MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ SESSIONS @ QUINN’S IN BEACON, NY ANNOUNCES ITS SCHEDULE FOR 2014
The Monday night jazz sessions that began this past October at the new Beacon, NY venue Quinn’s have been enormously well-received both by audiences (many of whom by no means jazz fans) and musicians, locally and worldwide. By showcasing some of the most acclaimed, uncompromising artists covering a very wide spectrum of the music in a relaxed, supportive, listener-friendly environment — one that has already been recognized in a very short period of time as a great hang with excellent food and beverages — these sessions have sought to create a new model in creative music presentation, expanding this music to a new region and a new audience eager to hear more. As a result, the series, curated by Beacon musician James Keepnews, has been extended into the new year.
The remaining concerts in the series for 2013 include:
December 9: Rich Rosenthal Quartet – Supporting their superb CD release Falling Up, one of the region’s finest, most forward-thinking guitarists is joined by Chris Kelsey on saxophones, Craig Nixon on bass and Dean Sharp on drums;
December 16: Harmolodic Monk – Trumpeter/alto clarinetist Matt Lavelle and vibraphonist/percussionist John Pietaro honor the work of the late pianist and composer Thelonious Monk with their vigorous, 4-D reconstructions of the Monk songbook, explored via the revolutionary philosophy of Ornette Coleman;
December 23: Kali. Z. Fasteau/L. lee mixashawn rozie – Extraordinary sonic explorations featuring Fasteau on keyboard, drum set, voice, ney flutes and mizmar and Rozie on tenor and soprano saxophones, flute and djembe.
And starting in 2014, the following artists will be featured as part of the Monday jazz sessions at Quinn’s:
January 6: Joe McPhee/Dominic Duval: The Dream Book – legendary Hudson Valley multi-instrumentalist McPhee, coming off of a major performance for the boxed-set re-issue his seminal Poughkeepsie-recorded 1970 date Nation Time held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in November, joins his long-time associate, celebrated bassist Duval in this rare local appearance;
January 13: Paul Kogut Trio – Chicago guitar master Kogut returns to Beacon with his dynamic trio, featuring Drew Gress on bass and Vinnie Sperrazza on drums;
January 20: Keegan/Grilliot/ Miller – American trombonist Matt Keegan, now based in Australia, makes his Beacon debut in a trio including veterans of past Quinn’s jazz sessions, bassist François Grilliot and drummer Dave Miller.
January 27: Mike Dopazo Trio – Exciting, up-and-coming local saxophonist Dopazo cooks in a trio featuring Jon Doty on drums;
February 3: Andrea Wolper Trio – The sultry, swinging vocals of Wolper are gorgeously accompanied by her ensemble, featuring Michael Howell on guitar and Ken Filiano returning to Quinn’s once more on bass;
February 10: Daniel Levin/Juan Pablo Carletti – Two recognized figures on their instruments — Levin on cello and Carletti on drums — ignite an improvisational fire both wondrous and dangerous;
February 17: Patrick Brennan/Cooper-Moore — Scorching alto saxophonist Brennan is joined by the storied multi-instrumentalist Moore on percussion and handmade instruments;
February 24: Kenny Wessel Trio — Superb guitarist Wessel, formerly in Ornette Coleman’s pioneering electric band Prime Time and countless other groups, leads an accomplished trio featuring Matt Pavolka on bass and Russ Meissner on drums;
March 3: Lou Grassi — Veteran drummer Grassi, who has played with everyone from vocalists Johnny Hartman and Sheila Jordan to impassioned experimentalists Marshall Allen and William Parker, leads a powerful trio featuring James Brandon Lewis on saxophones and Max Johnson on bass.
Quinn’s is located at 330 Main St. in Beacon, NY. Each Monday jazz session begins at 8 PM and is presented with no cover charge, although donations for musicians will be requested and gratefully accepted.