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Event details:

Ebbets Field Middle School 352
Tue., November 30, 2010 – 3:14 PM
Ebbets Field Middle School 352
46 McKeever Place, Brooklyn, NY 11225
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"New Orleans had a great tradition of celebration. Opera, military marching bands, folk music, the blues, different types of church music, ragtime, echoes of traditional African drumming, and all of the dance styles that went with this music could be heard and seen throughout the city. When all of these kinds of music blended into one, jazz was born." —Wynton Marsalis
 New Orleans is a city with a beautifully diverse set of influences, in part, because it was a major port city at the Mississippi River delta in the 1800’s when shipping was still the major means of transport.  People from all over the world, not just goods, were shipped to and passed through New Orleans on the way up the Mississippi. 
After having been under both Spanish and French control, New Orleans then became an American city in 1803.  What is so special about New Orleans is that the people maintained the best parts of each influence (and there are many including Carribean, African, European, etc.) and continue to celebrate their histories. 
Imagine being a little boy or girl growing up surrounded by these vibrantly different cultures and types of music.  Each day, you would want to wake up and head to where all the commotion is hoping not to miss any of the action.  Well, that’s exactly what Louis Armstrong did, one of the best trumpet players and vocalists of American music in the 20th century.  Everyday he would go out into the city and join a marching band, play on a corner with friends, or study trumpet playing from the older musicians. 
Artists and musicians are called upon to realize the sentiments of their time through painting and composing.  The people of New Orleans, like Mr. Armstrong, were exposed to so many different types of music, foods, and customs etc. that a new type of music was needed to describe the feelings of people---what became known as “jazz”.

Lineup: Carolyn Leonhart, Helen Sung, Mimi Jones, Sylvia Cuenca,  

Performer Details:

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
Helen Sung — Piano

Helen Sung

Award-winning jazz pianist/composer Helen Sung is pioneering her own path: as an Asian-American artist, she challenges stereotypes with a singular voice informed by her virtuosity in classical, jazz, & popular music. An aspiring classical pianist before “a Tommy Flanagan solo changed everything,” Sung is a graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and has gone on to work with such jazz luminaries as Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Steve Turre, and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter. She can currently be seen performing with the Mingus Big Band, Terri Lyne Carrington, and T.S.Monk.

Sung is also a noted bandleader with several critically acclaimed albums – Going Express, her 2nd CD on Sunnyside Records, was released in September 2010. Sungbird after Albéniz, a jazz-classical adventure, was hailed “a real winner” (All About Jazz), a “seamless recording in which one composer’s contributions complement the other’s.” (BillBoard).  She has been featured on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, NPR’s JazzSet, and in such publications as Downbeat, JazzTimes, and Keyboard. With recent appearances at the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival, Seattle’s Earshot Festival; the Fontana Chamber Arts Summer Festival; the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Festival (where she won the Piano Competition); and duo concerts with master bassist Ron Carter, Sung is poised for the international stage – her NuGenerations project toured southern Africa as a US State Department-Rhythm Road ensemble, and her trio was featured at the Kalisz International Jazz Piano Festival (Poland) and Jazz Lucca Donna Festival (Italy).

Sung’s rich experience at the Monk Institute inspires her to remain involved with music education through clinics and workshops.  She also produced a jazz residency program (made possible by a Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant) benefiting underserved youth in Camden, NJ. In performance, Sung welcomes “listeners into her world: a place of passion, adventure and drama, and truckloads of rhythm…taking audiences for a ride they won’t soon forget.” (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Helen Sung's website
Mimi Jones — Bass

Mimi Jones

Mimi Jones, multi talented bassist, vocalist and composer, brings her beacon of musical light to the world while embracing a positive future with her inspiring messages. Mimi’s elegant sound is an eclectic mix of genres based on a strong jazz foundation that leave room for funky bass grooves, world beat rhythms, and gentle textures. Her inspiring debut release CD, “A New Day” is bursting with original compositions seamlessly melting from one song to another and caressed by the warmth of Mimi’s sultry voice. The title of the CD speaks of embracing a changing world with a positive point of view while maintaining the courage to move forward just as the new persona and alter ego, Mimi Jones, was transformed from “side man” Miriam Sullivan in order to more appropriately express her own messages of change and future progression.
As a “side man” She has shared the stage with such talents as the great Lionel Hampton, Roy Hargrove, Rachel Z, Sean Jones, Kenny Barron, Jesse Davis, Ingrid Jenson, Kevin Mahogany, Denis Charles, Joshua Redman, Tia Fuller, Mala Waldron and Onaje Allan Gumbs just to name a few. She has toured throughout Europe, South America, the Caribbean Islands, Asia and Africa, to which some of these trips she was a Jazz Ambassador of the United States.
Besides receiving a Bachelor’s of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music she also studied, attended workshops or mentored with Lisle Atkinson, Barry Harris, Ron Carter, Milt Hinton, Dr. Billy Taylor, Yusef Latif, Max Roach, and Latin bass techniques with Guillermo Edgehill.
In 2010 the Mimi Jones performed at the Jazz Standard, the Blue Note NYC, Small's Jazz Club and the Detroit 2010 Jazz Festival, to mention.

Mimi Jones's website
Sylvia Cuenca — Drums

Sylvia Cuenca

SYLVIA CUENCA is an active young drummer on the New York jazz scene who is contributing outstanding performances in a variety of situations. Recently, she has been performing extensively with trumpet legend Clark Terry as part of his quintet. This group performs annually at the Village Vanguard and the Blue Note in New York City, on the Royal Caribbean and the S.S. Norway jazz cruises as well as many clubs, concerts and jazz festivals. In addition to working with Clark Terry, Ms. Cuenca has performed with artists such as trombonist Al Grey, saxophonists Red Halloway, Jimmy Heath and Frank Wess, to name a few.
Other achievements include several tours of Europe and the United States with saxophonist Joe Henderson. Since 1987, this quartet performed at the Taxi International Jazz Festival in Milano, Italy, the Brecon Jazz Festival in Wales, the Viersen Jazz Festival and the Burghausen Jazz Festival in Germany, as well as many concerts in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, England, Switzerland and France. In a trio setting, she performed with Joe Henderson and Charlie Haden in 1989 and also with Joe Henderson and George Mraz in 1994.
As a sideman, Ms. Cuenca has performed and toured with such jazz luminaries as Eddie Henderson, Gary Bartz, Kenny Drew, Jr., John Hicks, George Cables, Marian McPartland, Jon Faddis, Frank Foster's Loud Minority Big Band, Ed Cherry, Bootsie Barnes Kenny Barron, Hilton Ruiz, Dave Valentin, Michael Brecker, Ray Drummond, Ralph Moore, Regina Carter, Richie Cole, Arthur Blythe, Billy Taylor, James Spaulding, Emily Remler, Valery Ponomarov, Houston Person, Mulgrew Miller, Lew Tabackin, Lou Soloff, Jon Hendricks, Etta Jones, Helen Merrill, Dianne Reeves, Dave Stryker, Geoff Keezer and Bruce Foreman, Ralph Bowen, Joshua Redman, Vincent Herring, Jesse Davis, Mingus Big Band, The Boys Choir of Harlem and the European based Vienna Art Orchestra, as well as her recordings as a leader, The Crossing and Exit 13. She can be heard on recordings by Clark Terry, Ron McClure, Ted Curson and The Vienna Art Orchestra, among others. She has performed at festivals and jazz clubs from L.A. to D.C. As a leader, she performed recently with her own group at the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Most recently, she was a clinician for the Sisters in Jazz Program at the 2001 IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) in New York and the Jazz for Teens Program at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. She has taught and performed with the Clark Terry Quintet and the Eddie Henderson Quartet at various colleges and universities in the United States and Europe. She has been a staff member at the Stanford Jazz Workshop in Stanford, California since 1985. She was also Artist-In Residence at the Clark Terry Institute of Jazz at Westmar University in Iowa. In 2005, Guest Director for Sisters in Jazz Program at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
In 1988 and 1991, Ms. Cuenca received jazz performance grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, and in 1992, she was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drum Competition.
Originally from San Jose, California, Sylvia Cuenca attended San Jose City College where she performed and recorded with the City College Big Band. Over the years, she has studied with Victor Lewis, Keith Copeland, Adam Nussbaum, and Portinho. She currently resides in New York City.
Ms. Cuenca endorses Zildjian Cymbals, Regal Tip Brushes and Vic Firth Sticks exclusively.

Some special highlights include:
· The Chicago Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jon Faddis
· Guest Director 2005 for the Sisters in Jazz Program at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC
· Track from "EXIT 13" used in episode of HBO's "Sex and the City"
· Interview in Latina Style magazine
· Release of CD: EXIT 13 to critical acclaim
· Tour of Korea and Japan with Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, and Michael Brecker
· Feature on a Billy Taylor segment of "Up and Coming Artists" on CBS Sunday Morning Show
· The Sylvia Cuenca Group in the Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC
· Cover feature of "The Metro", Silicon Valley, CA newspaper
· Critical acclaim from major music publications of her independent release THE CROSSING
· The Sylvia Cuenca Group at the Monterey Jazz Festival - 2002

Sylvia Cuenca's website