Ten Questions with Tyshawn Sorey

From Glowing Realm:

Tyshawn Sorey is a NY based composer and drummer. He first came to my attention as the drummer in pianist Vijay Iyer’s Quartet on the “Blood Sutra” album. He still plays with Iyer in the trio Fieldwork, with Steve Lehman rounding out the trio on sax. When Sorey’s debut as a leader came out on Firehouse 12 Records, I kind of freaked out about it here. It was so unlike anything I expected after hearing him in other contexts, and pretty much blew me away.

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Firehouse 12 To Present The James Carney Group May 15th

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, May 15th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present a two-set performance by Brooklyn-based pianist/composer James Carney and his longstanding working ensemble, the James Carney Group. Carney and the band, which features trumpeter Ralph Alessi, trombonist Josh Roseman, bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Mark Ferber, will preview segments of his new virtual film score, Ways & Means, commissioned by Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and perform music from his most recent release, 2007’s Green-Wood Songlines Recordings.

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Firehouse 12 To Present The Peter Brötzmann/Nasheet Waits Duo May 8th

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, May 8th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present the duo of legendary German multi-instrumentalist Peter Brötzmann and acclaimed New York-based drummer Nasheet Waits. Part of Brötzmann’s 12-stop spring tour of America, this two-set performance will feature all spontaneously improvised music blending the artists’ diverse backgrounds and musical points of view.

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Firehouse 12 To Present The Michaël Attias Quintet May 1st

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, May 1st, New York-based saxophonist/composer Michaël Attias will make his Firehouse 12 debut as part of the venue’s ongoing 2009 Spring Jazz Series. Fresh off a two-week stint performing his original live electronic score for the Yale Repertory Theater’s production of Dostoevsky’s “Notes From The Underground” in late March and early April, Attias will return to New Haven with his new quintet. The group expands his longtime trio, Renku, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer/percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, to include French horn player Mark Taylor and pianist Jacob Sacks.

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Firehouse 12 To Present The Noah Preminger Quartet April 24th

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, April 24th, Firehouse 12 will present a two-set performance by tenor saxophonist/composer Noah Preminger and his quartet. The Hartford native and widely acclaimed wunderkind is on the road building on the success of his 2008 debut, Dry Bridge Road (Nowt Records), which earned Best Debut of the Year honors in the prestigious Village Voice Jazz Poll. His group features the veteran talents of pianist Frank Kimbrough, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Jeff Davis.

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Firehouse 12, One-Stop Jazz Hub, Prospers in New Haven

The Times raves about Firehouse 12:

JULIAN LAGE, a fastidious young guitarist, waited for the applause to subside before bantering with his audience at Firehouse 12 last Friday night. He and his band were playing songs from “Sounding Point” (Emarcy), his brand-new debut; the next piece, he said, had to do with exploring sound in a physical space, responding to the feeling of a room. And, he added, “there’s really no better room than Firehouse 12.”

That comment didn’t come across as ingratiating, because Mr. Lage seemed genuinely impressed. He isn’t alone: since opening four years ago Firehouse 12, a stylishly repurposed 1905 firehouse in the Ninth Square neighborhood here, has earned a reputation as the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region. It has also won acclaim as a state-of-the-art recording studio and for housing a record label with a focus on artists more aggressively experimental than Mr. Lage. On the whole the operation, which includes a separate bar downstairs, suggests a model of sustainable activity for a field as transparently noncommercial as avant-garde jazz.

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Firehouse 12 To Present Wadada Leo Smith’s Organic Resonance April 17th

Wadada Leo Smith
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From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, April 17th, veteran trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith will perform with his newest ensemble, Organic Resonance, as part of Firehouse 12’s ongoing 2009 Spring Jazz Series. Formed in early 2008, the band’s current line-up features guitarists Brandon Ross and Michael Gregory, cellist Okkyung Lee, bassists Skuli Sverisson and John Lindberg and drummer Pheeroan akLaff. Guitarist Lamar Smith will join the group as a special guest for this two-set performance, which serves as a warm-up for its debut recording session the following day.

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Firehouse 12 To Present Pete Robbins/Mario Pavone/Tyshawn Sorey April 3rd

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, April 3rd, Firehouse 12 will present the collective trio of saxophonist Pete Robbins, bassist Mario Pavone and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Brought together by Robbins, a former labelmate of Pavone’s and frequent collaborator of Sorey’s in the band sILENT Z, the year-old intergenerational group, and its completely improvised music, is a rare departure from its well-known members’ other current projects. This two-set performance is a warm-up for the band’s debut recording session the following day.

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Firehouse 12 Announces 2009 Spring Jazz Series

Wadada Leo Smith
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From Firehouse 12:

03/20: Julian Lage Group
03/27: Jimmy Greene Quartet
04/03: Pete Robbins/Mario Pavone/Tyshawn Sorey
04/10: George Colligan Trio
04/17: Wadada Leo Smith’s Organic Resonance
04/24: Noah Preminger Quartet
05/01: Michaël Attias Quintet
05/08: Peter Brötzmann/Nasheet Waits
05/15: James Carney Group
05/22: Michael Musillami Trio + 3
05/29: Ben Allison & Man Size Safe
06/05: Carl Maguire’s Floriculture
06/12: Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher

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