Monday, August 8, 2011

The Henry Grimes Quartet brings it home to Harlem, Aug 12, Black River Cultural Center


WHO: THE HENRY GRIMES NOW! QUARTET, with HENRY GRIMES (leader, upright bass, violin), DAVE BURRELL (piano), TYSHAWN SOREY (drums, percussion), and introducing a great new jazz star on the New York scene, ROBERTO PETTINATO from Argentina (saxophones)
WHAT: CD release celebration and concert

WHEN: Friday, August 12th, 2O11, 8-9:3O p.m. (doors open at 7:3O)

WHERE: Black River Cultural Center, 345 Lenox Ave. (same as 6th Ave. or Malcolm X Blvd.) betw. 127th and 128th St's, Village of Harlem, New York City, in the cultural heart of Harlem, 1-5 blocks from the Apollo Theater, Lenox Lounge, State Office Building, Studio Museum, Sylvia's Restaurant, and many other Harlem landmarks


TRANSPORTATION: #2, 3, B, or D train or M-7 or M-1O2 bus
 to 125th St. (see map at:


 347-434-4O55 (Black River Cultural Center), 
 The Argentinian saxophonist ROBERTO PETTINATO, our featured artist here, is a surprise to the world of jazz. He has long been a major celebrity in Argentina, nationally known there as a music critic, writer, humorist, agent provocateur, and TV and radio host, but not at all as an "avant-garde" jazz musician, and his power and originality in this music cannot be explained. As a youngster growing up in Argentina, 5,OOO miles away from the U.S., Roberto fell in love with the recordings of our revolutionary jazz heroes from the '6Os and thereafter. But back in the '8Os, instead of attempting to play that music, Roberto began playing saxophone in Sumo, a cult band in the local rock scene, and during the early '9Os with Pachuco Cadaver, another cult band in Spain. Amidst all his other activities during the last decade, Mr. Pettinato has recorded a few solo albums (such as the notable "Anticomercial" in 2OO3), and he has performed live with pop bands such as Divididos and Las Pelotas. But earlier this year, Mr. Pettinato finally fulfilled his dream of playing the music of his passion in New York City, and he recorded here with Henry Grimes (one of his all-time music heroes) and young Tyshawn Sorey. And now, for the first time ever, Roberto Pettinato is playing a jazz concert here in New York City, in the Village of Harlem. As Mr. Pettinato recently explained in an interview for, "The recording we made in February is a true free jazz album, absolutely free of preconceptions or issues or anything to hold onto. The freedom is the truth. There is no other way to say it. It is the Plain Truth, without religions, in the realm of the Hereafter, outer space, and infinity. From now on, I'll just do this music, and I will defend it to the death."


In the late '5Os and throughout the '6Os, after receiving his music education at the Mastbaum School in Philadelphia and at the Juilliard School in New York City, HENRY GRIMES played acoustic bass with many master jazz musicians of that era, including Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, and McCoy Tyner. Sadly, a trip to the West Coast to work with Al Jarreau and Jon Hendricks went awry, leaving Henry in downtown Los Angeles at the end of the '6Os with a broken bass he couldn't pay to repair, so he sold it for a small sum and faded away from the music world. He was discovered there by a Georgia social worker and fan in 2OO2 and was given a bass by William Parker, and after only a few weeks of ferocious woodshedding, Henry emerged from his little room to begin playing concerts around Los Angeles, and made a triumphant return to New York City in May, 'O3 to play in the Vision Festival. Since then, Henry Grimes has played nearly 45O concerts (including many festivals), touring throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Far East, playing and recording with many of this decade's music heroes, such as Rashied Ali, Marshall Allen, Fred Anderson, Marilyn Crispell, Andrew Cyrille, Bill Dixon, Dave Douglas, Edward "Kidd" Jordan, Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray, Zim Ngqawana, William Parker, Marc Ribot, Wadada Leo Smith, and again, Cecil Taylor. Henry made his professional debut on a second instrument (the violin) at the age of 7O, has seen the publication of the first volume of his poetry, "Signs Along the Road," and creates illustrations to accompany his new recordings and publications. He has received many honors in recent years, including four Meet the Composer grants and a grant from the Acadia Foundation. He has also held a number of recent residencies and offered workshops and master classes on major campuses, including Berklee College of Music, Buffalo Academy, CalArts, Hamilton College of Performing Arts, Humber College, Mills College, New England Conservatory, the University of Gloucestershire at Cheltenham, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and several more. Henry can be heard on 85 recordings, including a dozen recent ones, on various labels (Atlantic, Ayler Records, Blue Note, Columbia, ESP-Disk, ILK Music, Impulse!, JazzNewYork Productions, Pi Recordings, Porter Records, Prestige, Riverside, Verve, etc.). He has been a permanent resident of New York City since 2OO3.

After majoring in music at the University of Hawaii and graduating from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1965, with degrees in composition / arranging and performance, pianist DAVE BURRELL moved to New York City, quickly establishing himself as a most innovative and original musician, collaborating with emerging leaders in the revolutionary avant-jazz music of the '6Os, and joining the groups of saxophonists Marion Brown, Pharoah Sanders, and Archie Shepp. A pianist of singular stature, Dave's dynamic compositions, with deep blues and gospel roots, recall the tradition of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, James P. Johnson, and Jelly Roll Morton, as well as "avant-garde" composers such as John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk. Mr. Burrell has written an original film score for Oscar Micheaux's 1925 silent film "Body and Soul," music for jazz opera, dance drama, radio and television features, and more. As Musician-In-Residence at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, Dave was commissioned to write music for "Look Again: African-American History is American History" in 2OO7, and his second commission at the Rosenbach, "Syllables of the Poetry of Marianne Moore" in duet with bassist Michael Formanek, had its premiere in 2OO8. His third commission at the museum, "Western Extension of the United States of America (1811 - Astoria)," was premiered in duo with bassist Michael Formanek in 2OO9. Recently, Dave Burrell has been touring the world solo, in duo with singer Leena Conquest, and with Archie Shepp and William Parker in various settings. During the last 3O years, Dave Burrell has appeared on over 115 stellar recordings, 3O under his own name, and on those of Marion Brown, Grachan Moncur III, David Murray, Sunny Murray, William Parker, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, and many more. A frequent lecturer, Dave has given master classes at Bard College, Brandeis University, Bryn Mawr College, Columbia University, Conservatoire Municipal, DePauw University, Duquesne University School of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Dance, the Library of Congress, New York University, Queens College, Rice University, Strasbourg Conservatory, Swarthmore College, Tremblay Conservatory, and the University of Pennsylvania. Recent commissions have come from the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia and the Whitney Museum in New York City. Dave Burrell is the recipient of numerous grants and awards from the William J. Cooper Foundation, John Garcia Gensel Award, MidAtlantic Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts, Pew Fellowship in Jazz Composition, and the Philadelphia Music Foundation.

TYSHAWN SOREY, born in Newark, NJ in 198O, is a very active young composer, multi-instrumentalist, educator, and scholar who works across an extensive range of musical idioms. He began making music on a toy drum set when he was three years old, branched out to piano at age five, followed up with trombone, and was his own self-taught one-man band by the time he was 8. After high school, he studied jazz and performance at William Paterson University. He has performed and / or recorded nationally and internationally with several of his own leader ensembles, as well as groups led by Muhal Richard Abrams, Billy Bang, Anthony Braxton, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, Henry Grimes, Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, Matana Roberts, Michelle Rosewoman, Wadada Leo Smith, and many more. Tyshawn Sorey's recent music has focused on concepts derived from the music of Morton Feldman and Zen Buddhism, using these models for interpreting determinate music, acting as principal generators for the discovery of ideas. Mr. Sorey has conducted and participated in various lectures and master classes on improvisation, composition, contemporary drumming, ensemble playing, and critical theory at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Birmingham Conservatory of Music in the U.K., Cite de la Musique in Paris, Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Hochschule Fur Musik Koln in Germany, International Realtime Music Symposium in Norway, Musikhochschule Nurnberg in Germany, and the School for Improvisational Music in Brooklyn. Tyshawn is currently a private instructor in composition, critical theory, and improvisation for the School of Improvisational Music and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He recently earned his Master's Degree at Wesleyan University, studying with Anthony Braxton. Tyshawn Sorey's music can be heard on the 482 Music, Clean Feed, Firehouse 12, and Pi labels.


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