Program

Friday, December 15 2017

George Burton

"Their sound is shadowy… with a fluid modality that suggests McCoy Tyner at his chillest.” – Philadelphia Paper
Friday, December 15
7pm & 8:30pm
GEORGE BURTON'S TORN TRIO George Burton (piano); Pablo Menares (bass); Justin Faulkner (drums) "George Burton represents what many of Jazz’s most exciting figures hoped the genre would become: precarious, dynamic, revolutionary…unable to be contained..." - Daniel Palmer, Nextbop There's no doubt that George Burton is a rising star: his debut release, The Truth of What I Am > The Narcissist was chosen as one of the top ten debut albums in the 2016 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll, and hailed as "a fantastic statement of modern jazz" by Downbeat critic Chris Tart and “one of the most exciting debuts I have heard in years” (NextBop). Burton and his band are on a roll - they kicked off 2017 playing at NYC Winter Jazzfest; spring found them at The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage; and in August they made their debut appearance at the pinnacle of US jazz - The Newport Jazz Festival. Meanwhile, the raves for the album continue to roll in: "...smart melodic postbop with strong elements of R&B and hip-hop ... The Truth [Of What I Am] bursts with promise." —Michael J. West, JazzTimes "Burton speaks the language of Logan Richardson and Ambrose Akinmusire - modern harmonic choices and rhythms and rhythms with a strong influence of hip hop and r&b, the melody always at the center of the conversation..." - Free Fall Jazz Burton's dazzling virtuosity and breathtakingly eclectic approach to music reflect his experience in every aspect of the spectrum of jazz; beginning with rigorous classical training, branching into his equally rigorous experience in the Philadelphia jazz scene, and earning him a place on the world stage with some of the most significant practitioners of bop, post-bop and beyond: Eddie Henderson, Jack Walrath, Terrell Stafford, J.D. Allen, Sean Jones, James Carter and the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra. Burton’s playing and compositions blend, deconstruct, and rearrange these diverse influences into a style that JazzTimes calls “Straight-but-not-straight.” His debut CD, " The Truth of What I Am > Narcissist" brings all the dimensions of his experience together, with ten original compositions that are snapshots of jazz in motion. Produced by Grammy-winning bassist Derrick Hodge, the album captures the entire range of heady, dynamic performances that have made Burton's ensembles among the most powerful new groups on the New York jazz scene.

Swing with Svetlana Shmulyian and Seth Weaver's Big Band

Friday, December 15
10PM & Midnight
SETH WEAVER BIG BAND is a 17-piece swing orchestra comprised of some of the most exciting new voices on the jazz scene today. The big band plays classic jazz tunes and original swing music influenced by the writers of Count Basie and Frank Sinatra. The band features both Weaver and Shmulyian on vocals. Come take a step back in time and dance the night away!

 

SETH WEAVER is an exciting new talent on the New York jazz scene as a vocalist, trombonist, bandleader, and composer/arranger. Already in demand, he has performed at many New York venues, including Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, Rockwood, the Shrine, Zinc Bar, Swing 46, and numerous others. Seth has performed with Ben Folds, Michael Dease, Manhattan Transfer, Jon Hendricks, Dave Liebman, and Peter Eldrige to name a few. Seth leads his own quartet and big band, which perform regularly around New York City. A graduate of the University of North Texas and Manhattan School of Music, Seth received two Downbeat magazine awards for his jazz vocals, was a two-time finalist in the International Trombone Association’s J.J. Johnson Competition, won the Texas State Jazz Trombone Competition, and received an honorable mention in the Carl Fontana Competition. Seth's influences include Frank Sinatra, Kurt Elling, Slide Hampton, J.J. Johnson, Sammy Nestico, and Quincy Jones.

 

SVETLANA SHMULYIAN is an up and coming New York jazz vocalist and band leader who performed and lead bands in sold out shows in such legendary New York venues as BBKings, Zinc Bar, Kitano Jazz, City Winery, Rockwood Music Hall, Barbes, 92 Street Y, and many others. Svetlana has earned acclaim from press and audiences alike, having been called an "energetic vocalist" (Wall Street Journal), "jazz experimentalist" (Broadway World) with the "strong vocals" (Socially Superlative), an "exquisite gift to musical gourmands" (Jewish World), a chanteuse who "gives the audiences a dose of modern jazz vocals" (Time Out NY) with her "fine graceful singing" (JazzLives), who is "in her element when she swings".

 

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