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MTO Plays SLY: Steven Bernstein's Tribute to Sly & The Family Stone

New York City's favorite "little big band," Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra, cracks open wide the monumental songbook of Sly & The Family Stone on its third studio album, MTO Plays SLY, due September 27 from Royal Potato Family. For this freewheeling and jubilant 13-track tribute, MTO is propelled by a dynamic cast of special guests, including vocalists Antony Hegarty, Dean Bowman, Martha Wainwright, Sandra St. Victor and Shilpa Ray, organist Bernie Worrell, guitarist Vernon Reid and remixer Bill Laswell. By re-imagining the music of Sly Stone through the filter of their own "downtown NYC" aesthetic, Bernstein and company illuminate the melodic and harmonic sophistication of Sly's timeless body of work, while upholding the Day-Glo soul and psychedelic funk that's the backbone of classics like "M'Lady," "Everyday People" and "Family Affair."

"I've been thinking about Sly's music for a long time. He represented endless possibilities by bringing creative freedom and experimentation to popular music. Sly took the whole of American sounds: blues, gospel, rock, jazz, country and gave it a fresh look through his own rose colored glasses," explains Bernstein. "Harmonically, rhythmically, linguistically, socially -- he broke ground on all fronts.  Sly was multiculti before we even knew that was a possibility.  The biggest lesson I've received from him is that it's all part of the musical gumbo and it's up to each individual to create their personal combination."

Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra is: Steven Bernstein (trumpet and slide trumpet), Curtis Fowlkes (trombone), Doug Weiselman (clarinet and tenor saxophone), Peter Apfelbaum (tenor and soprano saxophone), Erik Lawrence (baritone and soprano saxophone), Matt Munisteri (guitar and banjo), Charles Burnham (violin), Ben Allison (acoustic bass) and Ben Perowsky (drums).

In addition to MTO, Steven Bernstein fronts Sexmob and leads The Levon Helm Band horn section. Over a distinguished 30 year career, he's performed and arranged for the likes of Lou Reed, The Lounge Lizards, Sam Rivers, My Morning Jacket, Rufus Wainwright, Elton John and Marianne Faithful among numerous others.

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The track listing for MTO Play SLY is:

1. Stand (featuring Sandra St. Victor, Bernie Worrell and Vernon Reid)
2. Family Affair (featuring Antony Hegarty)
3. Sly Notions
4. Que Sera, Sera (featuring Martha Wainwright)
5. M'Lady (featuring Dean Bowman)
6. You Can Make it If You Try
7. Everyday People (featuring Shilpa Ray)
8. Bernie Interlude (featuring Bernie Worrell)
9. Skin I'm In (featuring Sandra St. Victor)
10. Sly Notions 2/Fun (featuring Dean Bowman)
11. Time (featuring Dean Bowman and Vernon Reid)
12. Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa (Bill Laswell mix translation)
13. Life

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Race Riot Suite

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey will release their 21st album Race Riot Suite on August 30th. Conceived, written and arranged by the band's lap steel guitarist Chris Combs, the recording is a long form conceptual piece that tells the tragic story of the 1921 Tulsa race riot. JFJO's core line-up, which in addition to Combs includes Brian Haas (piano), Jeff Harshbarger (bass) and Josh Raymer (drums), is accompanied by a five-piece horn section featuring Steven Bernstein (trumpet), Peter Apfelbaum (tenor and baritone saxophone), Jeff Coffin (tenor saxophone), Mark Southerland (tenor saxophone) and Matt Leland (trombone). The album was produced by Costa Stasinopoulos and recorded at Tulsa's legendary Church Studio less than a mile from where the riot happened.
In 1921, Tulsa was home to a powerful and affluent African-American community. In one of the largest racial conflicts and cover-ups in American history, massive race riots resulted in the death of hundreds of black Tulsans and the destruction of the entire Greenwood city district, including "Black Wall Street." With jittery melodies, propulsive rhythms and swirling improvisations, JFJO reflects on one of the least understood atrocities of the Jim Crow-era. As the Race Riot Suite unfolds, however, the music ultimately offers light amid the darkness, celebrating the resiliency of community and offering a prayer for the terrible mistakes of the past to never again be repeated. Through the process, the album becomes part of a long lineage of jazz recordings to bring awareness to civil rights issues.
"We felt obligated as Oklahomans to shine a light. What played a big part in the creation of the suite was that it wasn't talked about in Tulsa or taught in schools. So it's kind of this weird looming thing around a really comfortable middle-class suburban community," explains Combs. "As a Tulsan, there was this weird darkness that was still looming. It wasn't talked about. It was deliberately covered up by the local government and press. The idea came from me as a jazz musician and a Tulsan having an emotional reaction to what I learned."
JFJO debuted Race Riot Suite in its entirety with a live performance at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center this past May. They will embark on a U.S. tour to support the album's release in the Fall. The band performs at Festival International De Jazz De Montreal on Friday evening.

New Jersey 2011 Jazz Society Jazzfest

Each year since 1976, the New Jersey Jazz Society has presented Jazzfest, one of the best mainstream jazz festivals in the entire metropolitan area.  This year is no exception as this popular jazz festival presents nine hours of great music in the air conditioned comfort of two concert halls plus outdoor entertainment, a food court and vendors selling everything from hard-to-find CDs to crafts and interesting merchandise. Jazzfest will take place on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey on Saturday, June 11th from Noon to 9:00 p.m.

The afternoon lineup includes:

· The Winard Harper Sextet with special guest Phillip Harper and a rare reunion of the renowned Harper Brothers.

· The always entertaining Jay Leonhart joined by Harry Allen on saxophone and Joe Cohn on guitar.

· The swinging sounds of the Jazz Lobsters Big Band featuring Carrie Jackson on vocals and Larry McKenna on Tenor Sax.

· And the ever popular Ken Peplowski Quartet.

In the food court, the trad sounds of Emily Asher’s Garden Party will fill the air and the virtuoso trombonist will be joined by Dan Levinson on reeds, Bria Skonberg on Trumpet, Jared Engel on Banjo and John Phillip on Sousaphone.

The evening concert kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with the exciting vocals and guitar of Allan Harris and his Quartet followed by the critically acclaimed Ellington Legacy Band under the leadership of Edward Kennedy Ellington II. The Legacy Band also includes Norman Simmons on piano and Virginia Mayhew on Tenor Saxophone. Also at the evening concert, the New Jersey Jazz Society will honor Mayor Mary Anna Holden of Madison, and Jon Brauer and Anthony Ferrara of Toyota of Morristown.

Most of the music takes place in two venues, Dolan Hall in the Annunciation Center and the Octagon Theatre right next door. As an extra bonus, there will be a variety of vendors offering a wide selection of food, hard to find records, jazz CDs, art and crafts of all kinds. Admission to the craft and food court is free.

Jazzfest is made possible through the generous support of Toyota of Morristown, RXR Realty, the Star-Ledger, WBGO Jazz99FM, Hot House Magazine, Songbirds Agency, Hullarious Productions and the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance.


SPECIAL ROOM RATE FOR JAZZFEST ATTENDEES

The Best Western Morristown Inn is the official festival hotel and offers a special discount room rate for attendees of the festival. The Morristown Inn is located just two miles from the College. For reservations, call 973-540-1700.

ORDER TICKETS BY JUNE 9 FOR SAVINGS

The College of Saint Elizabeth is on Route 124 (36 Madison Avenue) just a couple miles east of Route 287 in Morris Township, New Jersey. Tickets for Jazzfest are only $55.00 in advance, and $70.00 at the gate. New Jersey Jazz Society members enjoy a special rate available through the website. Full time students with valid ID are only $10.00 at the gate. Parking is free and train travel is easy with a station right at the college gate.  The gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the music begins at noon. For more information on tickets and directions visit the New Jersey Jazz Society website (www.njjs.org) or call the NJJS Hotline at 800-303-NJJS (6557).

CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ OCTOBER MUSIC

Here is a list of all upcoming Cornelia Street Cafe upcoming shows for the month of October 2010.  The Cornelia Street Cafe is located between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village
1 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, V, F to West 4th St.

OCTOBER Music Schedule:

Fri  Oct 01
9:00PM & 10:30PM     MIKE BAGGETTA QUARTET
(Mike Baggetta, guitar; Jason Rigby, tenor saxophone; Eivind Opsvik, bass; George Schuller, drums)
Cover $10   http://www.mikebaggetta.com

Sat  Oct 02
6:00PM     VINCE BELL
$15 "cover" includes a drink
http://www.vincebell.com/

Sat  Oct 02
9:00PM & 10:30PM  MICHAEL ADKINS QUINTET
(Michael Adkins, tenor saxophone; Russ Lossing, piano; Todd Neufeld, guitar; John Hébert, bass; Billy Mintz, drums)
Cover $10   http://www.myspace.com/infotation

Sun  Oct 03
8:30PM     BILL WARE'S VIBE QUARTET
(Bill Ware, electric vibraphone; Matt King, piano; Carlo De Rosa, bass; Jaime Aff, drums)
Cover $10

Mon  Oct 04
8:30PM     AMRAM & CO
(David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises; Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel; John de Witt, bass; Adam Amram, percussion; John Ventimiglia, actor)
Cover $10   http://www.davidamram.com

Tue  Oct 05
6:00PM     SHAKESPEARE HIP HOP
(Devon Glover)
The Sonnet Man Band is an exciting new New York City band fusing Shakespeare's Sonnet's to Hip Hop. You'll hear Shakespeare like you never heard him before as sensational young rap artist, Devon Glover, brings you to your feet. Not to be missed.
Robin Hirsch, Minister of Culture.  Cover $10

Tue  Oct 05
8:30PM     BLUE TUESDAYS:DOUG WAMBLE
(Doug Wamble, guitar, vocals)
Julie Hardy, Host.  Cover $10   http://www.dougwamble.com

Wed  Oct 06
8:30PM   ARUN RAMAMURTHY WITH AKSHAY ANANTAPADMANABHAN
(ARUN RAMAMURTHY, violin; AKSHAY ANANTAPADMANABHAN, mridangam; ROOPA MAHADEVAN, vocals; MITHUN RADHAKRISHNA, mandolin)
Cover $10   http://www.arunramamurthy.com

Thu  Oct 07
8:30PM     JESSE STACKEN TRIO
(Jesse Stacken, piano; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Jeff Davis, drums)
Cover $10   http://www.jessestacken.com

Fri  Oct 08
9:00PM & 10:30PM     REZ ABBASI ACOUSTIC QUARTET (RAAQ) CD RELEASE
(Rez Abbasi, acoustic guitar; Bill Ware, vibraphone; Stephan Crump, bass; Eric McPherson, drums)
Cover $10   http:// www.reztone.com

Sat  Oct 09
9:00PM & 10:30PM     REZ ABBASI ACOUSTIC QUARTET (RAAQ) CD RELEASE
(Rez Abbasi, acoustic guitar; Bill Ware, vibraphone; Stephan Crump, bass; Eric McPherson, drums)
Cover $10   http://www.reztone.com

Sun  Oct 10
8:30PM    ANDREW RATHBUN CD RELEASE EVENT FOR THE IDEA OF NORTH
(Andrew Rathbun, saxophones; Taylor Haskins, trumpet; Nate Radley, guitar; Frank Carlberg, piano, electric piano; Jay Anderson, bass; Ted Poor, drums)
Cover $10   http://www.andrewrathbun.com

Tue  Oct 12
8:30PM     LOREN STILLMAN AND BAD TOUCH
(Loren Stillman, alto saxophone, composition; Nate Radley, guitar; Gary Versace, organ; Ted Poor, drums)
Cover $10   http://www.lorenstillman.com

Wed  Oct 13
8:30PM     BECCA STEVENS PRESENTS:ALAN HAMPTON'S PARTS AND PIECES
(Alan Hampton, vocals; Jason Moran, piano; Gretchen Parlato, vocals; Dana Stephens, saxophone)
Cover $10   http://www.alanhampton.com

Thu  Oct 14
6:00PM     GHOSTS IN THE OCEAN
(Carol Lipnik; Matt Kanelos; Frank Tedesso, singer/ songwriter/ poet)
Songs To Celebrate The End Of The World
With special guest Frank Tedesso
Carol Lipnik (of Spookarama) and Matt Kanelos (of The Smooth Maria), each accomplished singer/ songwriters in their own right, have formed an exciting side project called Ghosts In The Ocean.
$10 charge includes a drink
Cover $10   http://www.myspace.com/ghostsintheocean

Thu  Oct 14
8:30PM     JOHN O'GALLAGHER TRIO FEATURING BEN MONDER AND DAN WEISS
(John O'Gallagher, alto saxophone, compositions; Ben Monder, guitar; Dan Weiss, drums)
Cover $10   http://www.johnogallagher.com

Fri  Oct 15
9:00PM & 10:30PM     JUERGEN FRIEDRICH, JOHN HÉBERT, TONY MORENO, WITH SPECIAL GUEST:BEN MONDER
(Juergen Friedrich, piano; John Hébert, bass; Tony Moreno, drums; Ben Monder, guitar)
Cover $10   http://www.pirouetrecords.com

Sat  Oct 16
9:00PM & 10:30PM     JUERGEN FRIEDRICH, JOHN HÉBERT, TONY MORENO, WITH SPECIAL GUEST:LOREN STILLMAN
(Juergen Friedrich, piano; John Hébert, bass; Tony Moreno, drums; Loren Stillman, alto saxophone)
Cover $10   http://www.pirouetrecords.com

Sun  Oct 17
8:30PM     JANE IRA BLOOM TRIO
(Jane Ira Bloom, soprano sax & live electronics; Mark Helias, bass; Bobby Previte, drums)
Cover $10   http://www.janeirabloom.com

Tue  Oct 19
8:30PM     BLUE TUESDAYS:AMANDA BAISINGER
(Amanda Baisinger, vocals; John Shannon, guitar; Pete Rende, piano, accordion; Garth Stevenson, bass; Dan Mintzer, drums)
Julie Hardy, Host.  Cover $10   http://www.myspace.com/amandabaisinger

Wed  Oct 20
8:30PM     RIBS AND BRISKET REVUE
(Paul Shapiro, sax, clarinet, vocals; Cilla Owens, vocals; Glenn Turner, vocals; Dan Rosengard, piano; Booker King, bass; Mo Roberts, drums)
Cover $10   http://www.paulshapiromusic.com

Thu  Oct 21
8:30PM     MARK HELIAS TRIO
(Mark Helias, bass; Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone; Ches Smith, drums)
Cover $10   http://www.markhelias.com

Fri  Oct 22
9:00PM & 10:30PM     BEN WALTZER QUINTET
(Ben Waltzer, piano; Bill McHenry, tenor saxophone; Robin Eubanks, trumpet; tba, bass; tba, drums)
Cover $10 http://benwaltzer.com/

Sat  Oct 23
9:00PM & 10:30PM     BEN WALTZER QUINTET
(Ben Waltzer, piano; Bill McHenry, tenor saxophone; Robin Eubanks, trumpet; tba, bass; tba, drums)
Cover $10 http://benwaltzer.com/

Sun  Oct 24
8:30PM     JACOB GARCHIK TRIO
(Jacob Garchik, trombone, compositions; Jacob Sacks, piano; Dan Weiss, drums)
Cover $10   http://www.jacobgarchik.com

Mon  Oct 25
8:30PM     21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MUSIC PRESENTS:THE BATTERIES DUO
Gareth Flowers, trumpeter of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) presents two sets this evening. The first is for a trumpet and piano duo, featuring the pianist Steve Beck and the cornet solos of Herbert L. Clarke, a turn of the (20th) century composer, the second set is with The Batteries Duo, an electro-acoustic trumpet and laptop duo with Josh Frank.
Cover $10   http://www.thegflo.com

Tue  Oct 26
8:30PM     TRIO PBD
(Ratzo B. Harris, bass; Denman Maroney, piano; Bob Meyer, drums)
Cover $10   http://www.ratzobharris.com

Wed  Oct 27
8:30PM     MIKE + RUTHY'S FOLK CITY, (JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON FAMILY BAND)
(Jay Ungar, violin, mandolin; Molly Mason, guitar, piano; Ruthy Ungar, violin, guitar; Mike Merenda, banjo, percussion)
Cover $20   http://www.jayandmolly.com

Thu  Oct 28
8:30PM     BOB STEWART QUARTET
(Bob Stewart, tuba; Jerome Harris, guitar; Matt Wilson, drums; Curtis Stewart, violin)
Cover $10   http://www.bobstewartuba.com

Fri  Oct 29
9:00PM & 10:30PM     BOB STEWART QUARTET
(Bob Stewart, tuba; Jerome Harris, guitar; Matt Wilson, drums; Curtis Stewart, viola)
Cover $10   http://www.bobstewartuba.com

Sat  Oct 30
9:00PM & 10:30PM     BILL MCHENRY QUARTET
(Bill McHenry, tenor saxophone; Andrew D Angelo, alto saxophone; Ben Street, bass; RJ Miller, drums)
Cover $10 http://www.billmchenry.com/

Sun  Oct 31
8:30PM     SAM SADIGURSKY/JEREMY UDDEN
(Sam Sadigursky, saxophone; Jeremy Udden, saxophone; Linda Oh, bass; Jeff Hirshfield, drums)
Cover $10   http://www.samsadigursky.com

Colin Stetson Announces US Dates w/ Arcade Fire

Colin Stetson has performed the solo saxophone music of New History Warfare in practically every type of venue that music inhabits, and although this music may seem challenging on it's surface, every audience in every room in every city has received it with a warm and energized embrace.

From chanting and clapping crowds of rock fans while opening up for the Arcade Fire in a string of Get out the Vote rallies for the Obama Campaign last summer to a captivated and curious standing room only in rural Germany. The monks at the National Shrine of St. Francis Assissi were so thrilled with an easter sunday performance that they had him back for two more in the years to come. It is a spectacle of physical extremes (Lexy Benaim of the Harlem Shakes likened it to watching the Olympics, and Alex Green at Caught in the Carousel calls him "the Roger Federer of avant-garde instrumental music") and an intense and cathartic experience of sound and lyricism.

Both sonically vast and melodically accessible. Allmusic.com's Sean Westergard had this to say: "Colin Stetson is an absolute master of the saxophone...New History Warfare, Vol. 1 is a truly impressive, fully formed, and highly individual musical statement... Stetson's compositions and ability to tell a musical story are what make this a great album. You haven't heard saxophone music quite like this".

Aside from his work as a soloist, Stetson has brought his unique voice on winds and brass to stage and studio with dozens of artists, including Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, Fiest, Bon Iver, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Marc Ribot, David Byrne, Jolie Holland, Sinead O'Connor, LCD Soundsystem, My Brightest Diamond, Angelique Kidjo, Anthony Braxton, and The National.

Tour Dates:

Tue Oct 5th - Big Sur CA Henry Miller Library

Thu Oct 7th - Los Angeles CA Shrine Auditorium

Fri Oct 8th - Los Angeles CA Shrine Auditorium

Sun Oct 10th - Mexico City Palacio de los Deportes

Tue Oct 12th - Monterrey Banamex Theater

Sonny Rollins Book Event: Saxophone Colossus

Jazz legend Sonny Rollins celebrates his 80th birthday this fall, and Saxophone Colossus has been published to mark this occasion and honor his incredibly prolific career. This intimate appreciation combines the images of John Abbott, who as Rollins’ photographer of choice for the past 20 years has captured the saxophonist at home and at work, and the essays of Bob Blumenthal, a jazz critic who has chronicled Rollins and his art for nearly four decades.

Sonny Rollins has been at the center of jazz and its evolution virtually from his birth. Growing up in Harlem in the heyday of swing and coming of age as the first wave of modernists announced their discoveries, he quickly found himself sharing bandstands with his idols and making music of his own that continues to influence and inspire. Saxophone Colossus, named for the 1956 masterpiece of the same title, is Abbott and Blumenthal’s tribute to Rollins’ music and spirit.

John Abbott’s award-winning jazz photography has been featured on more than 250 album and magazine covers. He has been the primary cover photographer for JazzTimes magazine since 2003. Bob Blumenthal is the winner of two Grammy awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Journalists Association.

Saxophone Colossus: A Portrait of Sonny Rollins Photography by John Abbott Text by Bob Blumenthal
Published by Abrams

Book Signing/Author Event
John Abbott, Bob Blumenthal and Sonny Rollins HIMSELF will be at Barnes & Noble in Tribeca/NYC to sign books and give a talk and slide
show about the new book Saxophone Colossus: A Portrait of Sonny Rollins.

Tuesday September 14, 2010 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Tribeca
97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007, 212-587-5389
Please call the store for event rules and restrictions.

Gordon Edwards STUFF Tonight at the Creole Restaurant

Come and hear some irresistible R'n'B music from a band led by Stuff's legendary founder, leader and bass player, Gordon Edwards. Gordon has played with many of the world's most notable artists from Aretha Franklin to John Lennon to Joe Cocker to Van McCoy. Two of his excellent sideman in this all star band are Alex Foster-Saxophone (Saturday Night Live) and Mick Gaffney-guitar.

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Gordon Edwards STUFF is:

Alex Foster - sax
Roy Bennett - vocals/bass
Wally Gator - drums
Mick Gaffney - guitar
Jimmy Smith - Piano

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Creole Restaurant & Supper Club
http://www.creolenyc.com/
2167 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10035-4040
(212) 876-8838

Livia Devereux @ Metropolitan Room May 25

Vocalist Livia Devereux performs with her band at The Metropolitan Room on May 25 at 7pm. The band for this performance consists of Sarah Jane Cion on piano, Anthony Masi on saxophone, Tony Ventura on acoustic bass and Kirk Devereux on drums.  Livia is celebrating the release of her new CD “Night Winds Whisper”

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“Night Winds Whisper” is an expression of Livia Devereux’s various musical influences such as jazz, R&B, swing and pop. She accomplished this by employing talented New York City musicians from various musical backgrounds under the direction of arranger and producer, Rob Filomena. Livia and Rob brought in a great cast of players such as pianist Sarah Jane Cion, Grammy nominated bassist Phil Palombi, the SYOTOS horn section consisting of trombonist Chris Washburn, Ole Mathisen on saxophone and John Walsh on trumpet. The CD was recorded, mixed and mastered by Grammy winning engineer Luis F. Herrera.

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Livia Devereux | The Metropolitan Room | May 25th, 2010

$15.00 advance tickets  are recommended and available at www.metropolitanroom.com or by calling 1-212-206-0440

M¹Boom, World Saxophone Quartet at Birdland

Nearly three decades have passed since that glorious 1981 evening, when an audience of three thousand gathered in the cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear what Max Roach called a “Grand Collaboration”: a concert by M’Boom and the World Saxophone Quartet.  For those who were there and those who weren’t, this “Great Collaboration” is an eagerly anticipated sequel, an event that promises to get 2010 off to a roaring start. This time, the two legendary ensembles convene for a week at Birdland, January 19-23. Roach founded M’Boom in 1970, as the first ensemble consisting entirely of Western and non-Western percussion instruments, ranging from vibraphone, marimba, and tympani to steel drums, timbales, and glockenspiels. M’Boom, which has numbered as many as 10 players, now includes three of its founding member, Joe Chambers, Warren Smith, and Ray Mantilla, along with Eli Fountain, and Steve Barrios. The World Saxophone Quartet, founded in 1976, is the most celebrated saxophone ensemble in jazz history, and is made up of three founding members: David Murray, Hamiet Bluiett, and Oliver Lake, plus James Carter in the seat originally occupied by Julius Hemphill. These two ensembles fuse together with an almost mystical cohesion, intensity, and flat-out joy.

M’Boom:
M’Boom was the brainchild of Max Roach, the late percussionist, visionary, and seminal figure of modern jazz. In 1970, Roach gathered notable drummers and percussionists to explore and compose for the myriad instruments in the percussion family and named the group “M’Boom.” M’Boom (pronounced ‘em-boom) has a double meaning: it is an onomatopoeia, or “sound word” that sounds like the object of description – boom, pow, crack, etc.; M’Boom is also the name of a secret order of drummers in northern Senegal. Beginning in September 1970, M’Boom learned every category and combination of percussion. After Max Roach’s death in 2007 and the death of three other members, Joe Chambers, Warren Smith, and Ray Mantilla vowed to carry on M’Boom’s vision.

Steve Berrios is considered by his peers to be one of the top Latin jazz drummers, and has recorded and toured with Mongo Santamaria, Randy Weston, Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, Michael Brecker, Grover Washington Jr., Ray Barretto, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Hilton Ruiz, Leon Thomas, La Lupe, Miriam Makeba, Celia Cruz, Nancy Wilson, Kathleen Battle, and with his own group Son Bachéch. His second CD, “And Then Some,” recorded with Son Bachéche on Milestone Records, was nominated for a Grammy in 1996.


Joe Chambers has recorded more than 500 albums and CDs. He has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Andrew Hill, and more. Chambers’ credits include Hubbard’s “Breaking Point,” Hutcherson’s “Components,” Shorter’s “Schizophrenia.” and “Etcetera,” Hill’s “Compulsion,” Tyner’s “Tender Moments,” Archie Shepp’s “New Thing at Newport,” Charles Mingus’ “Like a Bird,” Chick Corea’s “Tones for Joan’s Bones,” and others. Chambers’ compositions have been covered by Hutcherson, Hubbard and M’Boom; he has also contributed to soundtracks for several Spike Lee films, including “Mo’ Better Blues.” Chambers is the first Thomas S. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Jazz in the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Eli Fountain joined M’Boom in 1981. He has performed with Muhal Richard Abrams, the Temptations, Aretha, Franklin, and Geri Allen. His compositions include the percussion ballet “Play,” written for New York’s Complexions Dance Company.

Ray Mantilla entered the international spotlight in 1960 with flutist Herbie Mann, and later embarked on a series of tours with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. In 1977, Mantilla became the first North American Latin musician to play in Cuba since the Cuban Revolution. He has recorded on more than 200 albums. Some of his credits include Max Roach, Charles Mingus, Ray Barretto, Gato Barbieri, Sonny Stitt, Bobby Watson, Herbie Mann, Tito Puente, Cedar Walton, and Freddie Hubbard. In 2003, Mantilla signed with Savant Records and released “Man-Ti-Ya.” In 2007 he was voted best percussionist by the Jazz Journalist Association.  His latest CD is ‘Good Vibrations on the Sarvant label.

Warren I. Smith has performed extensively in the studio and on Broadway, recording and performing with Dionne Warwick, Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte, and Aretha Franklin. He began teaching at Adelphi University in 1969 and at the State University of New York in Old Westbury from 1971-1996.

World Saxophone Quartet

The World Saxophone Quartet were founded in 1976 after the four original members accepted an offer by Ed Jordan, the chairman of the music department at Southern University in New Orleans, to conduct a series of clinics and performances with and without a local rhythm section. The enthusiastic audience response to the unaccompanied saxophones convinced the musicians to develop the concept, and in 1977, the band recorded their first album, the almost completely improvised effort “Point of No Return” on the Moers Music label. The WSQ places consistently in the top five groups in DownBeat’s annual Critic’s Poll, and in 1987 was voted “Best Jazz Group” in the Playboy Readers Poll. Cited as one of that year’s top ten jazz albums by Francis Davis of the Philadelphia Inquirer, their Nonesuch release “Dances and Ballads” “equals their previous best efforts,” according to DownBeat, and “contains several new pieces that may someday be considered among the Quartet’s classics.”


Hamiet Bluiett (baritone sax, alto clarinet) has performed with the Black Artists Group, the Gateway Symphony, Charles Mingus, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and the American Jazz Orchestra, led by John Lewis.

James Carter (saxophones, flute, and bass clarinet), a multiple DownBeat poll winner, is the recipient of one of America’s highest cultural awards: the Dr. Alaine Locke Award, given annually to individuals who have provided exemplary service and leadership in the promotion of African American culture. Carter’s groups include a traditional quartet, electric group, organ trio, and the World Saxophone Quartet. His CDs include “The Real Quietstorm,” “Layin’ in the Cut,” “Chasin’ the Gypsy,” “Out of Nowhere,” and “Gold Sounds.”

Oliver Lake (alto sax, tenor sax, soprano sax, flute) received professional encouragement from trumpeter Lester Bowie. After teaching at the American Center for Artists and Students in Paris and studying at the Electronic Workshop, he moved to New York in 1976 and is currently leading his own highly stylized funk-reggae group Jump Up, as well as a jazz quartet. He is also a published poet.


David Murray (tenor sax, bass clarinet) has recorded as a leader with a trio, a quartet, an octet and a big band, with a style is rooted in, but not confined to, the work of John Coltrane, Ben Webster, R&D and Sonny Rollins.

M’Boom, World Saxophone Quartet 2010 tour

Tour dates
New York City: Birdland, 44th Street, Jan. 19-23, 2010
Milan, Italy: Feb. 14, 2010
Paris, France: Feb. 16, 2010
Hamburg, Germany: Feb. 18-19, 2010