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Showtime: 12:30AM
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SPON CON: Marco Cappelli / Chris Dingman / James Hurt / Jim Pugliese
Marco Cappelli, guitar
Chris Dingman, vibraphone
James Hurt, percussion
Jim Pugliese, drums

Spontaneous Construction, presented by Search & Restore, is a series based on jazz's most important and distinctive element: improvisation. For each Friday night at 12:30am, ensembles are created from a pool of musicians ranging from up-and-coming to legendary, hand-picked to perform as a group for the first time. No rules or boundaries exist - the artists are free to create music on the spot as they see fit. After 30 years as one of the finest jazz club's in the world, the Spontaneous Construction Series brings back the feel of the old Blue Note Late Night Jam Sessions, but with a new and forward-thinking concept.



Italian guitarist Marco Cappelli has lead an extraordinary artistic path, developing fluency in both rigorous written music and the language of free improvisation. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Anthony Coleman, Michel Godard, Butch Morris, Franco Piersanti, Enrico Rava, Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp, Giovanni Sollima, Markus Stockhausen, and Cristina Zavalloni. He also appears regularly as a guest in classical and contemporary music series and in jazz and avant garde music festivals. Among the founders of the acclaimed Italian contemporary music group Ensemble Dissonanzen, Cappelli is currently based in New York, where he is involved with the contemporary and avant-garde music scenes. He is also active as a teacher in Italy and in the US. He has released three solo albums and numerous recordings with various ensembles, including a 2008 debut release by his band IDR ("Italian Doc Remix").


Hailed by the New York Times as a "dazzling" soloist and composer with a "fondness for airtight logic and burnished lyricism," Chris Dingman is one of the most sought-after vibraphonists of his generation. Schooled in the jazz tradition, yet influenced by a wide range of music and experience, Dingman draws inspiration and meaning from a diverse set of musical sources, uniting them in a progressive approach that has earned him praise for his "poignant work" (David Sprague, Variety), his "adaptive humility" (Nate Chinen, NY Times), and as "downright hypnotic" (John Barron, All About Jazz). He has performed and studied with many of the world's greatest jazz musicians, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, and many others. Now based in Brooklyn, NY, he is currently working with many of the leading lights on the jazz and creative music scene, both as a sideman and as a leader with his project Waking Dreams.


New York-based pianist and percussionist James Hurt first won attention playing on sessions with musicians like Antonio Hart and Russell Gunn in the mid-'90s. Raised in Memphis, he grew up playing the drums, but an early encounter with piano guru Phineas Newborn shifted his focus to the keyboard. He released his debut album on Blue Note Records, entitled Dark Grooves - Mystical Rhythms, in 1999. Since that time, he has worked with a host of prominent jazz artists, including Stacey Dillard, Ron Blake, Graham Haynes, and Bilal.


Drummer, composer, and percussionist Jim Pugliese is much in demand as a freelance musician. He has performed with The New York Philharmonic Horizon Series as a guest artist, with the New York City Ballet, and as a soloist or performer on numerous new music and jazz festivals in Europe, Japan, and the US. For the last 20 years, while living in New York City's East Village, he has been improvising, recording, and touring with many of the city's most prominent composers and improvisers, including John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Zeena Parkins, Bobby Previte, and Anthony Coleman. He has recorded on over 90 CDs of new music, jazz, rock, and movie soundtracks. His latest album, Live @ Issue Project Room NYC, was just named the Best New Release of 2008 in All About Jazz NY. His other current projects include a collaborative band with Marco Cappelli (IDR), exploring the relationship between southern Italian folk music and improvisation, and his current project, Big Easy.


Search & Restore is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to uniting and developing the audience for new jazz music. Founded by Adam Schatz in 2007, S&R does anything and everything to spread the incredible music being made in New York City at this very moment, driven by creative melodic approach and incredible improvisers, through concert presentation (including the Winter Jazzfest & Undead Jazzfest) and web development ( In December, they successfully raised $75,000 through Kickstarter to spend 2011 filming over 200 concerts throughout the city and building artist pages for every musician filmed, creating the first content-based site to focus on new jazz, and a true point of discovery for new and current fans alike. So….get ready for that.



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