Presenting a Night of Art + Jazz
Saturday, July 26, 2014 @ 7pm
Tickets: $20 at the door (only) | This concert is dedicated to Michael Duva
The music is based on my reflection of growing up in post-WWII industrial Waterbury, CT and hearing the sound of those Italian, Portugese and Polish accordions – that front stoop music!
STREETSONGS: The Accordian Project
Mario Pavone - Bass and ComposerBassist/Composer
Mario Pavone has collaborated with both legendary innovators and today’s most respected young musicians to consistently define the cutting edge of jazz for the past 50 years. He has anchored the trios of Paul Bley, Bill Dixon and the late Thomas Chapin, and co-led a variety of notable ensemble with Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith and Marty Ehrlich. His list of sidemen past and present includes Jimmy Greene, Steven Bernstein, Gerald Cleaver, Dave Douglas, Peter Madsen, Joshua Redman, Tony Malaby, Craig Taborn, and Matt Wilson, among many others. Unlike most artists whose careers span six decades, his most recent recordings are his most widely acclaimed, appearing on best-of-the-year lists from the New York Times, the Village Voice, Downbeat Magazine, and Slate.com. His discography features 25 recordings as a leader. In addition to his ongoing activities as a bandleader, Pavone’s art work and photography has graced the covers of dozens of recordings. He currently serves as an educator, administrator, and board member for the Litchfield Jazz Festival and Litchfield Summer Jazz Camp. In 2011 Pavone was a recipient of a Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation New Jazz Works Composing Grant. www.mariopavone.com
Carl Testa - Bass
Carl Testa is a bassist/composer currently living in New Haven, CT. He is a member of Anthony Braxton’s Echo Echo Mirror House music group. His most recent release is Iris, an album of compositions for solo bass and electronics. www.carltesta.net
Adam Matlock - Accordion, Vocals
Adam Matlock is an accordionist, vocalist, and composer. He also writes and performs songs under the name An Historic. www.anhistoricmusic.blogspot.com.
Matt Mitchell - Piano
Matt Mitchell is one of a handful of virtuoso pianists currently redefining the instrument’s role in creative improvised music. He is a member of the highly acclaimed Dave Douglas Time Travel Quintet and of Tim Berne’s Snake Oil Units.
Dave Ballou - Trumpet and Arranger
Dave Ballou composes, improvises, and plays the trumpet. He has released 9 CD’s as a leader and appears on many more as a sideman. Some of the many musicians Dave has performed with include Clark Terry, Andrew Hill, Maria Schneider, Sheila Jordan, and Oliver Lake. Dave is an Associate Professor of Music at Towson University where he serves as the coordinator of the Jazz/Commercial music program.
Leise Ballou - French Horn
Leise Ballou plays French horn with the Harrisburg Symphony, the Riverside Symphony, and the OK Mozart Festival Orchestra. Past performances have been with the Metropolitan Opera, the Arizona Symphony, the New York Pops, the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, 42nd St., Candide, and various other shows on Broadway. She is also a Massage Therapist and mother of two amazing sons.
Peter McEachern - Trombone
Peter McEachern has toured and recorded with blues legend Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and minimalist master Lamont Young. He has played and recorded with Thomas Chapin’s Trio Plus Brass and is a longtime collaborator with bassist Mario Pavone. He is currently a music professor at the Salisbury School.
Gary Buttery - Euphonium, Tuba
Gary Buttery is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music and the Director of Bands at Connecticut College and Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Rhode Island. He is a founding member of Alchemy, and is a published composer. Before his career in the United States Coast Guard Band as principal tuba from 1976 to 1998, Gary performed with the Long Beach (CA) Symphony, San Carlo Opera, and taught at Pepperdine University.
Steve Johns - Drums
Steve Johns, Jazz drummer, was born and raised in a musical family in Boston, MA and attended the New England Conservatory of Music. Since moving to New York City, Steve has established himself as one of the top Jazz drummers of his generation. He has worked and recorded with the “Who’s Who” of Jazz including: the Billy Taylor Trio, Count Basie Orchestra, Benny Carter, Nat Adderly, Randy Brecker, Jimmy Heath, Larry Coryell, Lou Donaldson, Stanley Turrentine, and the Thomas Chapin Trio among many others. He has toured and recorded with the legendary opera star Jessye Norman. Steve is on the Jazz faculty at the John J. Cali School of Music at Mountclair State University, Jazz in July at the University of Massachusetts, the Litchfield Jazz Camp, Jazz House Kids, and NJPAC Jazz for teens.