Return to Littlefield
March 3, 2018
635 Sackett Street, Gowanus
Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
Show Starts: 7:30 p.m.
$40 until 2/25
$45 after 2/26 and at the door
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Stephan Crump, bassist/composer (http://stephancrump.com/)
Memphis-bred, Grammy-nominated bassist/composer Stephan Crump has lived in Brooklyn since 1994. An active bandleader and composer, he has released ten critically-acclaimed albums in addition to numerous film scoring contributions. As bassist, known for transforming his instrument into a speaking entity of magnetic pull, his focus on creative instrumental music has led to collaborations with many of the leading lights of his generation.
Shunning barriers of genre, Crump has performed and recorded with a diverse range of musicians, from Portishead’s Dave McDonald, The Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano, to Patti Austin, Jim Campilongo, Jorma Kaukonen, Lucy Kaplansky, Big Ass Truck, Sonny Fortune, and late blues legend Johnny Clyde Copeland. Currently, he can be heard as a long-standing member of Vijay Iyer Trio and Sextet, Jen Chapin Band, Ches Smith Trio, Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, Liberty Ellman Sextet, Secret Keeper (with Mary Halvorson), his own Rosetta Trio, as well as groups with Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock, Cory Smythe, Eric McPherson, Mat Maneri, and Okkyung Lee.
Crump launched his solo performance career as an invited artist at the 2009 International Society of Bassists conference and has since released several recordings documenting his duo collaborations with alto saxophonist Steve Lehman, pianist James Carney, and guitarist Mary Halvorson. His all-string Rosetta Trio, with Jamie Fox and Liberty Ellman, is working toward their fourth album, and his Rhombal quartet, with Tyshawn Sorey, Ellery Eskelin, and Adam O’Farrill, recently released its eponymous debut.
Aruan Ortiz, pianist/composer (http://www.aruan-ortiz.com)
Forty-two year-old Cuban-born, Brooklyn-based pianist, violinist, and composer Aruan Ortiz has written music for jazz ensembles, orchestras, dance companies, chamber groups, and feature films. His work incorporates influences from contemporary classical music, Cuban-Haitian rhythms, and avant-garde improvisation; and consistently strives to break stylistic musical boundaries. He has been called “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States” by BET Jazz and “one of the most versatile and exciting pianists of his generation” by Downbeat Magazine. He has received numerous accolades including the Doris Duke Impact Award (2014); Composers Now Creative Residency Award at Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (2014); and the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant (2013), as well as many more.
Dan Garcia, guitarist (http://dangarciaguitar.com)
Dan Garcia is among the most requested guitarists in New York City. A native of Madrid, Spain, Dan plays guitar for Argentinean star Coral and Mexican/Middle-Eastern singer Nuriya, and is an integral part of BRUXOS, a Brazilian/world music band led by singer Monika Oliveira. He is co-founder of CaneliBeat, a project that explores flamenco elements with a New York twist, and performs solo guitar all over the NYC area and beyond. Dan, who holds a Master’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, is also an active educator in New York, where he has lived since 1998. He is Adjunct Professor of Music at Manhattan College, teaches at the Brooklyn Music Factory and holds a private teaching studio at his home in Brooklyn.
Miles Okazaki, guitar/composer (http://www.milesokazaki.com/)
Miles Okazaki is an American guitarist and composer based in Brooklyn. He grew up in Port Townsend, Washington, a small town in the Pacific Northwest. He has released three albums of original compositions and written a book, “Fundamentals of Guitar,” on Mel BayPublishing. His fourth album of original compositions, “Trickster,” will be released in 2017 on Pi Recordings. As a sideman, Okazaki has worked with Steve Coleman, Kenny Barron, Jonathan Finlayson, Amir El, Saffar, Dan Weiss, Stanley Turrentine, Darcy James Argue, Jane Monheit, Mary Halvorson, Jen Shyu, Rajna Swaminatham, Matt Mitchell, and many others. He has received grants from Chamber Music America, the Jerome Foundation, and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. He holds degrees from Harvard University, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School, and is currently in his fourth year on faculty at the University of Michigan.
Alon Yavnai, violin/composer
GRAMMY award-winning musician Alon Yavnai began playing piano at the age of four. He has professionally accompanied singers since the age of 13. He graduated from the Thelma Yellin High School for Arts and subsequently the Givatayim Conservatory, both in Israel. Alon later furthered his studies at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and soon after took first place in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition. Alon is a favorite artist of saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera. Their collaborations include the Alon Yavnai-Paquito D’Rivera Duet, the Jazz Chamber Trio with Turtle Island String Quartet cellist Mark Summer, and the Latin Jazz Quintet. Alon also accompanies violinist Regina Carter, the New York Voices, and leads his own Alon Yavnai Trio. He has also performed with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Joe Lovano, Nancy Wilson, Rosa Passos, Leni Andrade, Louis Hayes, Bob Moses, Ravi Coltrane, Romero Lubambo, Claudio Roditi, Rufus Reid, Jim Chapin, and George Garzone. In 2008, Yavnai won a Grammy as a part of the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet for Best Latin Jazz Album for Funk Tango.
Shai Wetzer, drummer/percussionist/composer/arranger and producer
Born in Israel and a graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Shai Wetzer began playing at the age of twelve. Though classically trained and formerly affiliated with Israeli orchestras such as Matan Orchestra, Gadna Orchestra and the Israel Youth Philharmonic, Shai soon became attracted to jazz and world sounds, genres to which he now brings his unique sense of rhythm and harmony. He has performed and recorded with, among others, Kaveret, Danny Sanderson, Danny Gidi & friends, Alon Olearchik, Yoni Rechter, Dan Hoopert, Kfir Ben Laish, Larry Steen, Jeff Elwood, Tamir Hendelman and Sandcatchers. His latest release, Canaanite Groove, was recorded by the Canaanite Groove Band.