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DOUBLE FEATURE WEEK:

JOEY ALEXANDER TRIO

Joey Alexander, p
Alex Claffy, b
Kyle Poole, dr


JON CLEARY & THE MONSTER GENTLEMEN

Jon Cleary, keyb & voc
Cornell Williams, b & voc
AJ Hall, dr


JOEY ALEXANDER TRIO

Born on the island of Bali in the city of Denpasar in 2003, Joey Alexander first encountered a piano at the age of six, and was immediately able to pick out the melody of jazz standards from his father’s record collection by ear. His father, an amateur musician, nurtured Joey’s gift for swing and improvisation by introducing him to classic jazz recordings and taking him to jam sessions with seasoned musicians in Bali and Jakarta. From there, his musical intuition flourished, as did his love of playing jazz. Learning by listening, Joey’s early influences include Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans and John Coltrane, and he has a special affinity for trumpet players including Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis. Despite his lack of formal jazz training, Joey developed an authoritative technique, and with his depth of musicality he quickly rose in the Indonesian jazz scene and beyond. At age 8, UNESCO invited Joey to play solo piano in front of jazz icon Herbie Hancock during his visit to Indonesia. Joey drew significant inspiration from Herbie’s enthusiastic response to his playing. At age 10, Joey was featured at jazz festivals in both Jakarta and Copenhagen, and he won the international improvisation contest in Odessa, Ukraine – besting over 200 jazz professionals from 17 countries. In 2014, Joey performed at star-studded galas in New York City for Jazz at Lincoln Center in Rose Hall, the Jazz Foundation of America at the Apollo and the Arthur Ashe Learning Center at Gotham Hall. In May 12, 2015, Joey Alexander released his highly anticipated debut album ‘My Favorite Things’ on the Grammy-winning Harlem-based label Motema Music. On his debut recording, Alexander performs classic tunes from Coltrane to Rodgers & Hammerstein with a deft touch, adventurous spirit and improvisatory verve. ‘My Favorite Things’ was produced by Grammy-winning producer Jason Olaine. Joey has already been invited to perform at venues including the Rochester Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center and a TED conference. The sky appears to be the limit for this soulful young artist.


JON CLEARY & THE MONSTER GENTLEMEN

Jon Cleary

Jon Cleary was raised in a musical family. As soon as he was old enough to leave school in 1980 Cleary took off for the Crescent City. Soon Jon began to land sideman gigs with the venerable likes of such New Orleans R&B legends (and his childhood heroes) as guitarists Snooks Eaglin, and Earl “Trick Bag” King, and singers Johnny Adams, and Jessie Hill. By 1989, Cleary had recorded his first album of eight including the new “GoGo Juice”. His increasingly high-profile performances revealed a level of proficient versatility that led to recording sessions and international touring work – in an appropriately wide stylistic range – in the bands of Taj Mahal, John Scofield, Dr. John and, most notably, Bonnie Raitt. As a songwriter, he has written and co-written songs with and for Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal and the decade that he spent working with Raitt inspired her to unabashedly dub Cleary “the ninth wonder of the world.” With the release of “GoGo Juice”, New Orleans funk master Jon Cleary returns to the hard driving, soulful, and funky pop tunes that have brought him critical acclaim since his 1999 album “Moonburn”. Beyond Cleary’s considerable skills as a tunesmith he is equally renowned around the globe as an accomplished keyboardist and guitarist, and a deeply soulful vocalist. Cleary’s thirty-five years of intensive hands-on work on the Crescent City scene has made him a respected peer of such New Orleans R&B icons as Dr. John and Allen Toussaint. Toussaint, in fact, took time from his busy schedule to write most of the horn arrangements for “GoGo Juice”. In addition to the Toussaint touch, “GoGo Juice” bursts, full flavor, with expert accompaniment by some of New Orleans’ top session men – including fellow keyboardist and vocalist Nigel Hall, and the Dirty Dozen horns– along with members of Cleary’s band, the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, and the veteran production skills of Grammy Award-winning producer John Porter. While thoroughly steeped in the classic Crescent City keyboard canon– from Jelly Roll Morton to Fats Domino to Art Neville, James Booker, and beyond– Cleary uses that century’s worth of pianistic brilliance as a point of departure to forge his own unique and eclectic style.

Konzerte J. Alexander

Di. 12.4.2016, 19.30 Uhr
Mi. 13.4.2016, 21.30 Uhr
Do. 14.4.2016, 19.30 Uhr
Fr. 15.4.2016, 21.30 Uhr
Sa. 16.4.2016, 19.30 Uhr

(Türöffnung:
1. Konzert 19.00 Uhr /
2. Konzert 21.15 Uhr)

Eintrittspreis: CHF 40.-

Konzerte Jon Cleary

Di. 12.4.2016, 22.00 Uhr
Mi. 13.4.2016, 19.30 Uhr
Do. 14.4.2016, 22.00 Uhr
Fr. 15.4.2016, 19.30 Uhr
Sa. 16.4.2016, 22.00 Uhr

(Türöffnung:
1. Konzert 19.00 Uhr /
2. Konzert 21.30 Uhr)

Eintrittspreis: CHF 48.-

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