Music Program

Saturday, January 13 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 general admission, $12 students/seniors, $10 members

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Nu Band

Mark Whitecage - alto saxophone, clarinet
Thomas Heberer - trumpet
Joe Fonda - contrabass
Lou Grassi - drums

The Nu Band is a dynamic group of world class artists—all of whom lead a number of groups, play and record with a variety of master musicians globally, and compose original music.

Due to the sad and untimely death of the great Roy Campbell just prior to a 2014 European tour, it became necessary to find a replacement for our beloved friend. It was our good fortune that trumpet/cornet master Thomas Heberer was able to make himself available. The tour was a great success and we've now documented this band for our new CD, The Cosmological Constant (In Memory of Roy Campbell, Jr.) which was released on Not Two Records in April, 2015.

The Nu Band has performed at The Knitting Factory, The Vision Club Series and The Music Now Festival and The Vision Festival in NYC; The Bop Shop, Rochester, NY; The Chicago Cultural Center; Hallwalls Contemporary Center for the Arts, Buffalo, NY; The Detroit Art Space, The University of Pittsburgh, The University of Indiana and many other venues throughout the U.S. The Nu Band toured Europe in January 2005, October 2007, January 2009, January 2011, March 2012 and March 2014 thrilling audiences in France, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Austria, Hugary, Italy and Leichtenstein. They have seven well-received CD releases available: The Cosmological Constant (In Memory of Roy Campbell, Jr.) (Not Two MW 923-2), Relentlessness The Nu Band Live at The Sunset (Marge 49) Live In Paris (No Business NBCD 16) Lower Eastside Blues (Porter Records PRCD 4025), The Dope and The Ghost / Live in Vienna (NotTwo Records MW788-2), The Nu Band Live (Konnex KCD 5141), The Nu Band / Live at The Bop Shop (Clean Feed CF002CD).

Thomas Heberer has performed on 6 continents; was a part-time lecturer at the Hoch Conservatory at Frankfurt am Main (1993-97) and a guest lecturer at the Banff Centre in 2007; served as Germany's representative with the European Broadcast Union Big Band in 1998; recorded over 50 CDs as a sideman; and has a dozen CDs under his own leadership. The Penguin Guide to Jazz called him "an outstandingly gifted trumpeter," colleague Dave Douglas "a European master," and critic Steve Lake "our new trumpet genius." He was awarded both the SWR-Jazzpreis, and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik in 1990, and Han Bennink's Instant Composers Pool (ICP), he won the Down Beat Critics TDWR Poll in 2002, and 2 years later the Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik with Aki Takase's Band.

Mark Whitecage is internationally known as a dynamic, ceaselessly inventive instrumentalist and composer in jazz and new music. Current projects include solo work as well as his own Duos, Trios, Quartets, and Quintets. He has a number of award-winning recordings on Acoustics, CIMP and GM Recordings, including a series of CDs just released on Acoustics. Since the 1960's he has performed and recorded with some of the leading artists of our time, including Jeanne Lee, Anthony Braxton, Gunter Hampel, Dominic Duval, Joe McPhee, Steve Swell, Marshall Allen and Saheb Sarbib, in the US, Canada, and Europe. "Whitecage is again magnificent." - Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz.

Joe Fonda is an accomplished international artist who has performed and recorded as a leader in his own ensembles, most notably The Fonda/Stevens Group, throughout the United States and Europe, and as a sideman with Anthony Braxton, Archie Shepp, Bill and Kenny Barron, Ken McIntyre, Charlie Persip, Lou Donaldson, Leo Smith, Curtis Fuller, Mark Whitecage, Kunle Mwanga, Majeed Greenley, Bobby Naughton and others. "The music of Joe Fonda is part of a living tradition of belief and dedication. Future historians will be surprised at the breadth of Mr. Fonda's offerings. This is a real virtuoso and composer of the highest order." - Anthony Braxton

Lou Grassi is internationally known for his work in both the traditional and the avant-garde jazz worlds. From the 1970's to the present, Lou has performed and/or recorded with a great variety of outstanding artists, including Marshall Allen, Borah Bergman, Rob Brown, Charles Gayle, Urbie Green, Gunter Hampel, Johnny Hartman, Sheila Jordan, William Parker, Perry Robinson, Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai and many others. Lou is the leader of the Lou Grassi PoBand which has released five CDs and received critical acclaim worldwide. "Lou Grassi is one of those few jazz players who is as comfortable with straight ahead bop as he is with ventures into the realm of the totally free and the creativity and energy are boundless." - Steven A. Loewy, All Music Guide to Jazz

Hallwalls Music Program is made possible through public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.