Music Program

Saturday, February 2, 2002


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Concert featuring: Steve Swell (Trombone); Daniel Carter (Woodwinds, Trumpet); Tom Abbs (Contrabass, Tuba); Dave Brandt (Drums)

Steve Swell is among the most formidable trombonists working today. He has performed and recorded with many of the finest composers and improvisers in the world, from jazz giants Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich, to so-called outsiders like Anthony Braxton and Jemeel Moondoc. Swell has four recordings as a leader and is a featured artist on more than thirty-five other releases with artists including alto saxophonist Tim Berne, drummer Joey Baron, and bassist William Parker. Saxophonist/trumpeter Daniel Carter has been making improvised music for decades, but he still remains largely unknown. He's worked with some of the most influential figures on the avant garde music scene, such as Cecil Taylor and Sun Ra. Carter seeks out collective groups where each member equally shares the responsibility of leadership. Current projects include a quartet called TEST, which has been performing for nearly a decade on the streets and in the subways of New York City, and Other Dimensions in Music with William Parker and Roy Campbell. Carter has also played solo saxophone in various areas of downtown New York on a weekly basis for over ten years. Percussionist/composer David Brandt has been professionally active since 1987 in New York City, San Francisco and Boston performing, composing, recording and teaching in a variety of veins ranging from art music to rock, traditional jazz and classical music. During his formative years he was fortunate to have had the guidance of many fine teachers, including Milford Graves and Alan Dawson. Most recently David has been living in Brooklyn, NY, playing in the downtown jazz scene and acting as Vice-President of the not-for-profit arts coalition Jump Arts. Tom Abbs studied bass and tuba from the age of twelve in his hometown of Seattle Washington. He made New York his home in 1991 and has been working steadily ever since. Abbs has shared the bandstand with the likes of Reggie Workman, Rashied Ali, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, Roy Campbell, Ori Kaplan and many others. Besides all this, Tom is the founder and driving force behind the arts coalition Jump Arts, which since its 1998 inception has presented over sixty performances and educational workshops.

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