Renee Rosnes is one of the premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation. In 1986, she relocated from Vancouver, Canada to New York City, quickly establishing a reputation as a major talent. She has toured and recorded with bands led by such legends as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, JJ Johnson, James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson, Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Buster Williams, and Ron Carter’s Foursight Band. She is a founding member of the all-star octet, the SFJAZZ Collective, with whom she toured for six years.
As a leader, Renee has released 15 acclaimed albums and has appeared on numerous other recordings as a consummate sideman. Ms. Rosnes’ most recent recording is Written In The Rocks (Smoke Sessions), and features her all-star band of vibraphonist Steve Nelson, saxophonist Steve Wilson, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Bill Stewart. It showcases Renee at the height of her pianistic and compositional powers. A four-star DownBeat review states that it is, “An exceptional achievement. Written in the Rocks establishes – or reinforces – that Rosnes is a virtuoso jazz composer.”
In 2003, SOCAN named Renee Composer of the Year, and she is a four time JUNO award winner. She has produced concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center as well as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. In 2014, Renee arranged music for, and recorded with celebrated soprano, Renée Fleming. Renee also frequently performs with her husband, pianist Bill Charlap, and in 2010 the couple released their debut two-piano recording, Double Portrait (Blue Note). The piano duo was also featured with Tony Bennett on four tracks of the Grammy nominated album: Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining (Columbia, 2015).
Wallace Roney Quintet
Wallace Roney – Sax
Emilio Modeste – Tenor Sax
Oscar Williams – Piano
Curtis Lundy – Bass
Ronnie Burrage – Drums
Wallace Roney earned the admiration and respect of his colleagues and his elders since age 16. He has been an integral part of the band with Tony Williams, Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Walter Davis Jr., Herbie Hancock, Jay McShann, David Murray, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Curtis Fuller, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. He was one of the few musicians in his generation who learned and perfected his craft directly from alliances with Jazz Masters. But his most important and meaningful relationship was with Miles Davis.
Wallace was mentored by Miles Davis after Miles heard him in 1983 at his birthday gala performance in Carnegie Hall. Their association peaked when Miles chose Wallace to share the stage at his historic performance in Montreux in 1991. After Davis died, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams and Roney banded together and toured the world in tribute.
Rene Marie – vocals
Quentin Baxter Jr – drums
John Chin – piano
Elis Bailey – bass
In a span of two decades, 11 recordings and countless stage performances, vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions laid down by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of past generations, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style. Her body of work is musical, but it’s more than just music. It’s an exploration of the bright and dark corners of the human experience, and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit.
René was born in November 1955 into a family of seven children in Warrenton, Virginia. While neither of her parents were formally trained musicians, radio and records of all kinds – blues, folk, bluegrass and classical – made up the soundtrack to her childhood. Rene had just one year of formal piano training at age nine, then another year of lessons at age 13 after her parents divorced and she moved with her mother to Roanoke, Virginia.
During her teenage years, she sang in a few R&B bands at musical functions in her community. She composed and sang her first piece with a band when she was 15.
But René put her musical aspirations aside to make room for the obligations and responsibilities of adulthood. She married a former bandmate when she was 18, and by the mid-1990s, she was the mother of two and working in a bank. When she was 41, her older son convinced her to start singing again, and she took a few tenuous steps into her local music scene, singing for tips one night a week in a hotel bar. It would be several months before she actually earned any real money as a singer.
Her husband was initially supportive of her reboot to her musical career, but things changed by the end of 1997, when he issued an ultimatum: stop singing or leave their home. Tension over the issue escalated from emotional abuse to domestic violence, and she left the house and the marriage behind.
“Something happens when you get up on stage and start making music with someone,” René explains. “Another part of your personality comes to life. I had kind of pushed that down over the years, but because of the music, I was able to speak up and defend myself and be my own advocate. So when my husband gave me that ultimatum, it wasn’t that I thought, ‘Oh my God, I have to sing.’ It was more like, ‘I don’t think I want to live with anybody who thinks it’s okay to issue an ultimatum like that.”
Over the next 18 months, she made a series of profound course corrections that steered her back toward a full-time career in music. She left the bank job, moved to Richmond, Virginia, divorced her husband of 23 years, produced her first CD, signed onto the MaxJazz label and took the title role in the world premiere production of Ella and Her Fella, Frank at the Barksdale Theatre in Richmond.
René’s self-produced CD, Renaissance, was released in 1999. In 2000, she signed onto the MaxJazz label and recorded four more over the next four years: How Can I Keep from Singing? (2000), Vertigo (2001), Live at Jazz Standard (2003) and Serene Renegade (2004). She parted ways with the label in 2005 as part of a strategy to take more control of her own career track. She moved to Denver, where she recorded and co-produced her sixth CD, Experiment in Truth, released in 2007. She also focused her musical and acting talents on a one-woman stage show, Slut Energy Theory: U’Dean, a play about overcoming abuse and incest. The play premiered in October 2009, and the soundtrack, released by the end of that same year, was the seventh installment in her discography.
Part of René’s musical philosophy has been focused on giving back. In 2010, she launched a series of vocal therapy group sessions called SLAM. “I’ve never been to college or received any ‘professional’ training,” she said at the time, “so I feel a bit anxious about my ability to convey my personal approach to singing. However, I know what I know, and I’ve always been up for a good challenge.” And in a self-deprecating moment, she added: “Although the thought of attempting to share my vocal philosophy often makes me wonder if I have completely lost touch with reality.”
René joined the Motéma label with the 2011 release of Voice of My Beautiful Country, followed later that same year by Black Lace Freudian Slip. Her 2013 followup, I Wanna Be Evil: With Love To Eartha Kitt, earned a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Vocals category.
The newest installment in her ever-expanding body of work is Sound of Red, a CD set for release on Motéma in April 2016. It’s her first album of all-original material, an 11-song set that provides insightful glimpses into the many small but profound turning points that are part of an individual life. René’s clever songcraft and sensual vocal delivery make those personal moments not only meaningful but enlightening to a broad audience.
“I wanted to make a record that people could go back to again and again to excavate their emotions,” says René. “We cover things over every day. We have to in order to move through the day and move through our lives. We can’t always afford to be vulnerable to things like pain, loss, confusion, hurt and frustration. I want this record to provide some kind of architecture to provide support in those moments when our emotions are not necessarily happy ones.”
Perhaps more than most artists, René understands music’s capacity to heal and inspire. Not only has she herself been the beneficiary of it, but she has made every effort along the way to extend those same benefits to others.
“I have never forgotten the early lessons learned about the power of music,” she says. “Today, I try to imbue that feeling of emotion into every song I write and every song I sing – every time. I am very happy to be alive today, doing the things I love to do – singing, composing, writing, teaching and arranging.”
Willie Jones III Quintet
Willie Jones III – Drums
Stacy Dillard – Tenor Sax
Josh Evans – Trumpet
Julius Rodriguez – Piano
Alex Claffy – Bass
Willie Jones III releases My Point Is…, a collection of originals written by Jones and musicians who appear on the record, and new arrangements of tunes by the greats Horace Silver and Herbie Hancock. My Point Is…, Jones’ seventh album as a leader, and the eighteenth release on WJ3 Records, is now available in stores, on iTunes and Amazon.com.
Jones’ indomitable will to swing infuses My Point Is…, the newest musical statement from one of today’s most prolific artists and producers in modern jazz. The date features a nonpareil rhythm section — Jones on drums, pianist Eric Reed and bassist Buster Williams — who propel a multi-generational, all-star cast of improvisers — trumpeter Eddie Henderson and tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore. In 2016, the group work shopped the project over a four night engagement at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola before recording the collection of what Jones simply calls, “finger snappin’ music.” A leader and artist who surrounds himself with fellow musicians who compose great works, Jones selected compositions by Reed and Williams for My Point Is…. The title track, one of three tunes composed by Jones, is inspired by a phrase his father would commonly use to emphasize a thought or belief. Stunning interpretations of “Peace” by Horace Silver and “The Maze” by Herbie Hancock compliment the album.
Throughout his career, Jones has lent his supple rhythm and spirit to jazz’s most important artists. As a leader, he has performed around the world to present straight ahead swing at its finest. He continues to prove to be one of jazz music’s most sought out drummers and producers, as he has been consistently named in Downbeat Critics’ Poll Rising Star Drums and Producer categories.
Noah Preminger Quartet
Of Brooklyn-based saxophonist Noah Preminger, The New York Times declares: “Mr. Preminger designs a different kind of sound for each note, an individual destiny and story.” Preminger, just 31 and the winner of Downbeat Magazine’s Rising Star Best Tenor Saxophonist, has recorded numerous critically acclaimed albums. Three new recordings were released in late 2016/early 2017, including an all-ballads date on the French vinyl label, Newvelle Records, a recording inspired by Delta Mississippi Blues musicians, Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground and on Inauguration Day, 2017, Preminger released his 8th album as a bandleader, Meditations On Freedom, as a musical protest at ominous political developments in America. A duo recording with pianist, Frank Carlberg, a Quartet recording on Criss Cross Records, and a Preminger Plays Preminger album – the music of Otto Preminger’s films – on vinyl-only label, Newvelle Records, will all be released in 2018.
Born in 1986, Preminger grew up in Canton, Connecticut. Preminger released his debut album, Dry Bridge Road, just after his 21st birthday and was named Debut of the Year in the Village Voice Critics Poll. Preminger’s second and third albums as a leader came in 2011 and 2013 while signed to the Palmetto Records label. The Boston Globe hails Preminger as “A master with standards and ballads, as well as an adventurous composer.” The saxophonist has performed on key stages from the United States to Europe and Australia, and he has played and/or recorded with the likes of Dave Holland, John Patitucci, Fred Hersch, Dave Douglas, Billy Hart, Rob Garcia, Joe Lovano, Victor Lewis, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Roscoe Mitchell, and Dr. Eddie Henderson.
OLD LYME INN
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In 2011 Ken and his wife Chris bought the beautiful, but sadly neglected, Old Lyme Inn and put their hearts and souls into bringing its former glory to life. Once the inn became an established part of the community, Ken set his sights on an unused “side door” space attached to the inn, visualizing the perfect jazz venue: Intimate, welcoming, elegant and a quality, great sounding room that the very best jazz artists would be happy to play in!
On May 10th, 2013 its door and stage was opened by none other than the venerable George Wein and his Newport All Star band, cutting the ribbon and giving his blessing to an awestruck Ken Kitchings! An incredible gala night opening to be remembered – setting the standard and placing The Sidedoor firmly on the jazz venue map!
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