Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Jazz stars at Beattie: saxophonist Gary Smulyan and pianist Pete Malinverni, Sat., Nov. 12, 5pm. Admission $15

Planet Arts returns to Beattie with saxophonist and six-time GRAMMY winner Gary Smulyan and acclaimed pianist and composer Pete Malinverni, for an evening of world-class jazz. Each has collaborated with virtually every jazz master there is, and enjoying these brilliant artists in the intimate setting of Beattie-Powers Place is an experience you won't want to miss. Reservations at rhoveninc@gmail.com

Gary Smulyan

“Recognized as one of the premiere baritone saxophonist in jazz today.” 

Edward Blanco, AllAboutJazz

“…baritone saxophonist supreme Gary Smulyan finds perfection by dropping his 

deep, badass sound into the heart of a groove…”
Frank Alkyer, Downbeat

Born April 4, 1956, in Bethpage, New York, this gifted multi-instrumentalist started his music career by first learning alto saxophone during his teenage years on Long Island. Today he is critically acclaimed across-the-board and recognized as the major voice on the baritone saxophone. His playing is marked by an aggressive rhythmic sense, an intelligent and creative harmonic approach -- and perhaps most importantly – a strong and incisive wit.

In 1980, Smulyan became part of the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra then under the direction of Bob Brookmeyer as well as other important large ensembles including the Mingus Big Band and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Gradually establishing himself, the talented Smulyan was asked to share the stage and the recording studio with a stunning potpourri of luminaries including: trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Dizzy Gillespie, saxophonist Stan Getz, pianist Chick Corea, timbales king Tito Puente, and R&B/Blues and soul icons Ray Charles, B.B. King and Diana Ross.

Smulyan, in addition to performing and recording in support of a myriad of people began to accumulate a discography as a leader. At this point in his career he has at least 10 recordings out under his own name. Meanwhile he continues to play with wide variety of artists – each presenting him with an opportunity to fully express himself. In addition to his work on Monday nights with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Smulyan remains close with Joe Lovano, working with him in his nine-piece Nonet; then there is the exhilarating and liberating Dave Holland Octet and the seminal bassist’s Big Band. Beyond that, Smulyan has also enjoyed stints in the cooperative Three Baritone Saxophone Band as well as working with powerhouse tenor saxophonist George Coleman in his octet and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band that, similar to the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, is comprised of some of the world’s best players.

Gary Smulyan is a four-time winner of the Down Beat Critic’s and Reader’s Poll’s and a multiple winner of numerous other official polls including the Jazz Journalists Award for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year. He is a six-time GRAMMY award winner for his work with B.B. King, Lovano, Holland and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

Pete Malinverni

"One listen and you'll know why Malinverni is one of New York's great pianists."  
M.J. Ryan, Boston Herald

"...exhilarating moment-by-moment creativity. [Malinverni's] precise, detailed, 
elegant playing is highly accomplished technically. It is even more successful poetically."  
Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times

Since coming to New York in 1981, Pete has established himself as a highly respected presence in local and national club and concert performances, as well as abroad in Europe, South America, and Japan, his work earning him an entry in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, as compiled by Ira Gitler and Leonard Feather. Writing in the Charleston (SC) Post and Courier, Jack McCray called him “a fiery but elegant pianist”, and his varied collaborations stand as testament to his abilities.

He’s performed or recorded in the company of jazz luminaries too numerous to mention (including Joe Lovano, Vernel Fournier, Charles Davis, Mel Lewis, etc.) exhibiting what Enso Fresia of Italy’s Musica Jazz called “an extremely unconstrained and brilliant pianism”. His two NPR appearances on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz”, one featuring Elvis Costello, put Malinverni before a greater public and many of his thirteen his recordings as a leader have earned four star reviews and inclusion on “Year’s Best” lists in several publications, including Down Beat Magazine.
Pete Malinverni is a composer, too. In a four-star review in All About Jazz, Rick Anderson noted, “the jazz world is full of pianists and composers with formidable chops, but it's rare to find musicians as accomplished as Pete, who write with his level of insightful straightforwardness or play with his kind of elegant approachability.” Likewise, Dave McElfresh said in Jazz Now that “Malinverni’s writing makes as much of an impact as his playing”. A composer of great depth, passion and individuality, he has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, NY's Symphony Space and the Meet the Composer Foundation and contributed works to programs sponsored by, among others, the Jazz Composers’ Collective. His music for piano trio was featured on a WNYC/NPR broadcast concert for Chamber Music America at NY's Symphony Space and some of his work for Goepsle Choir and Jazz Ensemble was featured at Carnegie Hall's Recital Hall. Not only have his vehicles for jazz improvisation been described by Gary Giddins in the Village Voice as “knotty and original”, but musicians and public agree with McElfresh in Jazz Now that Malinverni’s ballad “This Time”, the title track of his third recording as leader, is “truly the  stuff standards are made of."                                                              

                                                                  Planet Arts
                                  For information and reservations contact Planet Arts at:
                                             518.945.2669 or planetarts@gmail.com

       The series is supported by the Greene County Council on the Arts County Initiative Program, 
           The New YorkState Council on the Arts and the Bank of Greene County

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