Ben Allison, Billy Drummond, Camille Thurman, Mark Whitfield

Ben Allison, Billy Drummond, Camille Thurman, Mark Whitfield

Chesky Records, now in its 30th year, has been known for decades for amazing sounding Jazz recordings. In recent years, they've also become known for their unique single binaural microphone albums, which create a surround sound effect when listening to the album. For one night only, the audience finally gets to be part of the recording process, as they will be recording the three sets of this Rockwood Music Hall Performance. The first set will feature a Jazz Trio, and the final two sets, a Jazz quartet. Please keep in mind that we are recording the show when attending. While enthusiasm is greatly appreciated and encouraged, please do so respectfully and at appropriate times.

BEN ALLISON - In a career that spans nearly 30 years, bassist/composer Ben Allison has developed his own instantly identifiable sound, solidifying an international reputation as one of the leading voices of his generation. Known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves and hummable melodies, Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to 20th century classical and world music, seamlessly blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole. Ben has performed and collaborated with an extremely diverse range of artists including oudist Ara Dinkjian, kora player Mamadou Diabate, saxophonists Lee Konitz and Joe Lovano, Cambodian chapei master Kong Nay, legendary performance artist Joey Arias, tap dancers Jimmy Slide and Gregory Hines and US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.

BILLY DRUMMOND - first came to international prominence in the late 1980s in the bands of three jazz legends: Horace Silver, J.J. Johnson, and Sonny Rollins. Widely acknowledged as one of the great drummers of his generation, Billy's powerful yet sensitive playing has since been called upon in the studio (he appears on over 300 albums) as well as on the bandstand by a veritable who's who of the jazz world's elite. "One of the most called for players of his generation," (Fred Bouchard, Downbeat), "Drummond brings the kind of highly-refined intelligence which Max Roach introduced to drumming," says critic Stanley Crouch. "Powerful and highly musical" (AllAboutJazz), "one of the most crisp, popping, and sensitive drummers around" (Modern Drummer), "he likes to push the limits of jazz," says the Newark Star-Ledger, "drawing on its traditions while seeking a vibrant, open-doored present." Drummond is also an accomplished bandleader whose "fertile, exciting music" (New York Times), can be heard on several recordings under his own name - including Dubai, which was Number 1 in the New York Times on Peter Watrous' Top Ten Best Jazz CDs of 1996. He currently leads his own band, Freedom of Ideas, in New York.

CAMILLE THURMAN -The multi-talented Camille Thurman is an award-winning composer, a formidable saxophonist, and a second-place winner of the prestigious Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition. She has performed with artists ranging from Dr. Billy Taylor, George Coleman, Lew Tabackin, and George Benson, to Chaka Khan, Alicia Keys, and Missy Elliot. She recently made her Jazz at Lincoln Center debut during the Generations in Jazz Festival, leading a killer quartet as she sang, played, and showcased original compositions and some classics. She also recently gave an improvised scatting performance during Battle of the Big Bands that brought down the house in The Appel Room.

MARK WHITFIELD - Mark Whitfield graduated from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, the world’s foremost institution for the study of Jazz and modern American music in the spring of 1987. Shortly thereafter, he returned to his to his native New York to embark on a career as a Jazz Guitarist that afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with legendary artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Carmen McRae, Gladys Knight, Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry, Shirley Horn, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Joe Williams, Stanley Turrentine and his greatest teacher and mentor George Benson.



GA Seated || Please note, there is a two drink minimum in the room.


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