Coastal Jazz Presents: Bright Moments Series & A Coastal Jazz Christmas

Coastal Jazz and Blues spotlights the newest shakers and movers in the Jazz world with their Bright Moments SeriesGear up for a swingin’ holiday season this year with A Coastal Jazz Christmas.

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Bright Moments Series | Ted Poor Quartet ft. Josh Roseman, Bill McHenry & Ben Street

October 14 @ 8pm

TICKETS: $28 + SC (DISCOUNTS for WF/CJ Members, Seniors, Jazz Friends/Supporters)

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“Adventurous, truly dynamic, and forward-thinking.” –Ilya Stemkovsky, Modern Drummer

Established as one of Jazz’s most in-demand drummers, Ted Poor graces the Grand Luxe Hall with his killer band in tote: Josh Roseman (trombone), Bill McHenry (saxophone), and Eric Revis (bass).  Harmonic interpretations are plenty with this horn-bass-drums quartet, made up of New York’s elite, allowing Poor to use every colour on his palette.

Presented by Cap Jazz Series & Coastal Jazz and Blues Society in association with Western Front New Music.

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Bright Moments Series | Kris Davis Trio

October 18 @ 8pm

TICKETS: $28 + SC (DISCOUNTS for WF/CJ Members, Seniors, Jazz Friends/Supporters)

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Dubbed as one of Jazz’s top up-and-comers, Vancouver-born/Brooklyn-residing Kris Davis has claimed her turf in New York as a pianist/composer. Next stop? The world –which she’s already conquering with her comrades -Tom Rainey (drums) and John Hebert (bass)- all fresh off of their 2015 European tour. Hear for yourself how she “…tackle[s] prepared piano, minimalism and jazz standards, all under one umbrella.” –Jason Moran, 2012.

Presented by Coastal Jazz and Blues Society in association with Western Front New Music.

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Coastal Christmas Jazz | Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-o

December 10 @ 8pm

TICKETS: 28 + SC (DISCOUNTS for WF/CJ Members, Seniors, Jazz Friends/Supporters)

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Bring out the egg-nog and reindeer costumes for this roarin’ performance by jazz drummer Matt Wilson and his band Paul Sikivie (bass) and Jeff Lederer (reeds). Ugly sweaters aside, these legendary jazzers present age-old tunes with fresh, unexpected twists and mastery. Come for the kitsch and stay for the swing!

Presented by Coastal Jazz and Blues Society in association with Western Front New Music.

BIOGRAPHIES

Ted PoorAfter graduating from the Eastman School of Music in 2003, drummer Ted Poor moved to New York City, where he has made a deep impression on the jazz and improvised music scene.  Modern Drummer describes his playing as “adventurous, truly dynamic, and forward-thinking.” Jazz Review writes, “Ted has an uncanny ability to shape the music and a refreshingly unique, organic approach to playing the drums.” This unique approach has caught the ears of many of jazz’s most established musicians and quickly placed him amongst those drummers most in demand. Ted has toured the world over and is a regular member of many bands, including those of Grammy award winning trumpeter Cuong Vu, guitarist Ben Monder, Bad Touch, and the Respect Sextet.  Ted’s most recent project as a leader is called Mt. Varnum.  Formed in August of 2011, Mt. Varnum reconciles a life-long love of deep swing with an equally earnest adoration of classic and indie rock.  The band’s forthcoming debut release “Wounded Caroline” is a powerful and complete manifestation of that union. As an in-demand sideman, Ted has appeared on dozens of recordings and has shared the stage with many world renowned artists such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bill Frisell, Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Kenny Werner, Maria Schneider, Aaron Parks and Ralph Alessi. As a guest soloist and educator, Poor has held residencies at, among others, the Eastman School of Music, Berklee College of Music, Cal Arts, Lawrence University, the University of Oregon, and the HR Big Band of Frankfurt.  He is currently an Artist in Residence at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Kris Davis is a jazz pianist and composer currently based in Brooklyn, originally hailing from Vancouver. Davis has been touted as one of New York’s top up-and-coming musicians by the New York Times, and has won numerous appraisals for her playing from her peers, as well as from knowledgeable fans of jazz music. Reviewing one of the series of striking albums that Davis has released over the past decade, the Chicago Sun-Times lauded the “sense of kaleidoscopic possibilities” in her playing and compositions. Her newest album as a leader is the quintet set Capricorn Climber (Clean Feed, 2013). She made her debut on record as a leader with Lifespan (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2003), followed by more for the Fresh Sound label: the quartet discs The Slightest Shift (2006) and Rye Eclipse (2008), then the trio set Good Citizen (2010). Her 2011 solo piano album on Clean Feed, Aeriol Piano, appeared on Best of the Year lists in The New York Times, JazzTimes and Art Forum. Davis wrote the arrangements for saxophonist-composer Tony Malaby’s nonet album Novela, released by Clean Feed in 2011 and making Best of the Year lists in DownBeat and JazzTimes. The pianist is part of the collaborative Paradoxical Frog with Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Union, the trio’s 2011 album on Clean Feed, made Best of the Year lists by National Public Radio, The New York Times and All About Jazz.

Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Piano from the University of Toronto and a master’s in Classical Composition from the City College of New York. She teaches at the School for Improvised Music. For 2013, New York City’s Jazz Gallery has given Davis a commissioning residency to write for her trio with Tom Rainey and John Hébert and the Shifting Foundation has awarded her a grant to compose for a new large ensemble.

New York based drummer and Grammy nominee Matt Wilson is one of todays most celebrated jazz artists. He is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style as well as being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer, and teaching artist. Matt’s positive energy, sense of humor and ability to explore a broad range of musical settings keeps him in constant demand. In addition, Wilson’s dedication to jazz has helped establish him as a beloved world ambassador for the music, on and off the bandstand. Recently, Matt performed at the White House as part of an all-star jazz group for a State Dinner concert hosted by President Obama. Other performers included Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Chris Botti, Randy Brecker, Antonio Hart and James Genus. Matt was named the artist in residence at the Litchfield Jazz Festival where he conducted a much-heralded public interview with Dave Brubeck. In 2010, Wilson conducted over 250 outreach programs promoting jazz including an acclaimed Jazz for Young Peoples concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Wilson leads the Matt Wilson Quartet, Arts and Crafts, Christmas Tree-O and the Carl Sandburg Project. Matt is integral part of bands led by Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Charlie Haden, Lee Konitz, Bob Stewart, Denny Zeitlin, Ron Miles, Marty Ehrlich, Ted Nash, Jane Ira Bloom and Dena DeRose among others. He has performed with many legends of music including Herbie Hancock, Dewey Redman, Andrew Hill, Bobby Hutcherson, Elvis Costello, Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, John Zorn, Marshall Allen, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell and Hank Jones. Wilson has appeared on 250 CDs as a sideman and has released 9 as a leader for Palmetto Records as well as co-leading 5 additional releases. Matt was featured on the covers of both Downbeat and JazzTimes magazines in November 2009 and was for 5 consecutive years voted #1 Rising Star Drummer in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll. The readers of JazzTimes recently chose him as one of the top 4 drummers in the 2010 Readers Poll. In 2003, he was voted Drummer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association.