Thursday 21st February 8pm
Bonington Theatre Arnold
Tickets £12.00 £10 concs/£5 students/children free
Jonathan Gee (piano) Joseph Lepore (bass) Gene Calderazzo (drums)
Another great Anglo/US collaboration! This time pianist Jonathan Gee features his New York trio. Lepore and Waits work with the likes of Greg Osby and Dave Douglas, and their amazing communication with Gee leads to stunning three-way conversations of the highest standard. Their CD, Dragonfly has been gathering great reviews from around the world.
A brilliant gem of contemporary piano trio - Jazz Tokyo magazine, January 2012
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Read the Press Release
Jonathan Gee is one of the UK's foremost jazz pianists. A musician with the ability to adapt to any setting from his original contemporary compositions, to the uniquely groove based Northern Star People with Finnish trumpeter Mikka Mylarri and UK vocalist Cleveland Watkiss; and to broadcast, recording and other music industry work:
He has taken the time to travel many other countries around the world, absorbing and progressing his knowledge and talent; forging quality musical associations along the way, particularly in Italy, Finland and the USA, while developing his own particular style.
The calibre of his own specialised trio work has not gone unnoticed, with invitations to work and collaborate with such luminaries of the jazz world as Pharoah Sanders and David Murray. His trio has seen several changes of personnel over the last ten years, growing and becoming more creative with each new combination.
This body of work has stood him in good stead, evolving to become a unique voice on the piano. Nobody plays jazz piano like Jonathan Gee, either here or on the world stage.
His conversational interaction with other band members is intensely felt. He swings; is lyrical, yet with a very contemporary delivery that stretches listeners without alienating them. Unique. His previous tours have ranked among many critics 'top gigs of the year' lists.
Tonight's group will play music from the much-heralded New York trio album, "Dragonfly" featuring many original tunes Jonathan honed over three years of development and spanning two recording sessions in New York itself.
'The fire and invention that marked his recent performances with Pharoah Sanders are in full evidence on this disc…his breathlessly sparkling originality shines through.' Robert Shaw, Jazzwise
"…' A brilliant gem ' of contemporary jazz piano." Jazz Tokyo magazine
Double Bassist, Joseph Lepore is over from the States for this tour. He has been the chosen bass player of many of the biggest talents in the USA for long periods; he was "hand picked" by Greg Osby with whom he regular works today.
Born in New York, he grew up in Southern Italy before moving back to live in the Big Apple in 1997.
His playing, on his own recent album release "Journal" has drawn critical comparisons to the great Ron Carter in style, tone and rhythm.
Joseph is a bass player of great rhythmic ability and a rock in the centre of the trio.
New Yorker Gene Calderazzo is well known to UK audiences for his exhilarating and driving style. Brother of acclaimed pianist Joey Calderazzo (Michael Becker), Gene now lives in the UK after marrying an English girl some years ago.
His work in the States with the likes of Benny Golson, Eddy Henderson, James Moody, Randy Brecker and the Steve's Grossman & Lacy, saw him move smoothly into the UK scene. His work over here has seen him as an integral part of the long-term project The Partisans and gained him work on the rock stage with Sting and Radiohead and further Jazz work with Evan Parker, Mike Gibbs and Gary Husband.
He is also a regular educator at The Royal Academy, Guildhall & Trinity colleges of music in London and the Birmingham Conservatoire.
The interaction within this trio between piano, percussion and bass is one to savour on this tour.
Apart from original compositions we will no doubt hear a Thelonious Monk tune somewhere, as he one of Jonathan's influences (along with Keith Jarrett & Herbie Hancock).
Jonathan was part of the now legendary Monk Liberation Project (with saxophonist Tony Kofi), for the London Jazz Festival some years ago, playing the entire Monk portfolio in one day!
A vocal interpretation or two may also be on the 5-Star menu for this evening.
'…. amazing communication between players…
Today, cutting-edge jazz trios require interaction between players and expect both drummer and bassist to be more than just disciples. Trio leaders such as Jason Moran, John Escreet and Matthew Shipp all write and perform their music as a three-way conversation. Add to that list, London-based pianist Jonathan Gee.
Mark Corroto at allaboutjazz.com