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(f Cleveland Watkiss as a guest vocalist)
This latest incarnation of award-winning pianist Jonathan Gee's trio concept features two New Yorkers: bassist Joseph Lepore (as heard with Greg Osby, and Rosario Guiliani), and drummer Nasheet Waits (as heard with Jason Moran, Fred Hersch, and Andrew Hill). The music performed on this debut UK/Italy tour will be focused on Jonathan’s compositions, plus some Thelonious Monk (a composer with whom Gee has become associated with), Strayhorn, Isleys, and Joseph Lepore originals. Jonathan is the leader of three acoustic trios, an electric fusion trio, and is co-founder of the Monk Liberation Front. He has released five albums in his own name, and appears on Tony Kofi Quartet’s acclaimed tribute to Thelonious Monk, All Is Know. Jonathan first appeared on the London jazz scene playing and recording with Ed Jones, Orphy Robinson, Eddie Parker, Tim Whitehead, Bobby Wellins, Steve Williamson, Christine Tobin, and many others. In 1991 he was voted Most Promising Newcomer at the British Jazz Awards. He later formed a trio with Steve Rose and Winston Clifford which recorded three albums, toured internationally, and was virtually resident at Ronnie Scott’s. He also worked with Joe Lovano, David Murray, Teddy Edwards, Mark Murphy, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, and with poet Lemn Sissay in Cameroon and Singapore. Most recently he has begun forming musical ties abroad: in Italy - touring and recording with Gee/Gallo/Minetto, and Gee/Lepore/Zirilli, and with saxist Tommaso Starace. In France - with Didier Conchon/Ray Layzelles Quintet; also in duo with bassist Nicola Sabato. In Finland - with trumpeter/producer Mika Myllari, whose Northern Star People project has just released its first album. Jonathan also sings with bassist Larry Bartley, and is a member of Micheal Mwenzo's Male Vocal Combustion. Joseph Lepore was born in New York in 1967. He began his formal training in Italy at age 12, after moving to Europe with his family. At 15 he started playing the double bass, graduating from the Conservatory of Salerno, with high honours. Soon after he moved to Rome, where he became a popular bassist on the jazz scene. Over the years, Jospeh has played with Bob Dorough, Antonio Farao, Roberto Gatto, Joy Garrison, George Garzone, Steve Grossman, Tom Kirkpatrick, David Liebman, Mike Maineri, Bob Mover, Romano Mussolini, Jimmy Owens, Enrico Pieranunzi, Tony Scott, Gary Smulian, Elliot Zigmund, and others. In early 2008 he recorded, and is currently still playing, with Greg Osby. His first album as leader is due for release shortly. Nasheet Waits is a New York native. His interest in playing the drums was encouraged by his father, the percussionist Frederick Waits (who, over the course of his career, played with such legendary artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, and countless others). Nasheet initially studied Psychology and History at college but he soon decided that music was his main focus, and continued his college studies at Long Island University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Music. While attending Long Island University, Nasheet studied privately with renowned percussionist, Michael Carvin. Max Roach was also a mentor, and it was Roach that first gave Nasheet’s formidable talent international spotlight, hiring him as a member of the famed percussion ensemble M’BOOM. One highlight of Nasheet’s tenure with M’Boom was the live concert performance of M’Boom with special guests Tony Williams and Ginger Baker. Nasheet’s talent came to the attention of reedman Antonio Hart, who asked him to originate the percussion chair of his first quintet. Nasheet remained a standing member of Antonio’s various ensembles, recording three albums and touring nationally and internationally. Most recently Nasheet has been a member of Andrew Hill’s various bands, Jason Moran’s Bandwagon, and Fred Hersch’s trio.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Please note that we cannot guarantee that any performances will take place: always check with the venue. The band line-up shown here may not necessarily be the one playing at the gig.
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