The John Ehlis New Quartet

March 31, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
$10 pp music charge $7 pp minimum
The John Ehlis New Quartet @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

2 sets:  7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
$10 pp music charge $7 pp minimum

Marty Fogel – woodwinds
John Ehlis – guitar
Scott Hogan – bass
Glen Fittin – frame drums
John Ehlis returns to Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair on Thursday, March 31st for two sets starting at 7:30pm.

This is yet another remarkable gathering of musicians with a couple of familiar faces, Marty Fogel on saxophones, flute and clarinet, and Glen Fittin on frame drums and a variety of percussion instruments.  They are both talented and versatile musicians whom I have had the pleasure to get to know and play music with over the years.

Making his first appearance with the band will be bassist Scott Hogan, who will be playing electric fretless bass.  As you might imagine, he keeps some fine grooves and he fits in well with The group’s music and sensibilities.

John:  “The last time I performed or recorded with an electric bass player in my own groups goes back to when my brother Chuck and I lived in the Bay Area, he in Oakland and I in San Francisco.  Chuck took to the instrument after we heard Jaco Pastorius perform in the Spring of 1982.  Scott brings a sound and a feel which is very familiar to my ears and very soulful.

I’ll be playing guitar, mandolin, and then I’ll be adding another layer to the soundscape with one of Chuck’s original instruments called the “Thwackoleum”.  This one was a favorite of his as well as for those who were fortunate to see him perform on it.  As for the music, expect to hear another flavor and twist to my music.  We shall play a few new ones, a few from our recordings, and some others we’ve played along the way.”


John Ehlis “New Quartet”

Guitarist John Ehlis will be joined by Marty Fogel on woodwinds, Scott Hogan on bass and Glen Fittin on frame drums, for another fresh and original musical adventure. As with all of his endeavors, each artist is a vital force to the musical invention and spirit of the performance.

John Ehlis draws inspiration from a vast well of creative minds as well as in the traditional and folk music from around the world. Ehlis has performed with esteemed artists ranging from saxophonists Oliver Lake and John Tchicai to vocalists Marie Afonso ( of Zap Mama) and LOIRE (aka Lori Cotler), Joe Craven (David Grisman Group), frame drum master Glen Velez, classical guitarist Philip Hii, singer/songwriter Scott E. Moore, Basque musicians Tapia and Leturria, Danish drummer Kresten Osgood and Finnish saxophonist Mikko Innanen.

Saxophonist Marty Fogel has toured with renowned jazz artists Don Cherry and Gerry Mulligan amongst others. He also spent several years performing and recording in the band of the legendary rock artist Lou Reed. Marty was a cofounder of The Everyman Band, an innovative and internationally acclaimed group which toured in Europe and recorded for ECM Records.

Bassist Scott Hogan attended NYU as a jazz performance major and studied under Mike Richmond. Scott also studied under John Patitucci, who recommended him to Mercury Records for touring with the pop group Hanson. Recently Scott played bass in the Bernie Worrell Orchestra touring throughout the states for four years.

Glen Fittin has focused on world percussion sounds for over 25 years. He has performed and recorded with Glen Velez, Bernie Worrell, Suphala, Montego Joe and Paul Winter. As a sought after dance accompanist Glen has worked with Robert Battle, Michael Foley, Sean Curran and Gabe Masson and has participated in numerous dance festivals including the Bates Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, Korea Drum Festival, Seoul Dance and Music Improvisation Festival and Festival Rhethymno Crete.

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