Friday, September 22 2017

Gene Lake

Friday, September 22

An evening with world renowned grammy nominated drummer & composer. An all around drummer who cut his teeth on funk and jazz. Gene Lake embodies the contradictions of modern music. His resume reflects his passion for the great funk icons of the 1970s and 1980s such as Parliament/Funkadelic and the Time, as well as his longstanding ties to the jazz world. Gene Lake has been playing for almost 10 years with a stunningly diverse range of artists: from r&b group Surface in the 1980s to the “new wave” of r&b acts such as Me’shell NdegeOcello, Maxwell, and D’Angelo in the 1990s; from jazz innovators Steve Coleman and Henry Threadgill, to fusion legends Joe Zawinul and Marcus Miller; from jazz/rap group Opus Akoben to acts that defy categorization, such as the wildly original rock/funk/jazz fusion group Screaming Headless Torsos.

Salsa Jazz Orchestra lead by Ivan Renta

Friday, September 22
10pm & Midnight
Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and raised in Coamo, Puerto Rico, Ivan Renta has become one of the premiere saxophonists in the jazz, Latin jazz, and Latin music industries. His ability to adapt to any musical situation has landed him on stage at many of the world's most prestigious venues and music festivals. His credentials include performances and recordings with artist such as Tito Puente, Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, Willie Colon, Ron Carter, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Heath, Ray Barreto, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and Bebo Valdez, to name a few. Renta has also performed with diverse musical acts, such as Al Jarreau and Hall & Oates. Renta has collaborated on three Grammy Award winning recordings. He is also an active music educator and clinician. Renta began playing alto saxophone at the age of 13 in his hometown of Coamo, Puerto Rico. His band director, Luis "Wito" Santiago, recognized his talent right away promoting him to lead alto saxophone in the school band. Soon after, Ivan joined La Escuela Libre de Musica Antonio Paoli in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and began studying with Professor Willie Corps. Wanting to learn jazz Improvisation, he began private lessons with Jose "Cheguito" Encarnacion, who introduced him to jazz harmony and improvisation. When Renta first heard Miles Davis with John Coltrane's 58 Sessions, at Cheguito's house, he knew that playing saxophone was what he wanted to do. Soon after that, he moved to New York City to attend the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program. While at the New School, Renta studied with jazz legends such as Reggie Workman, Gary Dial, George Garzone, and Buster Williams, to name a few. In 2000, Renta got a call to participate on Tito Puente's & Eddie Palmieri's recording, Masterpiece, which won multiple Grammy Awards and turned out to be Puente's last album. After recording Masterpiece, Renta became a member of Eddie Palmieri's Latin jazz ensemble and salsa band. Renta accepted an invitation made to him by pianist, composer, and arranger Arturo O'Farrill to join the Jazz at the Lincoln Center's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. After working with Mr. Palmieri for approximately six years, he proceeded to become the saxophonist for salsa legend Willie Colon's Orchestra. He has also collaborated extensively with trombonist Luis Bonilla and percussionist Chembo Corniel. He recorded his first project as a leader with pianist Edsel Gomez, bassist Ruben Rodriguez, drummer Ernesto Simpson, and percussionist Richie Flores, with special guests Giovanni Hidalgo, Luis Bonilla, and Nelson "Gazu" Jaime.
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