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Event details:

The Charlie Parker Celebration Quintet
Fri., March 12, 2010 – 1:00 PM
Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
3959 Broadway, New York, NY
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About Charlie Parker

Born – August 29, 1920.  Kansas City, Kansas
Died – March 12, 1955.  New York City, New York

With remarkable technical proficiency coupled with the sheer force of his personality, Charlie Parker revolutionized the music in the mid 1940s.  His solos were sermons to a faithful flock that hungered for a hipper alternative to Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller –and Parker delivered like a jazz messiah.

His virtuosic flights on alto sax, marked by an uncanny fluidity and inherent bluesy quality and an intuitive harmonic logic that was complex yet crystal clear, earned him legendary status among critics, fans and contemporaries alike while he was still alive.  His tragic death in 1955 at age 34 gained him instant immortality in jazz circles.  

Parker is one of those larger-than-life figures who came along seemingly out of nowhere to almost single-handedly change the course of jazz.   

Lineup: Freddie Hendrix, Jonathan Batiste, Marcus Gilmore, Noah Preminger, Rob Duguay,  

Performer Details:

Freddie Hendrix — Trumpet and Flugelhorn

Freddie Hendrix

Trumpeter and flugelhornist Freddie Hendrix is a native of Teaneck, New Jersey. He recently graduated from New Jersey City University with a Masters in Jazz Performance. Freddie has performed and/or recorded throughout the United States and abroad with such notables as George Benson, Michael Brecker, Lou Donaldson, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Rufus Reid, Dr. Lonie Smith, Byron Stripling, Marcus Belgrave, Joe Williams, James Spaulding, Kenny Burrell, Stanley Turrentine, John Blake, Sr., Melvin Davis, Bob Mover, Mulgrew Miller. Freddie has recorded five albums as a sideman for George Benson, Bradford Hayes, Melvin Davis, New Jersey City University Jazz Ensemble, and most recently with Rufus Reid.

Mr. Hendrix was a participant of both the Thelonius Monk Jazz Aspen Snowmass and the Steans Institute for young artists (in association with the Ravinia Jazz Festival). He's performed at both 100 Trumpet Salutes for Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Concert in 1994 and at the reception held at John Harms theatre in 1997.

Other performances have been the Jaz Mobile with legendary saxophonist Lou Donaldson and a debut performance at the Cape May Jazz Festival in 2001.
Freddie's most recent endeavors have been playing with llinois Jacquet's Big Band, Estoril Jazz Festival in Portugal with Rufus Reid's Quintet and as a guest soloist along with Charles McPherson, Sir Roland Hanna and a big band made up of some of New York's finest for a tribute to Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington at SUNY Purchase University. He has also performed with Kevin Mahagany and Kendrick Oliver's "New Life Jazz Orchestra".
Freddie is available as a soloist, clinician as well as with his quintet.

Freddie Hendrix's website
Jonathan Batiste — Piano

Jonathan Batiste

Batiste is part of a culturally rich and significant lineage of New Orleans musicians and musical families known worldwide. He is the most recent arrival from the Batiste family of New Orleans. At the age of 8, he was already featured singing with his family in Japan. He later performed with them on percussion, and by 12 had found his destiny: the piano. His family is respected as one of the top families in the creation of the cities musical landscape for generations. These were the roots of his musical beginnings. Since then he has performed, recorded and toured over 30 countries with artist such as Harry Connick Jr., Abbey Lincoln, Jimmy Buffett, Lenny Kravitz, Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, The Batiste Brothers, Alvin Batiste, and currently with Cassandra Wilson & Roy Hargrove. He has three CD releases under his own name, the first released when he was 17 and still studying at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) High School in New Orleans. He is also a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City.

Jonathan Batiste's website
Marcus Gilmore — Drums and Percussion

Marcus Gilmore

Marcus Gilmore, 22, is the grandson of Roy Haynes, jazz’s most important living drummer, but he has proved his own virtues quickly. Around the winter of 2004-5 he created that pleasant citywide buzz when someone new and special blows through New York clubs and jam sessions. Now you can hear him regularly, playing with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Nicholas Payton, Vijay Iyer, Ambrose Akinmusire, Yosvany Terry, Gretchen Parlato and others.

Before graduating from LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan, Mr. Gilmore had serious nonacademic training; his bandleaders were some of his teachers. One was the saxophonist Steve Coleman, who uses the Afro-Cuban clave rhythm in unusual patterns. At 15, Mr. Gilmore started rehearsing and performing with Mr. Coleman.

“I met Steve through my uncle,” he said last week in a cafe near his apartment in Harlem. (His uncle, Graham Haynes, is a trumpeter.) “Steve introduced me to concepts that I really wasn’t used to. He’d play me a line on the saxophone, a low note for the bass drum and a high note for the snare. And he’d just keep looping it till I got it. I guess his type of structures are kind of abnormal. The first time I finally got one of those tunes down, my head hurt. But I felt like I was smarter and stronger.”

Mr. Gilmore tends to work for bandleaders who write complex music, which he phrases with a rolling grace and swing, adding furtive microfills of funk. The demands of the compositions have shaped his style; it sounds natural and never looks easy.

“I always wanted to be a drummer who knew how to get around the drums,” he said, “but also I wanted to be a taste drummer — someone who knows how to interact, as opposed to bashing out everything. I want to be musical.”

Noah Preminger — Saxophone

Noah Preminger

Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, jazz saxophonist Noah Preminger has been receiving stellar recognition almost immediately after hitting the scene.  Ben Ratliff of the New York Times raves about Preminger's debut recording, Dry Bridge Road: "More than just a promising starting point, this is a display of integrity; here’s a musician you feel you can trust... unusually graceful... [he] plays with care and dry precision, dividing his time among all registers, with even tone and projection in each."  Noah's playing and his group's concepts are influenced by genres ranging from classic to contemporary jazz, from hard rock to ambient music.  It is Preminger's uniqueness that sets him aside from other musicians: "He plays with not just chops and composure, but already a distinct voice."- Siddartha Mitter, Boston Globe.

Noah has had the opportunity to perform and work with Dave Liebman, John McNeil, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Dave Douglas, Joel Frahm, Dave Holland, John and Bucky Pizzarelli,  Marvin Stamm, Kendra Shank, Jim McNeely, Phil Grenadier, Roscoe Mitchell, Bob Nieske, Tony Moreno, Cecil McBee, Bob Moses and others.  As of recently, Noah has been an important member of  groups including his own Noah Preminger Sextet and Quartet, Cecil McBee’s “Transcend” Group, the John McNeil Group, the Dana Lauren Group and others.  He has been fortunate to play all over the world for audiences small and large.  Noah earned his BM at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

Noah's debut album, Dry Bridge Road, considered as "jazz debut of the year" by the prestigious Village Voice poll, is available on the Nowt Records label.  The band includes: Russ Johnson- trumpet, Ben Monder- guitar, Frank Kimbrough- piano, John Hebert- bass, Ted Poor- drums and Noah Preminger-saxophone.  The album was produced by John McNeil and recorded at Park West Studios in New York.

Noah Preminger's website
Rob Duguay — Bass

Rob Duguay

Rob Duguay is a promising young bass player well-versed in many styles of music.  A budding musician on the New York scene, Rob has also performed in such places as Montreal, Quebec; New Orleans; Washington D.C.; Portland, Oregon; Philadelphia; Paris, France; and Montreux, Switzerland and more.  Since his arrival in New York four years ago, Rob has had the opportunity to share the stage with such greats as Harold Mabern, George Coleman, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Roy Hargrove, Donny McCaslin, Abraham Burton, and more.  Look forward to hearing a lot more from Rob Duguay soon.