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Event details:

About the Swing at P.S. 76 May 25, 2012
Fri., May 25, 2012 – 1:30 PM
P.S. 76 A. Philip Randolph School
220 West 121st Street, New York, NY 10027
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Lineup: Abraham Burton, Boris Kozlov, David Gilmore, Donald Edwards, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Lauren Sevian, Maurice Chestnut,  

Performer Details:

Abraham Burton — Saxophone

Abraham Burton

Abraham Burton is one of the world's most in-demand alto and tenor saxophonists.  Born in New York City and determined to explore the jazz idiom Burton attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of the Music & Performing Arts, under the tutelage of master music instructor Justin Dicioccio.  Abraham pursued further development in an apprenticeship under the watchful eye of the legendary jazz great, Jackie McLean at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music and graduated with honors.  Today, Abraham has played with a 'who's who' of the top jazz musicians including Mulgrew Miller, Louis Hayes, Art Taylor and many more.

Boris Kozlov — Bass

Boris Kozlov

Born in Moscow in 1967, Boris Kozlov started playing piano at the Evening Music School and going on to play tuba and trumpet in public school band. He then went on to join the State Musical College on electric bass and it is there that he picked up acoustic bass, graduating in 1987 with a Diploma of Honour. Winning many awards for his playing, Boris has performed and recorded with some of the top musicians in the jazz field including James Moody, Vincent Herring, Louis Hayes, Alex Sipiagin and is the musical director of the Mingus Dynasty Bands.

David Gilmore — Guitar

David Gilmore

Over the past decade, guitarist and composer David Gilmore has collaborated with some of the most highly influential and innovative musicians in the world today including Wayne Shorter, David Sanborn, Muhal Richard Abrams, Cassandra Wilson, Steve Coleman, Don Byron and the list goes on!  Gilmore was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts and studied piano and percussion before taking up the guitar.  Gilmore went on to study music at New York University where he began his collaborations with a very diverse roster of musicians...and he hasn't stopped!

Donald Edwards — Drums

Donald Edwards

Since his emergence in 1987 Donald Edwards has played across the globe with some of the finest musicians in jazz. He is now building a reputation all his own. Donald Edwards has performed with jazz greats such as Freddie Hubbard, Terrance Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Jesse Davis, Tom Harrell, Greg Tardy, Roy Hargrove, Carmen Lundy, Kevin Mahogony, Javon Jackson, Ellis Marsalis, Wessell Anderson, Orrin Evans, Wynton Marsalis, George Colligan, Ximo Tebar, The Mingus Big Band, the Mingus Dynasty & Orchestra, Charlie Hunter, Russell Malone, Alvin Batiste, Stefon Harris and Mark Whitfield. Edwards, from Opelousas, LA. was born into a musical family. His father Dock is a classical and gospel pianist and his mother Geraldine, a voice and english major. Edwards began playing music at the age of eleven. He went on to study music at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where the renowned teacher Alvin Batiste resided. He then continued in music education as a teacher at the University Of New Orleans. Edwards, now in New York, continues to give his time to help teach young aspiring percussionist in schools throughout the community. After winning the Louisiana Arts Ambassador’s Award for Music Composition in 1994, Donald Edwards became one of the most sought after drummers on the New Orleans music scene. New Orleans is place with a vocabulary of music all it’s own and Edwards is a drummer steeped in that tradition. He grew up playing different kinds of music ranging from marching band, hip-hop and pop to r&b, jazz, funk, classical marimba and gospel music. Now music session files can be sent to Dirty Saop Ent. over the internet and Edwards will play drums on the sessions, offering a professional, high quality performance. (acoustic drums, electronic drums and drum programming) As a result, Edwards is now called on to play many different genres of music and meets them with creative interpretation and virtuosity. Donald Edwards is among the vanguard of players on the New York scene today. Edwards has two recordings as a leader -In The Vernacular- (Leaning House Label) and -Ducktones- (Zoot - T Label) and is also involved in the production of numerous recording projects. With skills steeped in the rich and varied traditions of Louisiana, drummer and composer Donald Edwards is dedicated in his pursuit of creative improvisation, compositional development, and experimentation with rhythms through conversing in dialects of a universal language we call music.

Ku-umba Frank Lacy — Trombone

Ku-umba Frank Lacy

Ku-umba Frank Lacy (b. 1959, Houston, Texas) is an American jazz trombonist. Lacy's father was a teacher who had played guitar with Illinois Jacquet, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, and Arnett Cobb; his mother sang gospel music. He played piano from age eight, and played trumpet, euphonium, and tuba before settling on trombone at age 16. He took a bachelor's degree in physics before studying music at the Berklee College of Music, where he played with Branford Marsalis, Greg Osby, and Marvin Smith. Following this Lacy worked with Henry Threadgill, Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, Dizzy Gillespie, Abdullah Ibrahim, Bobby Watson, David Murray, McCoy Tyner, and Lester Bowie. He also played in the Mingus Big Band and served as musical director for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.

Lauren Sevian — Baritone Saxophone

Lauren Sevian
Photo by Sharon Bushman

Lauren Sevian has been performing professionally since the age of 12, first on the piano, then on the saxophone. At the age of 16 she won the Count Basie Invitational soloing competition, which led to a feature performance with the Basie Band. By the age of 17 she had already performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, & the Village Vanguard.

In the fall of 1997, Lauren came to NYC to attend the prestigious Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Mark Turner, Donny McCaslin, Steve Slagle, Joe Temperley, and Mike Abene.

Upon graduating, Lauren became a regular member of groups such as: the grammy nominated Mingus Big Band, Mingus Epitaph Orchestra, the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Howard Johnson's "Bear-tones", the grammy nominated JC Hopkins Biggish Band, Michael Veal's "AquaIfe", Ada Rovatti's Elephunk, the Big "O" Orchestra, grammy nominated Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra, & the Todd Londagin Big Band.

Lauren has performed with a variety of different groups including: Denis Leary's Rescue Me Comedy tour featuring the Enablers, the Mingus Orchestra, Mario Pavone's Septet, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Oliver Lake Big Band, Frank Lacy's Vibe Tribe, Benny Rietveld & the Matching Ensemble, Valery Ponomarov's Big Band, Jack Jeffers Big Band, the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, Charli Persip's Supersound, Travis Sullivan's Identity Crisis, Mike Hashim's Billy Strayhorn Orchestra, Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra, David Cassidy & "the Rat Pack is Back", Mike Smith's Supper Club Orchestra, the Sweet Divines, the Stan Rubin Orchestra, Earl McIntyre's Big Band, Diva, the Van Dells, the Benny Goodman Tribute Orchestra, the Harry James Orchestra, Steve Slagle's Sax Quartet, Blue #9, the Howard Williams Jazz Orchestra, the Ryles Jazz Orchestra, Gary Wofsey Jazz Orchestra, Istanbul Orchestra, Super 7, George Gee Orchestra, John Malino Big Band, singers Melba Joyce, David Cassidy, Justine "Baby" Washington, Maxine Brown, Quinn Lemley, Deian McBride, Josh Weinstein and Liz Winick.

Some clubs & concert halls she has performed throughout NYC include: Weill Recital Hall, Smoke, Blue Note, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Dizzy's Club Coca cola, Rose Hall @ Lincoln Center, Iridium, Jazz Gallery, Village Vanguard, Sweet Rhythm, Jazz Standard, Mintons Playhouse, BB King's, Joe's Pub, Big Apple Jazz, Carnegie Club, Supper Club, Tilles Center, Westbury Music Fair, Fez, 55 Bar, Bowery Ballroom, the Highline Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, Lion's Den, Makor, Swing 46, Metropolitan Cafe, Tribeca Blues, the Knitting Factory, Bitter End, Izzy Bar, Five Spot, Europa Club, BAM cafe, Brooklyn Conservatory, Decade, C-note, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Cornelia Street Cafe, the Garage, Shelly's, Triad, Groove, the Oak Room, Mo Pitkins, The Slipper Room; and toured throughout Europe and South America playing clubs & jazz festivals.

Over the past several years, she has been featured in publications such as Saxophone Journal, Hothouse, the Boston Globe, and Newsday. She also appeared in the hollywood movie production of Mona Lisa Smile which starred actress Julia Roberts.

She has done numerous recording projects & jingles with artists such as Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra, Ada Rovatti & Elephunk, Liz Winick, Blue Man Group, Greg Osby, Joan Osbourne, and Lucy Woodward.

In addition to performing, Lauren also teaches on a regular basis. In the summer of 2007, she joined the Litchfield Jazz Camp faculty as a teaching artist. In April 2008 she was invited to adjudicate & perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival's "Next Generation" Festival, where she performed alongside Christian McBride, Terry-Lynn Carrington, George Duke, Corey Christiansen, Billy Harper, Ron Westray, Sal Cracchiolo, & many others.

Lauren's quartet the "LSQ", which includes George Colligan (piano), Boris Kozlov (bass) , & Johnathan Blake (drums), released "Blueprint" in December 2008 on Greg Osby's new label Inner Circle Music. Blueprint has spent over 10 weeks on the Jazzweek chart, peaking at #14! Blueprint has been well received in the press, and has been included in several best of 2009 lists, including an honorable mention by All About Jazz. There is much more to come from the baritone saxophonist!

Lauren Sevian endorses Buffet-Crampon saxophones.

Selected discography:
As a leader:
Blueprint - Inner Circle Music (2008)
As a sideman:
Thomas Barber's Janus Bloc - Snow Road - DClef Records (2008)
Lucy Woodward - Lucy Woodward is Hot & Bothered - I love Desi Music (2008)
Joan Osbourne - Breakfast in Bed - Time Life Records (2007)
Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra - Enjoy! - Koch Records (2007)
Heather Edwards - Eclectic Energy (2007)
Ada Rovatti & the Elephunk Band - For Rent - Apria Records (2003)
Liz Winick - Sunlights Path (2001)

Lauren Sevian's website
Maurice Chestnut — Tap Dancer

Maurice Chestnut

One of tap's brightest young stars, Maurice Chestnut is an original member of the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble. His extensive list of credits includes his appearance at Carnegie Hall and throughout Europe with the Geri Allen trio as a featured soloist, and his performances in productions with Savion Glover such as Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk, Improvography, Classical Savion, Tappin' Into Monk, Invitation to the Dancer and on "ABC-TV's Dancing With The Stars." At the turn of the 21st century, the Newark Star Ledger's arts reviewers named Maurice "one of the twenty New Jersey faces to watch for in the new century."

Straight from Newark, New Jersey, Maurice Chestnut introduces tap as an instrument. Maurice takes from his classical rhythm tap training and infuses hip-hop, funk and soul. Maurice Chestnut began dancing at the age of 5, under the direction of Mr. Alfred Gallman. At the age of 9 Maurice joined his first professional dance company; New Jersey Tap Ensemble. Under the direction of Ms. Deborah Mitchell with NJTE. He is currently principle dancer and choreography with the ensemble. Maurice brings us the soul which can only be inspired from the Hoofing greats, watching him dance is like walking through Harlem in the 1940's. Maurice has performed at many prestigious events such as; The Apollo Theater, where he was crowned Top Dog performer, Carnegie Hall yearly Jazz Festival, as well as the Playboy Jazz Festival. He was also featured on Sally Jesse Raphael's "My Kid's a Star. At the age of fourteen Maurice was named one of New Jerseys artists to watch in the "New Millennium". He was also a gold medalist in the NAACP's Act-So competition and was featured on the TV special. He has also had the opportunity to be on tour in the Tony award winning Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk, with Savion Glover. Maurice is working with Savion again, currently touring with his Improvographgy tour. His off- Broadway credits include Shades of Harlem, The Wiz, as well as Bubbling Brown Sugar, directed by illustrious George Faison at Atlanta's Fox Theater, where he played the role of Bumpy Johnson. Mr. Chestnut is now fusing tap as a live instrument in a band, he is touring with a show entitled "Can I Hit That".