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*DOUBLE FEATURE* - DON BYRON IVEY-DIVEY QUARTET + ELDAR

2007-08-28
Showtime: 8:00PM
Doors Open at 6:00PM

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$20.00 $30.00


Don't miss the chance to see this two for the price of one show with Don Byron feat. pianist Jason Moran opposite the young piano prodigy, Eldar!


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*Dbl. Feature* - Don Byron Ivey-Divey Quartet + Eldar
FEATURING:
Don Byron, clarinets & tenor saxophone
Jason Moran, piano
Lonnie Plaxico, bass
Rodney Holmes, drums

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Eldar, piano
Earl Travis, bass
Terreon Gully, drums

DON BYRON

For well over a decade, Don Byron has been a singular voice in an astounding range of musical contexts, exploring widely divergent traditions while continually striving for what he calls "a sound above genre." As clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, arranger, and social critic, he redefines every genre of music he plays, be it classical, salsa, hip-hop, funk, rhythm & blues, klezmer, or any jazz style from swing and bop to cutting-edge downtown improvisation. He has been consistently voted best clarinetist by critics and readers alike in leading international music journals since being named "Jazz Artist of the Year" by Down Beat in 1992. Acclaimed as much for his restless creativity as for his unsurpassed virtuosity as a player, Byron has presented a multitude of projects at major music festivals around the world, including recent performances in Vienna, San Francisco, Hong Kong, London, Monterey, New Zealand, and on New York's Broadway.

BEGINNINGS: Born and raised in the Bronx, Byron was exposed to a wide variety of music by his father, who played bass in calypso bands, and his mother, a pianist. His taste was further refined by trips to the symphony and ballet and by many hours spent listening to Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Machito recordings. He formalized his music education by studying classical clarinet with Joe Allard while playing and arranging salsa numbers for high school bands on the side. He later studied with George Russell in the Third Stream Department of the New England Conservatory of Music and, while in Boston, also performed with Latin and jazz ensembles.

COLLABORATIONS: His artistic collaborations include performances and recordings with Mario Bauza, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, John Hicks, Tom Cora, Bill Frisell, Vernon Reid, Marc Ribot, Cassandra Wilson, Hamiet Bluiett, Anthony Braxton, Geri Allen, Hal Willner, Marilyn Crispell, Reggie Workman, Craig Harris, David Murray, Leroy Jenkins, Bobby Previte, Gerry Hemingway, DD Jackson, Douglas Ewart, Brandon Ross, Ed Neumeister, Tom Pierson, Steve Coleman, Living Colour, Ralph Peterson, Uri Caine, Mandy Patinkin, Steve Lacy, the Kansas City All-Stars, the Bang On A Can All-Stars, Medeski Martin & Wood, Angelique Kidjo, Carole King, Daniel Barenboim, Salif Keita, the Atlanta Symphony, Klangforum Wien, Joe Henry, Paul Auster, Meshell Ndegeocello, and many others.

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ELDAR

Eldar, the young jazz piano phenomenon Billboard calls �astonishing� and the Washington Post hails as a �prodigious talent,� breaks new creative ground on re-imagination, his forward-looking third album for SONY BMG Masterworks, available on June 5.

On re-imagination Eldar fully explores his talent as a composer. His rapidly evolving personal style defines every aspect of the project, from the bold originality of his new songs to a fascinating, sophisticated take on a couple of classic jazz standards, collaborating with a few new friends who give the project a fresh and surprising sound.

Master turntablist DJ Logic brings a distinctive edge and texture to the music of re-imagination. Also joining Eldar for the recording are drummer Ali Jackson Jr. and Carlos Henriquez on acoustic bass � both acclaimed for their work in Wynton Marsalis� quintet � as well as rising guitar star Mike Moreno.

The songs Eldar has created for re-imagination reflect people, places and events in the pianist�s life, which has already been an remarkable adventure at the age of twenty. Emigrating from Russia to the U.S. at age ten, Eldar has toured the world, recorded three albums, and performed at most major jazz festivals and prestigious jazz venues in the decade since. The New York Times praises his "prodigious technique,� and Jazziz marvels at his "encyclopedic knowledge, and endless imagination.�

The opening track on re-imagination � �I Remember When� � is �a song for my parents� says Eldar, adding, �Now and always, I will remember having two of the most wonderful parents one could hope to have.� �Prairie Village� recalls the time he spent in his first American hometown � �a little town � a suburb of Kansas City. It�s where I grew up from the age of ten, when I came to the United States, until I was sixteen. So many kind and special people. A wonderful place to grow up.� Also featured on the disc is the Oscar Peterson tune �Place St. Henri,� which Eldar includes as �a tribute to the first jazz pianist I embraced as a young kid. Oscar Peterson is the biggest influence on my approach to jazz piano.�

Eldar will tour U.S. tour this summer and fall, and will visit Europe and Russia before the year's end.

The 20-year-old has earned widespread recognition and praise for his talents: He was the youngest pianist ever to perform on Marian McPartland�s venerable NPR show Piano Jazz, and has appeared on national television, including CBS' Sunday Morning, Late Night With Conan O'Brien and the 2000 telecast of the Grammy Awards.

 

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