his never-predictable bands; or off the bandstand, with his audaciously candid wit - there’s never any question where Evans stands. With 25 albums to his credit without ever relying on the support of a major label, he’s become the model of a fiercely independent artist who’s made a habit of rattling the jazz world’s confining cages.
Evans’ scintillating new album, The Evolution of Oneself (Smoke Sessions), takes stock of the pivotal moments that have shaped his distinctive trajectory. The album is one more landmark in his musical evolution, introducing a remarkable new piano trio with two longtime associates but first-time collaborators: bassist Christian McBride and drummer Karriem Riggins. The result is a raw and thrilling excursion incorporating a startlingly wide range of influences, from jazz and neo-soul to country and hip-hop.
“Techniques in Improvisation”
When organist Joey DeFrancesco plays, it’s the embodiment of a modern approach to jazz and blues, infused with what The New York Times calls “a deeply authoritative musician, a master of rhythmic pocket, and the custom of stomping bass lines beneath pulsating chords and riffs.” Mentored at age 4 by his organ-playing father, “Papa John” DeFrancesco, young Joey jammed with legends Hank Mobley and Philly Joe Jones, he has toured or recorded with numerous music legends, Miles Davis, McLaughlin, George Benson, Ray Charles, David Sanborn and Van Morrison to name a few. In addition to creating over 30 recordings of his own, his most recent, Project Freedom (Mack Avenue), earned him his fourth Grammy-nomination, where the message of search and hope is delivered through the sanctified soul of a church morphing with the smoldering sweat of a late night club in Philly. The flame Joey ignites with his organ is something you won’t forget.
“Exploring Resonance: A discussion of the importance of connection with the elements of sound”
Born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Ingrid Jensen has been hailed as one of the most gifted improvising trumpeters of her generation. She graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1989, moved to Europe to teach at the Bruckner Conservatory at the age of twenty one, and returned to the east coast three years later to embark on a full fledged career in Jazz music and beyond.
Ingrid has lived in New York for over twenty years and has recorded six CDs as a leader or co-leader and has been featured prominently on three Grammy winning discs and numerous Juno winning albums as well, including her own winning CD, Vernal Fields.
Ingrid continues to compose, arrange and lead her own groups as well as perform with cutting edge bands such as Terri-Lyne Carringtonʼs Mosaic Project, the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra and Darcy James and Secret Society. More about Ingrid can be found on her website. www.ingridjensen.com
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