2 sets: 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
$20 pp music charge $22 pp at door $12 pp minimum (food/drink)
Mordy Ferber is an exquisite jazz musician whose compositions and performances have brought jazz into the 21st century. He effortlessly blends intricate melodies with stunning guitar-playing and musicianship and most importantly has developed a sound of his own.
In a recent book by journalist and Jazz Historian Scott Yanow, Mordy was included in the list of 350 of the greatest Jazz Guitarists of all time in the book “The Great Jazz Guitarists: he Ultimate Guide”.
Mordy Ferber has performed and recorded with artists including Michael Brecker, Jack DeJohnette, Eddie Gomez, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Donny McCaslin Billy Hart Danny Gottlieb Richard Bona, Miroslav Vitous, Jeff Berlin, Danny Gottlieb, Chester Thompson, Bob Moses, Richie Beirach, Jack Bruce, Will Lee, Larry Coryell, Adam Nussbaum and Billy Hart, Larry Graham, Bootsy Collins,
Mordy has thirty years of teaching experience at such prestigious institutions as New York University, Berklee College of Music in Boston, the New School University, American Institute for Guitar and the Sam Ash Institute in New York City. He is highly sought after for his private instruction and has taught master classes in improvisation technique, harmony and composition all over the world. Mordy is regularly commissioned to write music for television and film and his work has been used widely in shows such as the Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Jack Ass, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Guilty on HBO, Fresh Prince, Bay Watch, Felicity, Chris Rock Special on HBO, Everybody Loves Raymond, Veronica’s Closet, the VH1 Fashion Award Show, the Grammy Awards promo, and on many other
He has recorded 5 albums as a leader on the Enja, Half Note and CBS Europe Record label.
saxophonist David Liebman, describes notes “Mordy is a wonderful musician who digs deep in his writing and playing with a clear sense of communicating to the listener.” Ferber has also received praise from iconic drummer Jack DeJohnette, “I love his sound and his feeling. He writes beautiful compositions. Mordy is committed to the highest level of quality and creativity. He is not afraid to take risks.”
My most engraved Mordy Ferber memory as an improvising musician was when I heard him in California with Danny Gottlieb and Jeff Berlin. Mordy’s playing was hard-edged, avant-garde,
don’t give-a damn-about convention, and rhythmically on fire. This is the spirit of what I like best about Mordy–he chooses hip scale-dissonance coupled with a rebellious freedom that reveals the pure joy of improvisation.
As A composer, Mordy shows another side, a more abstract, melodic, original, out-of -the-mainstream approach to jazz and that’s the Mordy Ferber to whom no-one else can compare…
( Larry Coryell)
on Reflection, Mordy Ferber has proven himself to be absolutely chameleonic on guitar, composing and playing pieces as varied and emotionally magnetic as the breadth of his experiences and talent allow.
“On Reflection, Mordy Ferber provides reason to make sure he’s included in the lists of jazz guitarists who not only have developed sounds of their own through deep personal experience and technical mastery,
but also who have shown sufficient compositional imagination to make their own statement.”
“Add Mordy Ferber to the list of notable guitarists in the jazz world today. This Israeli-born sensation displays readily apparent technical fortitude and, more importantly,
a confident sense of when and how to flex his talent. Ferber is a player of considerable promise who blends irreverent energies and an angular, dare we say European?, harmonic sense into an overall jazz sans frontiers.”
“New York guitarist-composer, Mordy Ferber, is a powerful, contemporary guitarist with an attitude, energy, and a pluck all his own. And with a batch of riveting originals and plenty of zing per string, Ferber is clearly his own man.”
( Jazz Times)
“Ferber’s Mr. X makes manifest his deep commitment and his firm attitudes towards his music. The compositional lines are strong; the ballads are fresh; and, the guitar work throughout is outstanding.”
( The Jerusalem)
2 sets: 7:30 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
No cover charge $7 pp minimum (food/drink)
Enrico Granafei-guitar/chromatic harmonica/vocals
Enrico Granafei has a long history of musical experience that encompasses both classical music and jazz. He received his degree in classical guitar from the Conservatory of l’Aquila in Italy in 1976 and his artistic career started in Rome where he soon became known in the musical community. In 1992 Granafei received his master’s degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where he was the only student of Toots Thielemans. His love for jazz led him to New York City, where he soon started to perform in local jazz clubs including The Blue Note, Birdland,Visiones, Angry Squire, and the Bottom Line. He has performed extensively on the chromatic harmonica in the United States and continued to be a featured musician in major European Festivals, including Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), Euromeet Jazz Festival and Veneto Jazz Festival (Italy), and other jazz festivals throughout Italy, France, Spain and major clubs throughout Europe.
Granafei has been the owner and musical director of the prestigious Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, New Jersey since 1999. One of the most respected players of the Chromatic Harmonica in the world today, Granafei continues to cultivate an audience for the instrument through his international performances. As jazz pianist/historian Lewis Porter says: “This could be the start of something big for harmonica players everywhere.”
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Sets at 8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
$20 music charge prepaid tickets online $22 pp at door $12 minimum (food/drink)
RAY SUHY/LEWIS PORTER ALBUM RELEASE PERFORMANCE!
“LONGING”—CADENCE JAZZ RECORDS #1264 !!
This exciting new album that combines top-level jazz and rock is a tribute of sorts to the heavy, modal early sixties music of John Coltrane. The Suhy-Porter quartet plays all original music—new compositions by virtuoso guitarist Ray Suhy, as well as some by acclaimed jazz pianist (and long-time Rutgers jazz prof) Lewis Porter.
Ray Suhy is an eclectic guitarist/composer based in Red Bank, New Jersey. Ray’s best known for his work in the metal world, recording and touring the world with Six Feet Under And Cannabis Corpse. His previous instrumental releases, “Fulmination” and “Tesselations,” explored everything from fusion to metal and jazz. On “Longing,” Ray’s goal was to write melodic tunes that harken back to the early- to mid- sixties jazz that inspired him to study the genre when he was younger. After meeting Lewis on a recording session led by Allen Lowe, the two began to plot out what would eventually become the record “Longing.” Follow Ray at www.raysuhy.com as well as at https://www.facebook.com/r
Lewis Porter is renowned as a jazz scholar and teacher, while musicians also know him to be an original, virtuosic and sought-after pianist and composer. He has performed across the USA and Europe with Dave Liebman (who premiered one of Dr. Porter’s two saxophone concertos), Joe Lovano, Wycliffe Gordon, Ravi Coltrane, Marc Ribot, and many others. He appears on 25 albums, and his new album Beauty And Mystery (Altrisuoni Records) features John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Tia Fuller. He received a Grammy nomination in 1995. A long-time music professor at Rutgers in Newark, he has also taught at The New School, The Manhattan School of Music, NYU, and Brandeis. He also teaches private students worldwide by Skype. Follow him at Lewisporter.com and on Facebook.
First-call drummer Rudy Royston has toured worldwide with the heralded likes of trumpeter Dave Douglas, guitarist Bill Frisell, saxophonists Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, J.D. Allen, and Rudresh Mahanthappa. His recordings as a leader earned him notice from DownBeat, All About Jazz, and CriticalJazz.com as well as leading bands at the historic Village Vanguard.
Arriving in New York in 1992 from Holland, bassist Joris Teepe has played and recorded with a “who’s who in jazz”, such as Benny Golson, Sonny Fortune, Rashied Ali, Billy Hart and Randy Brecker. He is also an imaginative composer with albums as a leader.
No cover, $7 minimum
An acoustic show – Kate Baker’s Singers Perform Originals, and other Classics.
Michael Zilber, hailed by Jazz legend David Liebman as “one of the best players and composers anywhere” and described by All About Jazz as “one of the true masters of modern jazz saxophone”, travels East from San Francisco for this date, joined by pianist extraordinaire Rachel Z (Wayne Shorter, Steps Ahead), drumming great Marko Marcinko (Dave Liebman Band, Maynard Ferguson) and bass stalwart Dave Kingsnorth (Elliot Zigmund, John Abercombie).
Yashmin Charnet Abler-vocals ,Enrico Granafei-Harmonica-Guitar
2 sets: 7:30-10
No cover $7 minimum (food/drink)
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, armed with a laissez-faire attitude and diverse musical experience, the singer / songwriter Yashmin Charnet-Abler, elevates the traditional sounds of Jobim’s Bossa Nova. Yashmin sways the audience with a sexy, melodious voice and undeniable demeanor. “Yashmin’s show is the next best thing to being in Rio de Janeiro. It is like a Tropical Vacation.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CuUPlDp3-s
$20 pp music charge $12 pp minimum (food/drink)
Sets at 8:00 and 10:00
The prolific composer and guitarist Paul Abler was working on an Octet Project at the time of his premature passing in March of 2017. Corrine Abler, Paul’s mother, and Yashmin Charnet-Abler, his wife, made sure the project came to fruition.
The Paul Abler Octet
James Weidman on Piano and Music Director
Larry Corban-Guitar, Special Guest
Paul Abler grew up in Pontiac, Michigan, a city adjacent to Detroit that is not only known for automobiles but also some of the world’s greatest Jazz musicians such as Hank, Thad & Elvin Jones.
Paul’s first contact with Jazz was as a child when his Grandfather would practice his drums to the recordings of Stan Getz, Dave Brubeck and Duke Ellington, leaving a lasting impression on him.
“I loved music from the time I was born. I refused to go anywhere without taking my Mother’s records. I always knew I would become a musician. I settled on the Guitar after I heard Jimi Hendrix. Previous to this I wanted a Saxophone or a Bass. Hendrix led me to all The King’s (B. B., Albert and Freddy) and my first jobs were playing Blues, Funk and R&B. I later worked backing many Motown Legends and did sessions with some of the Funk Brothers (Johnny Griffith, Pistol Allen, Joe Hunter) and Motown arranger David Van dePitte. I really wanted to play Jazz after I discovered Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter. My main Jazz influences have not been Guitarists. Other influences include McCoy Tyner, Ravel, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Burt Bacharach and Frank Zappa.”
Continuing his education Paul moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and studied with Joe Diorio, Carl Schroeder, Ron Eschete and many others at Musicians Institute (Guitar Institute of Technology). He would later move to Boston and study improvisation with Saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi in 1988.
Paul returned to Detroit in 1990 and immediately started working with many of Detroit’s great musicians such as Marcus Belgrave, Harold McKinney, James Carter, David McMurray, Roy Brooks, Straight Ahead, Leonard King and others. He also began leading his own groups featuring musicians such as Bobby Battle, Craig Taborn, Jaribu Shahid, Gerald Cleaver, Marion Hayden, William Evans among others.
During that time, Paul recorded his debut album “Goin’ Up” for the Red Car label which was released to enthusiastic reviews. Two additional recordings for Equnioxmansion followed: “Lost Generation”(1998) and “In The Marketplace” (1999).These releases enabled Paul to perform outside of USA including Canada and Europe.
In 1996 Paul began composing for Film and Television. His first project was a short film for Learnshare -a division of Owens Corning and was quickly followed by placement of his compositions in music libraries. This led to his association with Transition Music.
In July 2003, Paul Abler relocated to New York City, where he quickly gained headway in the NYC music scene. Since arriving he has performed and/or recorded with Cindy Blackman, Jack Wilkins, Howard Alden, Harvie S, Roni Ben-Hur, Joe Lee Wilson, Carlton Holmes, Dwayne Burno, Allen Farnham, Tomoko Ohno, Yusef Lateef, Les Paul, Mingus Dynasty, Mingus Orchestra, David Murray, Arthur Blythe, Jack Walrath, Steve Lacy, Ted Curson, Eddie Harris, Ugonna Okegwo, Dion Parson, Ted Rosenthal, Daoud David Williams, Charles Davis and Brazilian vocalist Yashmin Charnet, whom he married in May of 2004.
Paul also started his association with Chesky Records film / TV division – Manhattan Production Music with three projects: Jazz Trio, Bossa Nova & Ballads.
CD “Fearless” featuring Cindy Blackman-Santanna, Marion Hayden & Carlton Holmes on the Bossa Nova Music label was released in 2008.
The Last Brahma is a collection of eight original compositions in a duet with the fantastic piano player James Weidman, also on Bossa Nova Music.
The follow up CD a “Patch of Burgundy” is Paul Abler and James Weidman with special Guests Jack Walrath, Harvie S and Jed Levy.
Paul’s latest project is a sextet “Looks Like March” is to be released in March of 2017 with more original music featuring James Weidman, John Fedchock, Harvie S, Mark Sherman and Leonard King.
A Guitarist with chops to burn and the harmonic knowledge to make sure the notes don’t go to waste. Detroit Free Press – Mark Stryker
Film & TV Music
Paul Abler has composed extensively for Film and Television and directly for music libraries. His compositions can be heard on a variety of Television programs such as Madam Secretary, The Affair, The Leftovers, Breaking Bad, Smash, The Big Bang Theory, Mad Men, Don’t Trust The B… in Apt 23, Shameless, Playing House, 20/20, Every Woman, Global Business People,ABC’s NBA Inside Stuff, Recipe TV, Beautiful Homes, Great Estates and feature films such as Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine (the sound track is available on SONY) , The Two Mr. Kissels.
Recent projects have been for Manhattan Production Music/Chesky Records. Titles include Jazz Trio, Ballads, Bossa Nova Jazz, Jazz Duets and Jazz Trios and Midnight on 7th Avenue. . Paul has a variety of music that is ready for licensing and can also provide custom music for projects.