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Ray Anderson and his trombone hit the jazz scene in the early 80's like a runaway freight train and that train has yet to slow down. It is driven by an intensity and virtuosity that has placed him firmly among the world's jazz elite. Revered by fans and critics alike, Anderson is a perennial poll winner having won DownBeat's Critics Poll seven years in a row, while always placing in the top three. His innovative style and technical expertise have taken the trombone to new musical heights. He has a purity of invention that comes from an uncompromising drive to push his art to its limits, and then beyond. With infectious stage charisma and an unbridled passion for live performance, Anderson has brought audiences to their feet worldwide. As if the mastery of his slip-horn were not enough, Ray is the rare instrumentalist who can sing. His multi-octave vocals, ranging from raspy scat to sweet ballads, complement his extraordinary trombone work and make Ray Anderson one of the most exciting acts on the international jazz scene. Born in Chicago in 1952, Ray Anderson started playing the trombone at the age of eight. Growing up in the richly diverse Chicago music scene nurtured Anderson's eclectic musical tastes. In 1972, after three years of playing in funk, R&B, and jazz groups in California, he moved to New York City. The early New York years were filled with an enormous diversity of musical experiences: Latin music, the booming loft Jazz scene, Funk, R&B, recording studios, Broadway shows, etc. It was during this period that Anderson hooked up with the Barry Altschul Trio and the Anthony Braxton Quartet. His tenure with Braxton (1978-81) ended Anderson's period of apprenticeship and he has led or co-led his own groups ever since. Cooperative bands have included the wild funk unit Slickaphonics and BassDrumBone, an ongoing trio with bassist Mark Helias and drummer Gerry Hemingway. Ray leads his eponymous quartet, his Alligatory Band, his Pocket Brass Band, and the Ray Anderson Big Band. His friendship with Craig Harris, George Lewis, and Gary Valente has resulted in Slideride, an all trombone quartet. Ray's appearance at the Montreal Jazz Festival gave birth to his richly blues driven Lapis Lazuli Band and his latest CD on the Enja label, FUNKORIFIC. Ray Anderson-The cat who put the trombone back on the front seat of the Jazz Cadillac!
Curtis Fowlkes maintains an active and diverse career. In addition to playing with the Jazz Passengers, which he is the co-founder of, his collaborators include artists like Bill Frisell, Don Byron, John Zorn, Harry Shearer, Marc Ribot, Jeb Loy Nichols, Sheryl Crow and Cibo Matto. He has toured with Henry Threadgill, John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards, and Bill Frisell. He appeared in the film "Kansas City" by Robert Altman, and recorded with Elvis Costello on the recently released "Sweetest Punch."He is featured on Frisells new CD, "Blues Dream" on Nonesuch Records and on Don Byrons new disc for Blue Note. His latest project is a six piece group called "Catfish Corner."
Marty Ehrlich stands at the forefront of a new breed of jazzmen critically acclaimed as both composers and performers. Equally fluent on clarinet, saxophone, and flute, Ehrlich has been called 'One of the most formidable multi-instrumentalists since Eric Dolphy' Since moving to New York, Ehrlich writes for the Marty Ehrlich Group, and The Dark Woods Ensemble, featuring Ehrlich's woodwind playing with cello and bass. His recordings have received 'best recordings of the year award' from The New York Times, Billboard, Musician, The Village Voice, and CD Review. As a sideman he has performed with Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Jaki Byard, John Carter, Anthony Davis, Jack DeJohnette, Julius Hemphill, Andrew Hill, Leroy Jenkins, Oliver Lake, Roscoe Mitchell, and George Russell, appearing on close to 100 CD's. He has been commissioned by the New York Composer's Orchestra, the Boston Jazz Composer's Alliance, The Rova Saxophone Quartet, The New York String Trio, and pianist Ursula Oppens, and has received commissioning grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and the Mary Flagler Charitable Trust. Ehrlich has recently premiered a bass clarinet concerto by David Lang with the Birmingham UK Contemporary Music Ensemble. Raised in St. Louis, he graduated with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Jaki Byard, George Russell, Gunther Schuller, and Joseph Allard. The Nation calls him, 'One of his generation's most original thinkers with a rare and wonderful talent, a now yearning, now biting attack and a stunninng voicelike expressiveness.'
Wayne Horvitz is leader and composer for the bands PIGPEN and ZONY MASH- and co-leader of the N.Y. COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA. He is a member of the cooperative improvising quartet PONGA, featuring Skerik, Dave Palmer, and Bobby Previte. Past ensembles include THE PRESIDENT and the HORVITZ, MORRIS, PREVITE TRIO. His newest ensemble, Wayne Horvitz's FOUR PLUS ONE features Eyvind Kang (violin), Julian Priester (trombone), Reggie Watts (keyboards), and Tucker Martine (electronics and live processing). As a sideman and collaborator he has performed and recorded with Marty Ehrlich, John Zorn (NAKED CITY etc.), Philip Wilson, David Moss, Curlew, Bobby Previte, Robin Holcomb, Butch Morris, Bill Frisell, Billy Bang, Kazutoki Umezu, Fred Frith, Carla Bley, Elliott Sharp, and Michael Shrieve among others. As a composer, he has been commissioned by The Kitchen, The Kronos Quartet, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New World Records, The Seattle Chamber Players and Earshot Jazz. He has received commissioning grants from Meet the Composer, The National Endowment for the Arts, The N.Y. State Arts Council, The Mary Flagler Carey Trust, The Seattle Arts Commission, The Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, and The Fund for U.S. Artists. Commissions for theater include the 1998 production of Death of A Salesman for Seattle's ACT theater (directed by Gordon Edelstein); productions of Ezra Pounds's "Elektra" and the American premiere of Harold Pinter's "Mountain Language", both directed by Carey Perloff. In 1992 choreographer Paul Taylor created a new work "OZ", to eleven compositions by Wayne Horvitz in collaboration with the White Oak Dance Company. Other theater and dance works include music for Bill Irwin's Broadway show "Strictly NY", the Liz Lerman Dance Exchage and the Crispin Spaeth Dance Company in Seattle. Mr. Horvitz has also composed and produced music for a variety of video, film, television and other multimedia projects, including two projects with director Gus Vand Sandt, a full length score for PBS's "Chihuly in Venice", science programs for children, interactive CD-ROMS and laser discs for PBS, Microsoft, Scholastic and others. He produced the soundtrack for Daniele Luchetti's film "La Scuola" composed by Bill Frisell along with scores for two 1/2 hour animated TV specials by cartoonist Gary Larson. In Jan. 2000 he premiered his 85 minute score to Charlie Chaplin's THE CIRCUS in Oporto, Portugal for two pianos, two clarinets, and violin. As a record producer Mr. Horvitz has produced albums for Elektra, New World Records, Nonesuch, Antilles, Gramavision, Shanachie and Sound Aspects with artists including Bill Frisell, Butch Morris, Robin Holcomb, John Adams, Fontella Bass, The World Sax Quartet, and Peter Apfelbaum and the Hieroglyphics Ensemble.
Steve Swallow is considered the "Godfather" of the Electric Bass in Jazz. Born in New York City in 1940, he turned to the acoustic bass at age 14. At Yale University he studied composition with Donald Martino, and played dixieland with many of the greats, including Pee Wee Russell, Buck Clayton and Vic Dickenson. In 1960 he moved to New York City, and began to tour and record with Paul Bley, The Jimmy Giuffre Trio and George Russell's sextet. He also performed in the early 1960s with Joao Gilberto, Sheila Jordan, and bands led by Benny Goodman, Marian McPartland, Chico Hamilton, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, Clark Terry and Bob Brookmeyer, and Chick Corea. In 1964 he began writing music. Many of his songs have been recorded by prominent jazz artists, including Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Stan Getz, Gary Burton, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Kuhn, Lyle Mays, Jim Hall and Pat Metheny. He toured from 1965 through 1967 with The Stan Getz Quartet. In 1968 he joined Gary Burton's quartet, an association he maintained for 20 years. In 1970 he switched from acoustic to electric bass. In 1976 he was awarded a National Endowment For The Arts grant to set poems by Robert Creeley to music. In 1978 he joined the Carla Bley Band, and since 1988 he and Bley have performed duet concerts in Europe, the United States, South America and Japan. In November of 1996 he introduced The Steve Swallow Quintet. He has placed first (electric bass) in the Downbeat International Critics Poll since 1983, and in the Downbeat Readers Poll since 1985. He lives now in contented isolation with Carla Bley, in the mountains of upstate New York.
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