Carol Liebowitz

Trumpets Jazz Cafe
Carol Liebowitz Quintet with Nick Lyons (Alto), Will Jhun (Tenor), Don Messina (Bass), and Bill Chattin (Drums).
Sunday, October 30 from 3PM to 5:30
$12 Cover, $5 Min.
Pianist and vocalist Carol Liebowitz began studying the piano at age nine. She attended New York?s High School of Performing Arts where she continued studying classical repertoire, and received a BA in Music from New York University. After college, she began a long-term association with pianist Connie Crothers, studying piano and vocal improvisation. Carol also studied with Jay Clayton, and has appeared in workshop concerts with Jay and Sheila Jordan. She has performed in Europe and throughout the New York City metropolitan area in clubs such as Birdland, Cornelia Street Cafe, Roulette, and The Stone. In addition to frequent solo concert appearances, Carol has worked in various groups?from duos to quintets?with musicians including Lorenzo Sanguedolce, Adam Caine, Andy Fite, Bill Payne, Eva Lindal, Adam Lane, Ratzo Harris, Roger Mancuso, John Wagner, Louise Dam Eckhardt Jensen and Tom Blancarte. Her current working band features Nick Lyons (alto), Will Jhun (tenor), Don Messina (bass), and Bill Chattin (drums). Carol has two releases on the New Artists label??Waves of Blue Intensities,? a duo with tenor saxophonist Bob Field, and ?Time on My Hands,? a voice and guitar duo with Andy Fite.
Nick Lyons has played the alto saxophone for nearly twenty years and has performed across the United States as an improviser. He has been extremely fortunate to share the stage with artists Connie Crothers, Lorenzo Sanguedolce, Adam Caine, and Carol Liebowitz. In 2009 he performed solo at The Stone in New York City as a part of Crothers? two-week curatorial residency at the venue. The residency was cited as #2 pick in Time Out NY, and his performance was given a special mention in the magazine?s preview of the event. In 2008 and 2010, he was a featured guest and performer on KUNM radio [Albuquerque] with host and poet/writer/historian Mark Weber. In 2010, Weber released ?Two Summers, Two Afternoons in Brooklyn? on the Zerx label, on which Lyons accompanies Weber?s poetry in duet. He leads the Nick Lyons Trio with drummer John Wagner and bassist Adam Lane and resides and teaches in his native New York City.
Will Jhun started playing saxophone at age 9. As a teenager, he became interested in jazz and improvised music after hearing albums of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. He studied with saxophonist Joseph Carello of Syracuse, NY, and later with woodwind artist Chris Vadala at the University of Maryland. After moving to the San Francisco area, Will performed with flautist Gerald Beckett, recording albums ?Black Eyes? in 2002 and ?Traveling West? in 2003. He later formed a quartet with pianist Michael Parsons, performing jazz standards and original compositions at 222 Club, Club Deluxe, Octavia Lounge and other San Francisco venues. In early 2007, Will joined multi-instrumentalist Smith Dobson V in a series of performances at The Revolution Cafe, exploring music in the lineage of Lester Young, Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh. Will has since relocated to Brooklyn, NY and has been studying with pianist and improvising artist Connie Crothers. He has most recently performed with the Carol Liebowitz Quintet in a concert presented by Crothers and with the Matt Rippetoe Quartet at venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Don Messina and Bill Chattin have been playing together since the early 1980s as part of the Larry Bluth Trio. They have performed at venues such as Birdland, Sette MoMA, Orfeo?s, The Whitney Museum of Art, MoMA, The Jazz Room at William Patterson University, Arthur?s Tavern, Arts Guild of Rahway, Watchung Arts Center as well as other New York City colleges, clubs, and art centers. They have recorded with Sal Mosca, Larry Bluth, Ted Brown, Jimmy Halperin, Jon Easton, Rick Moore, and most recently with Kazzrie Jaxen and Charley Krachy. Bill and Don have recorded for Zinnia, Blue Jack Jazz, Cadence, and other independent labels, and have CDs soon to be released on the Blue Jack Jazz and Cadence labels. Don studied improvisation with Fred Amend; Bill Chattin studied drumming with Alan Dawson, and improvisation with Lennie Tristano. Both Don and Bill include Sal Mosca as their jazz mentor.
Come hear this quintet?s unique approach to standards from the American Songbook and free improvisation.