Phil Robson – guitar (UK/US)
Jed Levy – saxophone (US)
Jason Brown – drums (US)
Dave Whitford – bass (UK)
Phil Robson, internationally acclaimed, multi award winning guitarist and celebrated composer was a long-term fixture in the British & European jazz world. He is now an integral part of the New York scene, where he has been based since 2015. On this European tour, Phil brings his latest US band which features the great saxophonist Jed Levy who shares the composer's role with Phil on this occasion.
The quartet features the great American drummer Jason Brown and fantastic bassist Dave Whitford. The original music written by Phil & Jed is innovative & contemporary whilst drawing on the vast tradition of jazz, across the whole spectrum of styles. The emphasis is on strong melodies and grooves and the tunes are vehicles for improvisation, allowing each musician to bring their experience and to make them their own! This will be the very best musical melting pot and a night not to miss!
Further description / short biogs –
Over the years Phil Robson has led or co-led many innovative ensembles, including award-winning Partisans or his fiery Organ Trio and many US/UK bands, feat. Dave Liebman, Mark Turner (Immeasurable Code Quintet), Billy Hart (trio w/James Genus) and more. As a side man he has worked with such artists as Barbra Streisand, Kenny Wheeler, Django Bates, Maceo Parker and many, many more. As a regular part of the NYC scene, Phil Robson has led bands featuring Donny McCaslin, James Genus, Adam Nussbaum, Dayna Stephens, Tom Rainey and many more. Regular member of Jeff Williams band featuring Duane Eubanks, John O Gallagher, he is also currently co-curating (with Christine Tobin) a series of themed jazz shows at the Irish Arts Center NYC called 'Tobin's Run on 51'.
Saxophonist Jed Levy has been a mainstay on the New York jazz scene for over 20 years. In addition to performing and recording as a leader, he has had long standing working relationships with such jazz luminaries as Jaki Byard, Don Patterson, Jack McDuff, Ron McClure, Chico O'Farrill, and Headhunters drummer Mike Clark. Diversity has been the key to Levy's success on the NY scene. A recent week found him moving from a concert with the Cab Calloway Orchestra to a night with Mike Clark and Charley Hunter at the Knitting Factory, to the Apollo Theater with the Temptations and the Four Tops, to Birdland with Chico O'Farill's Afro Cuban Orchestra. In his presentations as a leader, as well as in his compositions, Levy tries to incorporate these varied musical experiences. His music has been recorded by such artists as the Headhunters, Don Friedman, Eddie Henderson, and Mike Clark.
In demand drummer, Jason Brown, has been a driving force behind major artists since the early days of his career. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Ohio; Brown learned his trade under the tutelage of Billy Hart. For seven years he toured and recorded with Grammy nominated vocalist & composer, Carmen Lundy; with Pat Martino he appeared at major festivals worldwide, such as Jarasum International Jazz Festival and Rochester Jazz Festival. He has also worked with renowned artists such as Lizz Wright, Cedar Walton, Nicholas Payton, Wayne Escoffery and Kurt Rosenwinkel. A key member of Amina Figarova’s Sextet, Jason Brown has performed at the Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg and major venues throughout Europe and the USA. He is a regular member of Joey DeFrancesco and Monty Alexander’s bands. As a leader, Brown has been a featured artist with the Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra of St Petersburg on several occasions and taken his quintet, featuring saxophonist Steve Grossman, to the White Knight’s Festival in Russia. He has also led his own bands at Smalls Jazz Club and various other venues in New York and throughout the USA, Russia and Ukraine.
Dave Whitford has been one of the most in-demand bass players on the London jazz scene and a highly respected and sought-for musician for international touring bands. Over the years Dave has worked with the luminaries in the musical world, which includes The NDR Big Band, Steve Lacy, Marc Copland, John Taylor, Bill Frisell, Bobby Wellins, Dave Liebman, The BBC Big Band, Hans Koller, Mike Gibbs, Jack Bruce, Evan Parker, Kirk Lightsey, Ed Thigpen, Billy Hart, Chris Cheek, Josh Roseman, Jim Mullen, Maceo Parker, Rob Garcia, Chris Biscoe, Nick Smart, Jason Rebello, Jeff Williams, Jacqui Dankworth, Byron Wallen, Clare Teal, Steve Argüelles, Julian Siegal, Joe Lee Wilson, Christine Jensen, Stan Sulzmann, Barry Green, Eddie Prevost, Anita Wardell, Hannes Riepler, Gary Kavanagh and Trevor Watkiss among others. Alongside a busy freelancing schedule his current projects include Christine Tobin’s group, Liam Noble’s Trio and Quintet, Claire Martin and Ray Gelato’s “A Swinging Affair”, The Amy Gamlen Quintet, Gareth Lockrane’s Grooveyard, The Frank Harrison Trio and Josephine Davies' “OTree Trio”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8jYQaoNfbA / https://soundcloud.com/phil-robson / https://www.facebook.com/phil.robson.12 / https://twitter.com/PhilRobsonMusic / https://www.facebook.com/jed.levy / http://philrobson.net/ / http://www.jedlevy.com/
Eintritt frei – Beitrag erwünscht
Konzert Beginn um 21:15 Uhr (Einlass 20:00 Uhr)
Einer der Gründe, die den Zig Zag Jazzclub so einzigartig machen, ist, dass er der erste und einzige Jazzclub der Welt ist, dem es gelingt nur durch Spenden/Crowdfunding Events von Weltklasse zu finanzieren. Und wie machen wir das? Ganz einfach. Während der Konzertpause geben wir bekannt, dass wir Geld einsammeln werden. Bei den meisten Konzerten informieren wir unsere Kunden, dass eine Spende von ungefähr 15 Euro es uns erlaubt die Musiker gerecht zu bezahlen. Manche geben dabei mehr und andere weniger... und das ist auch in Ordnung. Wir haben auf diese Weise schon Hunderte Konzerte organisiert.
One of the reasons that makes the zig zag jazz club so unique is that it is the first and only jazz club in the world that manages to finance world class events through a donation/crowd funding concept. How do we do it? Its quite simple… during the break of the concert we make an announcement regarding the collection for the evening. For most concerts we inform our customers that a donation of around 15€ per person will allow us to fairly compensate the musicians. Some people give more and some give less… and that´s ok… we ´ve already successfully promoted hundreds of concerts like this!!!