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The Jazz Expressions at Bösendorfer New York's Salon Jazz

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

”All that Jazz”
Salon Jazz at Bösendorfer New York
www.bosendorfernewyork.com

200 Lexington Avenue
Suite 902
New York, NY 10016
212.684.1956
Gerhard Feldmann, President
Lisa L. Feldmann, Executive Vice President

Second in a Début Series, Spring 2006

Featuring:
The Jazz Expressions
(Jazz Expressions Website)
Hilliard (Hill) Greene, Music Director, on Bass
Aaron Graves on Piano
T.K. Blue on Saxophones and Flute
Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax on Drums

And
Bösendorfer Loudspeakers, powered by Art Audio and Gill Audio Design Amplifiers, fed by Einstein's "The Last Record Player" and – connected via Dynamic Design cabling
(Read about Bösendorfer’s New Loudspeakers)

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 29, 2006


(Read a Review of the Jazz Expressions CD: On the Road)

Program:

Hill Greene
The Great One

T.K. Blue
A Single Tear of Remembrance

Aaron Graves
Today

T.K. Blue
Pinnacle of Joy

Aaron Graves
Harriet Tubman

Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax
Blues for Siboney


(See a Review of the John Hicks-Elise Wood Duo).

Lisa Feldmann and Gerhard Feldmann of Bösendorfer New York presented, with this magazine, the second evening in a new Salon Jazz series, “All That Jazz”. The featured artists for this jazz event were The Jazz Expressions, with Aaron Graves playing the Bösendorfer Half Concert Grand, similar to the Bösendorfer he plays at Birdland and Blue Note, two renowned New York Jazz Clubs. The remaining three musicians in Jazz Expressions are Hill Greene on bass, T.K. Blue on saxophones and flute, and Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax on drums. This intimate showcase was designed for music aficionados to experience top jazz pianists (in duo, trio, and quartet), in an up close and personal - and: unplugged setting at Bösendorfer New York showroom. All the pianos at this Lexington Avenue showroom are handcrafted in Vienna, where, for more than 175 years, the master piano craftsmen meet the increasing demands for impeccable tone, action, and response. Bösendorfer New York is the first exclusive showroom for Bösendorfer pianos outside of Vienna. President Gerhard Feldmann is an internationally renowned piano and concert technician and a Bösendorfer piano maker.

The Jazz Expressions are the touring band for Jimmy Scott. Aaron Graves, from North Carolina, attended the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, prior to studies at Howard University and prior to an NEA grant in jazz studies. He has also studied and performed with Kenny Barron, Earl May, Barry Harris, James Moody, and many other jazz greats. Hill Greene, from Iowa, has been studying music for more than 30 years, including University of Iowa and Berklee College of Music. He is Jimmy Scott’s Musical Director and a faculty member of the Bass Collective. Hill also leads his own duos and trios at clubs around the globe. Hill Greene has also worked with Cecil Taylor, Gloria Lynne, Bobby Watson, Kenny Barron, Carla Cook, and John Hicks.

T.K. Blue, originally from the West Indies, played trumpet, drums, and flute, growing up on Long Island, NY. T.K. studied music and psychology at NYU and received a Masters Degree from Columbia University. He focused on the saxophone, studying with Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, and Billy Mitchell. TK toured the world as a performer with Abdullah Ibrahim and lived and worked extensively in Paris. Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax, from Philadelphia, has played drums since Jr. High and studied and taught at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Dwayne continues to teach an NYU course in percussion.

The Jazz Expressions are not only a superb touring band for renowned vocalist, Jimmy Scott, but they have come into their own as one of the hottest and newest quartets on the New York jazz scene. Not only did each musician take a showcased solo or two, in this cozy new jazz venue, surrounded by distinguished and elegant, handcrafted pianos, but each musician also composed at least one work in tonight’s one-set program. Hill Greene’s The Great One, his humorous nickname from the band, is a melody in blues format, with a striking saxophone lead. It exudes danceable swing, backed by a Hill Greene’s rapid bass. Aaron Graves fluidly forms a more impressionistic melody with Dwayne Broadnax on staccato percussion. T.K. resumes the repeated theme with a waterfall of notes on his sumptuous saxophone.

According to T.K. Blue, A Single Tear of Remembrance is about “reflections about loved ones who may no longer be in our life...about a tender moment we had with someone special...about a special love of life or experience that may never happen again”. This was a soulful work, led by an extended and abstract piano improvisation. Hill Greene ended the piece with a smooth, bass bow effect. Today, by Graves, with a rumba lead and finale, allowed the Bösendorfer to flourish, as the sultry, Latin jazz fusion merged to swing and back to clavé. T.K.’s Pinnacle of Joy was written in the 1980's to celebrate his arrival in Paris. It appeared on his first recording there, "Egyptian Oasis". A wild saxophone ride, midst funk and swing, is sandwiched between a fluttery flute entrance and ending, and Aaron is showcased once again with power and poise at the keyboard.

Aaron’s lyrical ballad, Harriet Tubman is written in dedication to the American heroine, who bravely helped to free the slaves through the Underground Railroad. The melodies are lovely, and his keyboard showmanship was impressive. Dwayne’s Blues for Siboney is written for his sister. It included a tornado-like solo with Dwayne on drums, cymbals, and everything metal. In the earlier works, Dwayne enhanced the Bösendorfer’s presentation with the softest of brushes.

There are two additional “All that Jazz” events scheduled for the Spring 2006 Début Series; see below, and reserve your seats early at:
All-that-Jazz@BosendorferNewYork.com or 212.684.1895
for guaranteed seating. Reservations are required. A season pass is still available.

Adults: $35, Seniors: $25, Students: $15. 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM: The performances are followed by a reception with fine Austrian wines and European cheeses and a wonderful opportunity to meet the artist(s) and your fellow music lovers of all ages and backgrounds.

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006
Ryan Cohan Trio:
Ryan Cohan on Piano, Lorin Cohen on Bass
Derrek Phillips on Drums
(Ryan Cohan Website)
Selections from Ryan’s CD: Here and Now

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
Cliff Korman and Anat Cohen
Cliff Korman on Piano and Anat Cohen on Saxophone
(Cliff Korman Website)
Selections from Cliff’s CD: Mood Ingênuo
(Pixinguinha Meets Duke Ellington)



Aaron Graves on the Bösendorfer




The Jazz Expressions




Aaron Graves on the Bösendorfer




Aaron Graves on the Bösendorfer




Aaron Graves on the Bösendorfer




T.K. Blue on Tenor Sax




T.K. Blue and Hill Greene, on Bass




Dwayne "Cook" Broadnax on Drums




Dwayne "Cook" Broadnax




Aaron Graves on the Bösendorfer




Aaron Graves on the Bösendorfer




Aaron Graves on the Bösendorfer




Lisa Feldmann Peeking through the Backdrop




Gerhard Feldmann at the Bar




T.K. Blue, Post-Concert




Hill Greene and Muhammad Rock




T.K. Blue Signs a CD




T.K. Blue and Aaron Graves






For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net