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Event details:

Ebbets Field M.S. Spring Concert 2013
Thu., May 16, 2013 – 1:30 PM
Ebbets Field M.S. 352
46 Mckeever Place, Brooklyn, NY 11225
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Lineup: Ben Wolfe, Carolyn Leonhart, Donald Edwards, Wayne Escoffery,  

Performer Details:

Ben Wolfe — Bass

Ben Wolfe

As Wynton Marsalis said, “Ben Wolfe swings with authority.”  Including his recent quintet recording, “Live at Smalls” on the SmallsLIVE label, Bassist-composer Ben Wolfe has released six CDs comprised solely of his original music. Of the music on his MAXJAZZ release “No Strangers Here” The New York Times says, “In this music Mingus and Miles Davis meet Bartok and Bernard Herrmann”.

In January 2008, The New York Sun reviewed Ben’s new composition, From Here I See, commissioned by the Rubin Museum for the Harlem in the Himalayas series as a piece “Bernstein would doubtlessly have approved of.” Like many of Ben’s compositions, this 25-minute Suite fell into line with the jazz concept of a double quartet — a format that combines the standard jazz quartet with the standard string quartet.  
Chamber Music America awarded him the 2004 New Works: Creation and Presentation Program Grant, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  As a result of this award, Wolfe was able to compose his extended composition Contradiction: Music for Sextet.
Wolfe also recently made his mark as a film composer, working with Matthew Modine on the film short, I Think I Thought. At the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, The New York Sun reviewed his work on this film as, “a standout music score.”
Born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in Portland, Oregon, Wolfe has gained a large following from his performances with Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., and Diana Krall. Early on in his career, he formed a Duo with Harry Connick Jr. and went on to record over a dozen albums and soundtracks.  During his years with Connick, he performed on numerous world tours as musical director.  He then joined the Wynton Marsalis Septet and remained until it disbanded. Wolfe also became an integral part of Diana Krall’s touring band and played on many of her recordings, including the Grammy Award winning CD, “When I Look In Your Eyes.”

When a member of The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), Wolfe performed with Joe Henderson, Doc Cheatham, Jon Hendricks, Harry “Sweets” Edison, and Billy Higgins, among others.   Other artists he has recorded with include Branford Marsalis, James Moody, Eric Reed, Carl Allen, and Benny Green.  In addition to his most recent CDs, Ben’s previous recordings include “13 Sketches” (1996) and “Bagdad Theater” (1997), both released on Mons Records; the critically acclaimed “Murray’s Cadillac” (2000) on Amosaya Music; and “My Kinda Beautiful” (2004) on Planet Arts Records.

Ben is currently on the teaching faculty at The Julliard School: Jazz Division.

Carolyn Leonhart — Vocalist

Carolyn Leonhart

The daughter of noted jazz bassist Jay Leonhart, Carolyn Leonhart’s intimate and soulful voice has been recognized countless times over the years, and reflects the quality of the musicians she has played with. In addition to having tenure as the lead back-up vocalist with the legendary jazz/rock band Steely Dan for over a decade, Carolyn won 3rd Place in the Thelonious Monk Vocal Jazz Competition in 1995 was featured on the cover of Jazziz Magazine’s Women In Jazz issue in 2003. Carolyn has performed and/or recorded with Al Jarreau, Hank Jones, Michael McDonald, Christian McBride, Jimmy Cobb, Eric Reed, as well as many others. Carolyn’s newest release, "Tides Of Yesterday" (Savant Records) with its original compositions as well as song by Charles Mingus, Lee Morgan and Donald Fagen, is receiving wide critical acclaim and is currently under consideration for a Grammy Nomination for Best Vocal jazz Album of 2010.

" That Carolyn Leonhart can hold her own as a superlative vocalist is undeniable."
Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times, May 2010

" If you want to hear some exquisite renditions of "The Sweetest Sounds," "Never Never Land," "Where There is Love" and more, pick up "Tides of Yesterday."
Liz Smith, WoWoWoW.com, May 2010

Carolyn Leonhart's website
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.

Wayne Escoffery — Tenor Sax

Wayne Escoffery

Since moving to New York City in 2000, tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has become one of the Jazz world’s most talented rising stars and in-demand sidemen. He has recorded five CDs as a leader and been on numerous recordings as a sideman.  In 2006 Wayne secured one of the most coveted gigs in jazz: a frontline position in Tom Harrell’s working quintet. He is currently a member of the quintet and to date has recorded two CDs with the group, even co-producing Harell’s latest release “Prana Dance”.

Wayne Escoffery's website