February 3, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
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Jack Kleinsinger’s
Highlights In Jazz
New York’s Longest Running Jazz Concert Series

Highlights In Jazz
41st Anniversary Show

Thursday, February 6th 8PM
@ Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Lew Tabackin
Toshiko Akiyoshi
Randy Brecker
Boris Kozlov
Plus Special Surprise Guest
Kenny Barron & Harvie S



Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street
NYC 10007
TRIBECA Box Office at (212) 220-1460
Purchase Tickets HERE

Complete Highlights In Jazz 2014 ScheduleThursday, February 6, 2014 – 8 pm
Highlights In Jazz 41st Anniversary
Lew Tabackin
Toshiko Akiyoshi
Randy Brecker
Boris Kozlov
Kenny Barron & Harvie S
Thursday, March 6, 2014 – 8 pm
Salute to Ken Peplowski
Bucky Pizzarelli
Houston Person
Derek Smith
Nicki Parrott
Chuck Redd
··· Guest of Honor ···
Ken Peplowski
Thursday, April 10, 2014 – 8 pm
Cabaret Jazz
Barbara Carroll and Jay Leonhart
Andy Bey
Thursday, May 8, 2014 – 8 pm
Brothers in Jazz
The Heath Brothers
Albert Heath
Jimmy Heath
Jeb Patton
David Wong
Peter Anderson & Will Anderson
Perform Music of the Dorsey Brothers
Wycliffe Gordon
All Shows At

BMCC TRIBECA Performing Arts Center

Borough of Manhattan Community College

199 Chambers Street, New York, NY



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February 3, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
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Special Valentine’s Day ReleaseJohn Brown “Quiet Time”Featuring

John Brown (bass)
Ray Codrington (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Brian Miller (saxophone)
Gabe Evens (piano)
Adonis Rose (drums)

Track Listing

1    Come Live with Me (Martyn Ware, Glenn Gregory & Ian Craig Marsh)  6:06
2    Quiet Time (John V. Brown) 5:41
3    …and the Willow Weeps (Dr. Lonnie Smith) 9:01
4    When Summer Comes (Oscar Peterson)     7:43
5    A Lullaby of Itsugo Village (Elvin Jones)     8:38
6    You Don’t Know What Love Is (Gene DePaul / Don Raye) 7:45
7    When October Goes (Barry Manilow / Johnny Mercer) 8:12
8    Theme for Monterey (Gerald Wilson) 8:08
9    Lost (Gabriel Evens) 6:37
10    Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight (James Taylor) 6:48

(Brown Boulevard)
Street Date February 14, 2014

Multitalented bassist/bandleader John Brown takes listeners on a peaceful journey to where he hopes ”to move people to stand still; to stop to find private space to experience quiet time both alone and with someone.”On his earlier critically acclaimed outings, Terms Of Art and Dancing With The Duke, Brown explored two of jazz’s most popular repertoires; digging deep into the soulful sounds of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers on the former and mining gems from the sophisticated songbook of the maestro Duke Ellington on the latter. Now on Quiet Time, the North Carolina bass man shows off his encyclopedic knowledge of the jazz canon, presenting a thoughtful program that ranges from brand new originals and little known jazz masterpieces to pop(ular) radio hits and classics culled from the Great American Songbook.

Drawing on his extensive experience performing with everbody from Elvin Jones to Nnenna Freelon, Brown has put together a stirring selection of music, which while focused on the theme of quietude is nonetheless multifaceted, traversing a dynamic range of emotions that is never lacking in interest or intensity.  Leading his North Carolinian working quintet featuring the commanding multigenerational front line of veteran trumpeter/flugelhornist Ray Codrington and young alto/tenor saxophonist Brian Miller, along with swinging rhythm section mates, pianist Gabe Evens and drummer Adonis Rose, Brown provides the solid foundation that keeps the music grooving throughout.  The unit, which debuted on Brown’s Terms Of Art, returns tighter than ever, once again in the words of Jazz Times’ Bill Milkowski, “solidly swinging and full of deep feeling from start to finish.”

The band gets right to the heart and soul of the album’s with the opener Come Live With Me. Miller’s soulful sax states the melody of the Ray Charles super hit with a slow and easy sound that recalls the late great sax man Hank Crawford, as he’s accompanied by Evens’ sanctified church piano chords. Brown’s long low bass notes are as mellow as a lazy Sunday afternoon and Rose’s beat is as emphatic as it is unobtrusive.  Codrington’s short sweet solo displays his a truly original sound on trumpet, his clear speech like articulation evincing the hymnal beauty of a choir soloist before Miller’s wailing cries recapitulate the popular melody and Evens ends the proceedings with a rubato coda.

Codrington’s mellifluous flugelhorn opens Brown’s beautiful title track, Quiet Times – his broad pure tone lyrically announcing the melancholy mood of the romantic tome.  Miller, attaching himself to the final notes of his frontline mate’s solo, reinforces the tender feeling, first with his own passionate solo and then in enchanting harmony.  Even’s is pensive in his improvisation, his unhurried pace buoyed by Brown’s even pulse and Rose’s delicate brushwork, before the two horns return to take things out in tandem, conjuring the image of lover’s in a blissful embrace.

The mood changes on Dr. Lonnie Smith’s … and the Willow Weeps.  Previously recorded under the title of As The World Weeps, by the organist composer on his Rise Up disc and Dr. Michael White on Adventures In New Orleans Jazz, Part Two, Brown and company take this Crescent City funeral march at a measured deliberate pace, with Rose digging down deep into his hometown roots to direct the music’s solemn tempo.  Miller switches to tenor, his big brooding sound complemented by Codrington’s flugelhorn on the mournful dirge.

When Summer Comes, penned by Oscar Peterson as part of his ten song Royal Wedding Suite commemorating the nuptials of Great Britain’s Prince Charles and Lady Diana, is one of the late great Canadian pianist’s most moving masterpieces.  Codrington stays with his flugelhorn to open the proceeding, once again his pure tone, consistent throughout his full range, brings out the beauty of the song’s lyrical melody.  Miller, again on tenor, takes his time to sing out his song of praise with the patience and power. Stepping into the spotlight briefly, Brown shows himself to be a capable soloist, with lyrical phrasing and a singing tone.

Codrington switches to muted trumpet to accentuate the exotic flavor of Elvin Jones’ A Lullaby of Itsugo Village, a song Brown first encountered as a member of the iconic drum master’s Jazz Machine band.  Based on a Japanese folk song, the pretty waltz is a shining example of Brown’s wise observation, “It is in the moments when we allow ourselves to sit still and hear quiet that we find our inner voices, our inner passion, our inner strength, our inner selves.”  Here on this meditative melody each of the band members reaches deep into their souls to show their individual selves, as they come together to combine their personal sounds in a quiet intensity.

The inclusion of You Don’t Know What Love Is in the program is more than fitting. One of the most recorded compositions in the Great American Songbook, the Don Raye/Gene de Paul classic epitomizes the themes of romance and loneliness that often fills one’s “quiet time.”  A feature for tenor and bass, Brown stretches out on this one, displaying the virtuoso technique that allows him the wide range of expression that makes this date so successful.

When October Goes, the posthumous pairing of Johnny Mercer’s lyric with a Barry Manilow melody, was first heard on the pop idol’s jazzy 2:00 AM Paradise Café album, featuring the likes of Sarah Vaughn, Mel Torme, Gerry Mulligan, Bill Mays, Mundell Lowe, George Duvivier and Shelley Manne.  Since its initial recording it has found it way into the standard jazz repertory with vocal versions by Nancy Wilson, Rosemary Clooney and Dianne Schurr.  This rendition spotlights instrumental ballad talents of Codrington and Miller.

Gerald Wilson’s Theme For Monterey, from the NEA Jazz Master’s same titled suite, commissioned to premiere at the 1997 edition of the venerable California jazz festival, was orchestrated by the great arranger/composer to be heard in a variety moods, from a ballad to a shout.  Here the quintet reprises the first movement of the work, aptly subtitled Romance.

Lost is written by pianist Gabe Evens, whose fine work as talented young composer has been previously documented on his own albums, Connection and Mobius.  The poignant piece features both the composer’s piano and Miler’s alto.

The date concludes appropriately with James Taylor’s plaintive plea Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight. Even’s opens with gospel tinged chords and Miller takes his time reciting the melody on his horn as the rhythm section sets an unhurried tempo that lets every note of the familiar song ring out with touching nearness.

In creating Quite Time John Brown has given music lovers a precious gift that can be equally enjoyed in solitude or the company of a dear one.  As he wisely says, “Enjoying quiet time and sharing what we find in these intimate moments with someone special is an added pleasure.”  One that he sincerely hopes people will enjoy “over and over.”

CD Available From
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February 3, 2014

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PJ Rasmussen
New CD
“Another Adventure”
Upcoming Live Appearances

New CD

PJ Rasmussen’s second album–Another Adventure–debuted at number 17 on theJazz Week charts!


PJ Rasmussen-guitar
Jim Ridl-Piano
Steve Davis-Trombone
Nate Giroux-Tenor Saxophone
Ben Hankle-Trumpet
Jon Difiore-Drums
Adrian Moring-Bass
Special Guests: Scott Robinson and
Lauren Sevian
(Third Freedom Music 1002)
Street Date March 4, 2014

Upcoming Live Appearances


42 Howard St, Albany, NY
9 PM-12 AM
No Cover

Nate Giroux/PJ Rasmussen Duo

PJ Rasmussen Octet – 7–8 PM
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, New York, 11215
Price: $10

PJ Rasmussen- Guitar
Steve Davis- Trombone
Lauren Sevian- Bari Sax
Nate Giroux- Alto/Tenor Sax
Ben Hankle- Trumpet
Jim Ridl- Piano
Adrian Moring- Bass
Jon Di Fiore- Drums
PJ Rasmussen Trio – 7-10 PM; 8-10 Open Session
119 N Washington Ave
Dunellen, New Jersey, 08812
Price: $5 Cover

PJ Rasmussen: Guitar
Jon Difiore: Drums
Adrian Moring: Bass
           PJ Rasmussen’s musical aspirations are sharply focused and straightforward.  He wants to take the listener on an adventurous journey that makes the heart race, the blood pump and the feet move.  His latest CD, Another Adventure on Third Freedom Music, hits that target dead-center.  Following up on his highly acclaimed debut album Adventures in Flight, the outstanding composer/guitarist has created a remarkable CD that demonstrates a deep commitment to the jazz tradition.  And that includes a sometimes neglected element, the need to move the music forward in a manner that is both bold and urgent – which Rasmussen often does with in-your-face audacity.

For Another Adventure PJ has again assembled a stellar cast.   Returning from the debut CD are tenorman Nate Giroux and bassist Adrian Moring.  Pianist Jim Ridl and drummer Jon Di Fiore anchor the rhythm, while trombonist Steve Davis and trumpeter Ben Hankle join Nate in the horn section.  Scott Robinson’s tenor and soprano are also featured on two tracks alongside Lauren Sevian on baritone sax.

Drawing inspiration from the classic Blue Note tradition, PJ has created a unified ensemble approach, rooted in richly textured and cohesively structured compositions from which solos emerge fully integrated into the context of each piece.  The result: enthralling stories that take the listeners on a journey similar to that of the cinematic experience.

Many of the stylistic forms that characterized the Blue Note sound are included here.  Funky and straight-ahead hard bop, soul jazz, structured avant-garde, and alluring ballads are all part of the mix – deftly blended into PJ’s overall vision of the conceptual narrative.  Each composition is fully conceived and never just a melodic structure that sandwiches solos. Riffing and ensemble participation are consistently at play creating a kaleidoscopic effect of continuous motion.  But lyricism and rhythm are never sacrificed for the sake of innovation or adventurousness. Moods and rhythms switch seamlessly inside the compositional structures at play within each piece, consistently holding the listeners’ rapt attention as the overall tale unfolds.

To properly deliver this kind of musical message, superb musicianship is essential. The subtle dynamics, sensitivity and rhythmic diversity of Di Fiore, the highly creative and deeply wooded bass heartbeat of Moring, and Ridl’s brilliantly empathetic piano stylings provide the fertile foundation for all of PJ’s marvelous compositions.  The horn playing is exemplary, whether carrying melodic lines, providing textural support or soloing. Rasmussen, an exceptional guitarist whose skills were developed in the blues and rock tradition along with jazz, is a commanding and highly inventive soloist.  But this is not a guitar solo dominated album by any means.  While he offers a number of scintillating solos, it’s the overall musical vision and composing that delineates his leadership; evidence of a maturity far beyond his 23 years.

The album opens in spirited fashion with the aptly titled Full Speed Ahead, launched upon a sinuous baritone sax line.  An R&B tinged driver with hotly syncopated horn lines, the piece encompasses a variety of elements – hollerin’ horn lines, sparkling bari and tenor solos by Sevian and Robinson, spacey free-improv, electrifying chords – all tied together into a vividly told story.

Sevian and Robinson (this time on soprano) are back on the extended title cut.  A lovely soprano theme over piano and arco bass smoothly shifts into a deep groove built on a delicious ostinato baritone and tension-filled horn lines, setting the tone for lively trumpet, tenor and guitar solos.  Another Adventure moves to an entirely different destination from where it began, closing with soprano fully transformed by the journey.

A more traditional hard bop feel marks two pieces.  Love Birds is an angular item with a cool jazz vibe, built on solid wood walking bass. Giroux, Hankle and Davis solo in a straight ahead groove and PJ calls up the spirit of Grant Green.  A Study in Scarlet has a jaunty, bouncy theme with a Stolen Moments feel that would have been ideal for Blakey’s early ‘60s Jazz Messengers.  Lyrically mellow trombone, trumpet and bass solos sustain the mood, and PJ soars over the horns on the way out.

A more atmospheric approach is taken with Under a Wave, which is somewhat reminiscent of Herbie Hancock’s Speak Like a Child album.  The piano states the theme within the warm embrace of the horns.  Buoyantly lyrical tenor and trombone solos, emphatic guitar and a dynamically structured piano solo are highlights.

Spanish modes are in play on The Seven Seas. Flamenco-esque guitar, dulcet trumpet and staccato piano set the tone for a smoldering piece that builds in Bolero-like intensity, with each “release” adding to the fire.  The slow burn approach is also in play on Out of Phase, a daring angular piece with a punchy Latin-ish horn line.  An incisive piano solo sets the place for a fiery Rasmussen exploration. A tensely exciting collective horn improvisation over darkly luminescent guitar concludes the story.

Two evocative compositions round out Another Adventure.  A soul ballad paints the lovely portrait of Ruthie. PJ shows his roots in the Eric Clapton/Stevie Ray Vaughan tradition, gently supported by the lush horns, exuding the kind of soulfulness one would expect from Memphis or Muscle Shoals.  For David, concludes the adventure. A touching ballad stated by imploring piano and arco bass, joined in the final chorus by PJ’s highly evocative and deeply moving take on the beautiful theme.  A profound ending to a radiant album.

With two powerfully conceived and flawlessly executed albums, PJ Rasmussen has established himself as a force that promises amazing things to come.
PJ Rasmussen’s Debut CD Adventures in Flight  Picked As one of Best for 2013  By Scott Albin

Artist Website: www.pjrasmussen.com

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