Saxophonists and clarinetists brothers Peter & Will Anderson will lead a celebration of the great Richard Rodgers (1902-1979), who composed over 900 songs for 43 Broadway musicals, many films and television. This show will feature Rodgers gems from the songwriting partnerships with lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein, including "My Favorite Things," "My Funny Valentine," "It Might As Well be Spring," "My Romance," "Where or When," "Have You Met Miss Jones," and "Isn't It Romantic." The show will feature vocalist Molly Ryan, guitarist Adam Moezinia, drummer Philip Stewart, bassist Clovis Nicolas, and renowned author and lecturer Will Friedwald.
"Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone," (New York Times) Bethesda, Maryland natives Peter and Will Anderson at a very young age were drawn to the music of Charlie Parker, Lester Young, John Coltrane, and others. They toured the United Kingdom at age 15, and soon attended Juilliard in New York City. Peter and Will have headlined at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Seattle's Triple Door, and Iowa's Bix Beiderbecke Festival. Their ensemble has performed in thirty U.S. states, Japan, and featured four times in the famed "Highlights in Jazz" series, alongside legends Lou Donaldson, the Jimmy and Tootie Heath, and Wycliffe Gordon. They've released six albums as co-leaders featuring jazz greats Kenny Barron, Paquito D'Rivera, and Bob Wilber. More at http://peterandwillanderson.com/
Will Friedwald is an American author and music critic. He has written for newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Newsday, The New York Observer, and The New York Sun, and such magazines as Entertainment Weekly, Oxford American, New York, Mojo, BBC Music Magazine, and Stereo Review. His books include Jazz Singing: America's Great Voices from Bessie Smith to Bebop and Beyond, Sinatra! The Song is You: A Singer's Art, Stardust Melodies: the Biography of Twelve of America's Most Popular Songs, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: An Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons and A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers. His Sinatra biography was awarded the 1996 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Excellence in Music Criticism.
The Wall Street Journal says "Molly Ryan swings the melody - as well as the words - without affectation of any kind. She sounds worldly wise beyond her years, wonderfully gentle and lyrical." Indeed, Molly's silvery voice and lush, elegant vocal style evoke the big band singers of the 1930s and breathe new life into familiar old standards. Ryan has performed at such prestigious Manhattan venues as the Café Carlyle, The Town Hall, The Waldorf Astoria, Rainbow Room, Birdland, Iridium, and The Player's Club. She has performed alongside such prominent jazz artists as Randy Reinhart, Jon-Erik Kellso, Bria Skonberg, Dan Barrett, Mark Shane, Rossano Sportiello, and Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. Molly can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning HBO television series Boardwalk Empire.
While still in high school, guitarist Adam Moezinia was internationally selected to be a part of the "Thelonius Monk High School All-Star Jazz Septet," was a representative for the Thelonius Monk Institutes's jazz education program, and was honored with the "Shelly Manne New Talent Award" by the LA Jazz Society. Since graduating from Juilliard, Moezinia has shared the stage with Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, George Coleman, Paquito D'Rivera, Jane Monheit, and Jon Faddis. He has also performed at the Hollywood Bowl, the Kodak Theatre, Monterey Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Blue Note, the Jazz Standard, Joe's Pub, and Jazz Alley.
Clovis Nicolas studied classical bass at the Conservatoire of Avignon (France) under one of the most notable instructors in Europe. Mr. Joseph Fabre. After graduating, Nicolas moved to Paris and was featured on Belmondo's "Hymne au Soleil" which won three Jazz Grammy Awards in 2004. Nicolas moved to NYC in 2002, immediately being sought out by top jazz artists including Grant Stewart, Harry Allen, Benny Powell, James Williams, Peter Bernstein, and Joe Magnarelli. His recent album "Nine Stories" (Sunnyside 2014) was selected as "one of the Best Albums of 2014" by DownBeat Magazine. Recently, Clovis was featured in "Ron Carter at 75″ in Alice Tully Hall, where he performed with Herbie Hancock, Russell Malone, Mulgrew Miller, Lewis Nash, Benny Golson and Buster Williams.
Toronto-native Philip Stewart began playing the drums at age six, and his father, Norman Stewart, a lifelong musician, was able to help him with the learning process. Phil was active on the Toronto scene in 1992-1998, performing regularly at The Rex, The Top of the Senator, and the Montreal Bistro. In 1998, after receiving a grant from The Canada Council for the Arts, Phil relocated to New York City. Phil has played with great musicians such as Barry Harris, Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern, Brad Mehldau, Harry Allen, Peter Bernstein, Clark Terry, Joel Frahm, Joe Cohn, Lew Soloff and Pat Martino. Stewart has performed abroad in Japan, Russia, Cyprus, Uruguay and France. As a member of Grant Stewart's quartet, he has performed at Small's Jazz Club in Greenwich Village for over ten years.