“[DJ Logic is] constantly working to either introduce color and flare into vintage jazz vinyl tracks or push the boundaries of a classically-trained studio collage.” —This Week In Denver

Combining the sounds of soul jazz and nu-jazz, DJ Logic comes to 92Y with his closest friends to present an evening of unexpected, evocative songs.

DJ Logic & Friends
DJ Logic, turntables
Lamont McCain, bass
James Hurt, keys
Dana Hawkins, drums
Igmar Thomas, trumpet

Best Jazz Organist for 10 years straight according to DownBeat’s Reader Poll

Joey DeFrancesco brings a modern funky energetic approach to the Hammond B3 organ. His All-Star band performs with the funk, pulse and sweeping melodies from Jimmy Smith and others.

Joey DeFrancesco All-Star Band
Joey DeFrancesco, organ
Brian Lynch, trumpet
George Garzone, tenor sax
Nir Felder, guitar
Billy Hart, drums

“Landrus is a once-in-a-generation musician.” —News-Press

Fresh from their latest album Mirage, Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope brings a shimmering, tender opening set of beautiful and fresh music, including “A New Day” and “Arrival” with electric quartet and string quartet.

Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope
Brian Landrus, baritone and bass saxophones, bass clarinet, bass flute
Marcus Baylor, drums
Nir Felder, guitar
Leo Genovese, piano, Rhodes
Lonnie Plaxico, electric and acoustic bass
Joyce Hammann, first violin
Patrisa Tomassini, second violin
Judith Insell, viola
Jody Redhage, cello
Ryan Truesdell, conductor

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This concert is part of the 92Y Soul Jazz Festival, March 14 & 15.

 

92Y Soul Jazz Festival is underwritten by Gilda and Henry Block, and Kenneth Kolker z”l.

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Joey DeFrancesco



Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope

Artist Bios

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DJ Logic, leader & turntables

As one of the world’s most accomplished innovators in his field, DJ Logic has led the way in establishing the turntablist as a musician, and he is widely credited for introducing jazz into the hip hop realm. Since his emergence in the early ‘90s amidst the Bronx hip hop scene, the deejay has become a highly respected session musician and an innovative bandleader, amassing a veritable mountain of collaborations.

Among his ensemble partnerships, Logic has worked with members of Blues Traveler in The John Popper Project, Featuring DJ Logic; a trio with Steve Molitz and Freekbass in Headtronics; and a global jazz band with Jason Miles in Global Noize. He has worked with such individual artists and groups as Medeski Martin & Wood, Christian McBride, Carly Simon, Marcus Miller, John Mayer, Mos Def and The Roots, to name a few.

Through his role as an electronic–music ambassador, Logic stays at the top of his game, crossing genres and sprinkling his sound across the map. Whether the scratch artist instructs tablas to flirt with drum ‘n’ bass (such as on his Nina Simone and Billie Holiday remixes found on Sony Legacy’s Remixed and Reimagined volumes), or while meshing free styling MC’s with Afro-Cuban rhythms (such as on “Share Worldwide Funk”—a remix produced for Jack DeJohnette and Golden Beams Collected, Volume 1), Logic can always be found paying homage to his predecessors while contributing his vision to the deejay genre and building an acclaimed catalogue of recordings. His website is djlogic.com.

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Joey DeFrancesco, leader & organ

One of the current jazz scene’s true trailblazers, Joey DeFrancesco is internationally recognized as a master of the jazz organ. A prodigious talent at an early age, he had signed an exclusive recording contract with Columbia Records by the time he was 16, and he released his first record, All of Me, a year later, which led to a great resurgence of the Hammond sound in popular music. That same year he was invited by Miles Davis to join his band; he continues to play the trumpet in the Davis style.

Since then Mr. DeFrancesco has played and recorded with some of the greatest musicians in the world, such as Ray Charles, Bette Midler, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, Benny Golson, George Benson and John Scofield. He has won the DownBeat Critics Poll eleven times and the Readers Poll every year since 2002, as well as innumerable other awards and honors. He received Grammy Award nominations for his 2004 release, Falling in Love Again, and his 2010 release, Never Can Say Goodbye. His latest CD, One for Rudy, was released last September on HighNote and is a tribute to the legendary recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder. Other recent releases include Wonderful! Wonderful! and 40, in celebration of his 40th birthday.

Mr. DeFrancesco continues to tour the US and the world with his own trio. This past October the trio played in Italy, Switzerland and Sweden for two weeks. In January the trio spent a week at Birdland, and it just returned from the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. His website is joeydefrancesco.com.

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Brian Landrus, leader & baritone & bass saxophones, bass clarinet, bass flute

Artistic advisor of the 92Y Soul Jazz Festival Brian Landrus is acknowledged as one of the strongest voices on the baritone saxophone, bass saxophone and bass clarinet of his generation. He has been voted baritone saxophonist in the “rising star” category of the DownBeat magazine International Critics Poll for four years in a row, starting in 2010, and baritone saxophonist in the “established musician” category for 2012 and 2013.

Mr. Landrus has played with some of the greatest musicians in the world, including Bob Brookmeyer, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Bob Brookmeyer, The Drifters, Feist and Jerry Bergonzi. He plays in many different ensembles and has toured the world in Esperanza Spalding’s band. He released his debut album, Forward, with an ensemble for Cadence Jazz Records in 2008, followed by the quartet recording, Everlasting, for CIMP Records in 2009. Two years later he started his own record label, BlueLand Records, and has since released three CDs: Traverse, with another quartet; Capsule, with his quintet Kaleidoscope; and Mirage, released last June with Kaleidoscope and a string quartet. Mr. Landrus composed and arranged the music on all three recordings.

A native of Reno, Mr. Landrus earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada–Reno and master’s degrees in jazz composition and jazz saxophone from the New England Conservatory. He serves on the faculties at the 92Y School of Music and the Lagond Music School in Westchester, New York. His website is brianlandrus.com.

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DJ Logic & Friends


James Hurt, keyboards

A native of Memphis, James Hurt signed on with Blue Note Records and released his debut CD, Dark Grooves Mystical Rhythms, in 1999. He can also be heard on the Grammy Award-nominated albums Here I Stand, by Antonio Hart, Wholly Earth, by Abbey Lincoln and Ethnomusicology, Vol. 1, by Russell Gunn. He equally enjoys live performance, sound design, education and research.

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Lamont McCain, bass

Bassist Lamont McCain has performed with DJ Logic at multiple venues, including the Paradise in Boston and the Montreaux Jazz Festival, and he is currently bassist with Anthony Hamilton. As a sideman, he can be heard on such recordings as Gordon Chambers’ Sincere and Innertwyned’s The Takeover.

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Dana Hawkins, drums

Dana Hawkins started playing drums at the age of 2. He studied at The Berklee College of Music in Boston, then went on tour with Meshell Ndegeocello. Since then he has worked with many artists including Eldar Djangirov, Estelle, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jeremy Pelt, Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Strickland, Jacque Schwartz-Bart and Ada Rovatti. Currently he is working on original music.

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Igmar Thomas, trumpet

Musician, bandleader, composer and arranger Igmar Thomas is leader of Igmar Thomas & The Cypher, which plays hip-hop-inflected music with a strong jazz foundation, and he is conductor of the Revive Da Live Big Band. He has toured with Lionel Hampton and Esperanza Spalding, and he has opened for Chick Corea, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Destiny’s Child and The Wu-Tang Clan, among others.

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Joey DeFrancesco All-Star Band


Brian Lynch, trumpet

The Grammy Award-winning Brian Lynch was a member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, the Horace Silver Quintet and Eddie Palmieri’s ensembles. As a band leader, he has released 20 CDs; his latest recording, Unsung Heroes, Vol. 2, was released last November. He leads his own groups and co-leads the Lynch-Prieto-Kozlov Trio. He returns on July 23 for 92Y’s Jazz in July festival. His website is brianlynchjazz.com.

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George Garzone, tenor sax

George Garzone is a member of the jazz trio The Fringe and the Grammy Award-winning Joe Lovano Nonet. As leader and sideman, he has appeared on more than 60 recordings, and as a jazz educator, he has made two DVDs: In the Funk Zone with George Garzone, and The Music of George Garzone & The Triadic Chromatic Approach. His website is georgegarzone.com.

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Nir Felder, guitar

Guitarist Nir Felder just released his debut album as performer and songwriter, Golden Age, in January 2014 on the OKeh label. In New York City less than a decade, he has already performed and recorded with artists like George Garzone, Greg Osby, Terri Lyne Carrington, Meshell Ndegeocello, José James, Esperanza Spalding and Jack DeJohnette. His website is nirfelder.com.

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Billy Hart, drums

William “Billy” Hart has played with such legends as Otis Redding, Shirley Horn, Jimmy Smith, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Marian McPartland. He was a member of Herbie Hancock’s sextet and played with McCoy Tyner, Stan Getz and Quest. He currently leads his own quartet, and last October he toured Europe with the Saxophone Summit. His website is billyhartdrums.com.

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Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope


Marcus Baylor, drums

Marcus Baylor was drummer of the two-time Grammy Award–winning quartet, Yellowjackets. He has also played with such icons as Kenny Garrett, Cassandra Wilson, John Scofield, Christian McBride and Joshua Redman. He has joined his wife and vocalist Jean Baylor to form The Baylors, and he will be producer/composer/performer for their debut album, The Baylor Project. His website is marcusbaylor.com.

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Nir Felder, guitar

Guitarist Nir Felder just released his debut album as performer and songwriter, Golden Age, in January 2014 on the OKeh label. In New York City less than a decade, he has already performed and recorded with artists like George Garzone, Greg Osby, Terri Lyne Carrington, Meshell Ndegeocello, José James, Esperanza Spalding and Jack DeJohnette. His website is nirfelder.com.

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Leo Genovese, piano, Rhodes

In less than a decade, Argentine pianist Leonardo Genovese has established a solid reputation as instrumentalist and composer. Since 2005, he has toured with Esperanza Spalding, who can be heard on his latest CD, Seeds, which features his group, the Chromatic Gauchos. He is also cofounder of the band The Sewer Ratz. His earlier albums are Haikus II and Unlocked.

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Lonnie Plaxico, electric and acoustic bass

Lonnie Plaxico has appeared as a sideman on hundreds of recordings and has made 13 CDs as a leader; the most recent is Ancestral Devotion. He has played with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition and has been Cassandra Wilson’s musical director and bassist for 20 years. His website is lonnieplaxico.com.

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Joyce Hammann, first violin

Joyce Hammann has performed and recorded with such artists as Paul McCartney, Sting, Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen. Her discography includes John Zorn’s String Quartets, Michael Brecker’s Grammy Award-winning Wide Angles and Ted Nash’s Double Quartet. She has been concertmaster for Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera and the European tour of Fred Hersch’s jazz theater project, Coma Dreams.

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Patrisa Tomassini, second violin

Patrisa Tomassini is a member of the improvising string quartet, Quartette Indigo, which performs genres ranging from spirituals to salsa. Her Broadway and concert appearances have included The Phantom of the Opera, The Light in the Piazza, Love Musik, Andrea Bocelli and the Irish Tenors. She was the winner of the Stresa International Violin Competition.

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Judith Insell, viola

Judith Insell is a founding member of the jazz string group Sojourner, and she composed the title track of its new CD, Journey. Her debut CD, Dark Wood Explorations, was a duo project with jazz bassist Joe Fonda. She has performed and recorded with jazz greats like Lee Konitz, Greg Osby, Antonio Hart and Miguel Zenon. Her website is judithinsell.com.

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Jody Redhage, cello

Jody Redhage has premiered more than 100 works, including many that she commissioned herself for voice, cello and electronics; several were featured on her debut solo album, Of Minutiae and Memory. She writes and performs for the vocal/instrumental ensemble Rose & the Nightingales, which released its debut album, Spirit of the Garden, last May. Her website is jodyredhage.com.

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Ryan Truesdell, conductor

In 2012 Ryan Truesdell produced and conducted Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans, which received two Grammy nominations and won him a Grammy for instrumental arrangement. He has led concerts of this music at the Jazz Standard and the Newport and Umbria jazz festivals. He has also produced records for Maria Schneider, Bob Brookmeyer and others. His website is ryantruesdell.com.

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  • DJ Logic & Friends / Joey DeFrancesco All-Star Band / with Opening Act Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope

    Date: Fri, Mar 14, 2014, 7:30 pm

    Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

    Venue: Kaufmann Concert Hall

    Price: from $20.00

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