Considering the staggering volume of his recorded output over the past 40 years, it is no overstatement to call Chick Corea one of the most prolific composers of the second half of the 20th century. From avant-garde to bebop, hard-hitting fusion to heady forays into classical, Mr. Corea has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his illustrious career while maintaining a standard of excellence that is simply uncanny. His career resume teems with accolades, including more than 50 GRAMMY nominations and 14 GRAMMY Awards. In 2005 Mr. Corea was honored with the prestigious Award for the Piano Festival Ruhr in Germany, the first time the honor was granted to a jazz pianist; and in 2006, he became an NEA Jazz Master, the highest honor the U.S. bestows on jazz musicians. Mr. Corea's extensive discography boasts numerous "essential" albums, beginning with his 1968 classic, Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, and continuing with several critically acclaimed albums released recently including his duet with banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck (the GRAMMY winning CD, The Enchantment) and The New Crystal Silence, the brilliant 35-year anniversary recording with vibraphonist Gary Burton.
Gary Burton taught himself to play the vibraphone, and to date he has a total of six GRAMMY wins and 15 GRAMMY nominations. Through borrowing rhythms and sonorities from rock music, while maintaining jazz's emphasis on improvisation and harmonic complexity, Mr. Burton's first quartet attracted large audiences from both sides of the jazz-rock spectrum. He also turned to the rarely heard duo format, recording with bassist Steve Swallow, guitarist Ralph Towner, and most notably with pianist Chick Corea, thus cementing a long personal and professional relationship that has garnered four GRAMMY Awards. Mr. Burton's 1997 album Native Sense, a duet collaboration with Chick Corea, garnered his fourth GRAMMY Award, and his 1998 release, Like Minds, an all-star hit featuring his frequent collaborators Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes, and Dave Holland, was also honored with a GRAMMY win. Mr. Burton's vibraphone tribute CD, For Hamp, Red, Bags and Cal was released in March 2001 and was honored with his 12th GRAMMY nomination. Since 2006, Gary has focused his recording and performing efforts on collaborations, with old friends and new, including tours and recordings with Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Makoto Ozone, Spanish pianist/composer Polo Orti, and French accordionist Richard Galliano. The double-CD live concert recording with Chick Corea, The New Crystal Silence, came out in 2008, resulting in the sixth GRAMMY for Gary Burton at the 2009 GRAMMY Awards. Mr. Corea and Mr. Burton toured full-time from September 2006 through spring 2008 and played concerts in Europe in the second half of 2009.
Steve Davis is widely regarded as one of today's leading improvisers on the trombone. His lyrical, hard-swinging style first gained him broad recognition during the 1990s while working with the bands of jazz legends, Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, and Chick Corea's Origin and the cooperative sextet, One For All. Mr. Davis has appeared in Downbeat Magazine's Reader's and Critic's Polls numerous times, winning the TDWR (Rising Star) Trombone Category in 1998. In recent years, Mr. Davis has been leading his own bands with more frequency including an all-star quartet featuring renowned pianist and frequent collaborator Larry Willis, his exciting, new Outlook Quintet and the well-known, collective unit One For All. Ever in-demand as a sideman, Mr. Davis is featured on over 100 recordings. In recent years, he has worked regularly with a broad range of jazz icons including Larry Willis' Quintet, Freddie Hubbard and The New Jazz Composers Octet, Slide Hampton and The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band (feat. James Moody, Jimmy Heath and Roy Hargrove), The Jimmy Heath Big Band, Cecil Payne, Horace Silver and Wynton Marsalis' Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
Tim Garland is widely known as one of the UK's most successful musical exports working in jazz and new music. Much of his output reflects interests beyond conventional jazz boundaries and he is increasingly acknowledged for large ensemble writing including many orchestral pieces. His diverse output and skill as a collaborator with others has surprised and captivated listeners for many years now, as well as making him a character harder to define or pin down. His works for orchestra and various ensembles have challenged some jazz listeners used to hearing him tearing around at Ronnie Scott's club with Chick Corea and others, but he remains committed to the notion that all his music is essentially the same language, calling it a "diverse unity" in which certain uses of harmony and rhythm are merely prioritized to suit the players and the piece.
Marcus Gilmore was inspired by the music of his grandfather, legendary drummer Roy Haynes, who gave him his first set of drums at the age of 10. He took naturally to jazz as well as classical theory and percussion. Already one of New York's most in-demand young drummers at age 23, he has performed around the world with some of today's best known contemporary artists, including Chick Corea, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Natalie Cole, Clark Terry, Nicholas Payton, John Patitucci, Cassandra Wilson, Steve Coleman, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Ravi Coltrane, Terence Blanchard, Vijay Iyer, Roy Hargrove, Raul Midon, and many others. He has also been repeatedly featured in world renowned publications such as The New York Times, DownBeat Magazine, and Modern Drummer. This past fall he joined the Private Instruction Faculty at the New School University for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Hans Glawischnig is one of the most in-demand bassists on the New York jazz scene today. He began a long string of associations as a sideman with artists as wide-ranging as Bobby Watson, Maynard Ferguson, Paquito D'Rivera, Ravi Coltrane, Kenny Werner, Brian Lynch, the Mingus Big Band, Billy Cilds, Joe Locke, Eward Simon, Claudia Acuna, Carolyn Leonhart, Donny McCaslin, Dafnis Prieto, Dave Binney and Ben Monder, just to name a few, and has appeared on more than 50 recordings. Chick Corea hired him in 2006 for his "Spirit of Mozart" ensemble, a project dedicated to the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mr. Corea also appears as a guest on Hans' second release, Panorama, a critically acclaimed CD that features original compositions exclusively.
The Harlem String Quartet features Ilmar Gavilan and Melissa White on violin, Juan-Miguel Hernandez on viola, and Desmond Neysmith on cello, all of whom are First Place Laureates of the Sphinx Competition. The Quartet has a unique and challenging mission: to advance diversity in classical music while engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire, highlighting works by minority composers. The Harlem Quartet made their acclaimed debut in the fall of 2006 at the Sphinx Organization's Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall, earning rave reviews from The New York Times, as well as at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem. In addition to being avid chamber musicians, each member of the Harlem Quartet is a seasoned solo artist, having appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Sinaloa de las Artes (Mexico) and Baltimore Symphonies and the Boston Pops, among others.
Geoffrey Keezer has worked with virtually all of the living legends of jazz and has appeared on countless recordings both as a leader and as an accompanist. His professional career has spanned many projects and genres. In addition to his 11 solo releases and constant touring, Mr. Keezer has also had compositions commissioned by the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Saint Joseph Ballet, Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, the Zeltsman Marimba Festival, and was a recipient of Chamber Music America's 2007 New Works grant. Mr. Keezer continues to work in partnership with world class musicians from all genres. His album Sublime is an ambitious set of piano duets with Kenny Barron, Chick Corea, Benny Green and Mulgrew Miller. Please visit www.geoffreykeezer.com for more information.
Diane Monroe is at home in the world of music. From exciting, expressive violin recitals and memorable live premieres with orchestras, to chamber music appearances with a Who's Who of classical and jazz artists, she welcomes listeners into her world. Bow in hand, she charms, uplifts, and transports diverse audiences via the classical repertoire, blends of jazz, spirituals, rhythm and blues, and her moving, original compositions.
Michael Reynolds has been the cellist of the world-renowned Muir String Quartet since its inception in 1979, and in that capacity, he tours the musical centers of North America and Europe. Accolades he has won while with the Muir Quartet include first prize at the Evian Competition (1980), the 1981 Naumburg Award, two Grand Prix du Disques (1985, 1987), the Gramophone Award (1987), a GRAMMY nomination (1993) and a GRAMMY (1995), and an internationally acclaimed PBS broadcast, In Performance at The White House for President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan. Mr. Reynolds has appeared with orchestras and in recital throughout the U.S. and his recording of the complete Bach Suites for Solo Cello has received much critical acclaim.
Antonio Sanchez is a three time GRAMMY Award winner who is considered by many critics and musicians alike as one of the most prominent drummers of his generation. Since his move to New York City in 1999, Mr. Sanchez has become one of the most sought after drummers in the international jazz scene. He has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz including Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden, Gary Burton and Toots Thielmans. In 2007 he recorded his first solo effort entitled Migration. The album includes a stellar cast of some of today's most renowned jazz musicians: Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Chris Potter, David Sanchez and Scott Colley. It has gotten rave reviews from publications all over the world, and All About Jazz calls it "One of the best debuts of 2007." Mr. Sanchez's interest in education has taken him around the globe performing clinics, drum festivals and master classes.