CREATIVE DIFFERENCES presents:
MAT MANERI & LUCIAN BAN NEW QUINTET with special guest BILLY HART
Mat Maneri (viola)
Tony Malaby (ten & sop saxes)
Lucian Ban (Fender Rhodes)
Bob Stewart (tuba)
Billy Hart (drums)
@ THE WINDUP SPACE,
12 W.North Ave,Baltimore MD 21214
Do not miss this rare opportunity to catch this amazing all star group! Arrive early for best seats!
Grammy nominated violist Mat Maneri and Transylvanian expat pianist Lucian Ban premiered the NEW QUINTET in March 2013 in NYC with a sold out double show at Cornelia Street Café and previews by both the NY Times and Time Out NY. Featuring a dream band of modern sax icon Tony Malaby, master tuba player Bob Stewart and legendary drummer Billy Hart the quintet presents music beyond categories & styles, inspired by the creative experiences and explorations of its members. Maneri & Ban have a special musical relationship that goes back to the Enesco Re-Imagined third stream extravaganza and continues to their celebrated duet “Transylvanian Concert” for ECM Records (All About Jazz & Cuadernos de Jazz BEST OF 2013 album) or the Fantasm Trio with German violinist Albrecht Maurer. They have all worked together in many groups in the past, notably the award winning “Enesco Re-Imagined” project in the case of Maneri, Ban and Malaby, Tuba Project (Ban & Stewart), or Malaby & Maneri in various projects. The Guardian in UK has called Lucian Ban “A name to watch” and All About Jazz said about Mat Maneri that he “has changed the way jazz world listens to violin & viola”. Tony Malaby was described by the BY Times as “A fountain of creative and energized improvising”. Bob Stewart is widely considered along Howard Johnson as responsible for bringing “new glory to the tuba” (NY Times) in modern jazz with collaborations with everybody from Gil Evans, Carla Bley to Arthur Blythe and Sonny Rollins For the Baltimore concert they have invited one of true legendary drummers in jazz – Mr. BILLY HART – for a show that promises to be one of a kind.
MAT MANERI (viola)
A 2006 Grammy Nominee for “Best Alternative Album” MAT MANERI was born in 1969, and started studying violin at age five He studied privately with Juilliard String Quartet founder Robert Koff and with bass virtuoso Miroslav Vitous. Maneri received a full scholarship as the principal violinist at Walnut Hill High School, but left school to pursue a professional career in music. By 1990, Mat founded the critically acclaimed Joe Maneri Quartet with Randy Peterson. Mat started releasing records as a leader in 1996, and has developed four working ensembles. Pianists Paul Bley, Cecil Taylor, Matthew Shipp, and Borah Bergman have called upon Mat Maneri to perform withthem in such venues as the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Library of Congress, and concert stages across Europe. Mat Maneri also enjoys a strong relationship with bassists Ed Schuller, Mark Dresser, William Parker, Michael Formanek, Barre Phillips, and John Lockwood. Never to be boxed in, Mat has also worked with Joe Morris, John Medeski, Tim Berne, Cecil McBee, T.K. Ramakrishnan, Franz Kogelman, Roy Campbell, Spring Heel Jack, Draze Hoops, and appears on an Illy B Eats remix CD. Mat presently teaches privately through the New School / NYC, performs and records worldwide.
TONY MALABY (ten & sop sax)
In his two decades as an integral member of the thriving improvised music community of New York City, saxophonist and composer Tony Malaby has emerged as a wholly unique and singular voice. Malaby was recently named one of Downbeat's "80 Coolest Things in Jazz", saying that, "[Malaby] is a formidably accomplished soprano and tenor saxophonist with enviable tone and an endless font of compelling ideas, yet he steers his music away from perfection," and that "his considerable gifts as a melodist tend to sneak up on you." Jazztimes added that Malaby is, "a hero of today's improvised music scene". This outpour of praise is unsurprising given the number of projects which Malaby has been involved with since his arrival in New York in the early-1990s. In recent years, Malaby has led and recorded many of his own projects--his Tamarindo Trio with Nasheet Waits and William Parker, TubaCello with John Hollenbeck, Chris Hoffman and Dan Peck and Palomo Recio with Ben Monder, Eivind Opsvik, Dan Weiss, Billy Mintz and Ben Gerstein. Malaby is also a stalwart sideman, and has lent his talents to such groups as the Paul Motian Electric Be-Bop Band, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, Fred Hersch's Quintet, Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth, Eivind Opsvik's Overseas and Ches Smith's These Arches.
LUCIAN BAN (piano)
Named by The Guardian (John Fordham) “A name to watch” pianist, composer & arranger LUCIAN BAN is originally from Transylvania, Romania. He currently lives in New York City where he leads the group ELEVATION featuring Abraham Burton (ts), Eric McPherson (dr) and John Hebert (b). Together with bassist John Hebert he co-leads the Octet Enesco Re-Imagined dedicated to re-imagining the works of 20th century classical composer George Enescu. Ban was raised in a small village in northwest Transylvania, in “the region where Bartók did his most extensive research and collecting of folk songs” and grew up listening to both traditional and classical music. He studied composition at the Bucharest Music Academy while simultaneously leading his own jazz groups, and notes that his approach to improvisation has been influenced by “the profound musical contributions of Romanian modern classical composers like Aurel Stroe, Anatol Vieru and of course Enesco.” Desire to get closer to the source of jazz brought him to the US, and his ensembles have included many of New York’s finest players. In 2003 the Lumination Ensemble featuring drum legend Barry Altschul was voted "One of the best shows of 2003" by the former All About Jazz Magazine NYC along with Cecil Taylor and Joe Lovano groups. Lucian Ban has worked with Gerald Cleaver, Bob Stewart, Mark Helias, Tony Malaby, Ralph Alessi, Art Baron, Curtis Fowlkes, Gene Jackson, Nasheet Waits, Pheeroan AkLaff, Reggie Nicholson, Willard Dyson, Badal Roy, etc. He has released 9 CDs as a leader for labels in US and Europe and tours extensively on both sides of the Atlantic.
BOB STEWART (tuba)
Over the last 40 years Bob Stewart has established himself as both an innovative tuba player and equally creative jazz educator. In addition to embracing the tuba’s historical position as the original bass instrument in jazz, Mr. Stewart’s focus on reintroducing the Tuba into a contemporary band setting has encouraged many tuba players and band leaders to explore this approach.
As a band leader, recording artist, and featured soloist Mr. Stewart’s playing has been featured on over 80 recordings. He has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Gil Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Charlie Haden, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Carla Bley, Wynton Marsalis, Jason Moran, Lester Bowie, Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, Arthur Blythe, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, David Murray, Chaka Khan, Dap Kings, Aretha Franklin to name a few. With decades of experience in public education Mr. Stewart also works with Jazz at Lincoln Center as an educational consultant, advisor to the Rhythm Road project, and has helped to create the curriculum for the Middle School Jazz Academy. Another highlight from Mr. Stewart’s distinguished educational career includes winning the nationally-renowned Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition while directing The LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts & Music and Art Jazz Ensemble.
BILLY HART (drums)
William “Billy” Hart (born November 29, 1940 in Washington, D.C.) is a jazz drummer and educator who has performed with some of the most important jazz musicians in history.
Early on Hart performed in Washington, D.C. with soul artists such as Otis Redding and Sam and Dave, and then later with Buck Hill and Shirley Horn, and was a sideman with the Montgomery Brothers (1961), Jimmy Smith (1964–1966), and Wes Montgomery (1966–1968). Following Montgomery’s death in 1968, Hart moved to New York, where he recorded with McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Zawinul, and played with Eddie Harris, Pharoah Sanders, and Marian McPartland. Hart was a member of Herbie Hancock’s sextet (1969–1973), and played with McCoy Tyner (1973–1974), Stan Getz (1974–1977), and Quest (1980s), in addition to extensive freelance playing (including recording with Miles Davis on 1972’s On the Corner). At age 73, Billy Hart works steadily and teaches widely. Since the early 1990s Hart spends considerable time at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and is adjunct faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music and Western Michigan University. He also conducts private lessons through The New School and New York University. Hart often contributes to the Stokes Forest Music Camp and the Dworp Summer Jazz Clinic in Belgium. He leads a group with Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson, and Ben Street.