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Event details:

Lauren Sevian’s “Eb Quartet”
Thu., April 22, 2010 – 3:30 PM
Ivy League School
211 Brooksite Drive, Smithtown, New York 11787
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Lineup: Boris Kozlov, Jeff Davis, Lauren Sevian, Mike DiRubbo,  

About the venue:

Founded as a one room schoolhouse it quickly grew into an outstanding pre-school and summer day camp. This rapid expansion was prompted by the demand of young families who moved to Suffolk County seeking quality education and recreation opportunities for their children. As Ivy League’s stellar reputation spread, largely through word of mouth, it met the community’s demand by expanding its facility to include 16 lush forested acres, and several modest classroom buildings clustered throughout its campus. During the past decade, under the leadership of the Cooper family, Ivy League has grown into an unrivaled learning and recreational community touching the lives of thousands of youngsters.

Performer Details:

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.

Jeff Davis — Drums

Jeff Davis

Drummer Jeff Davis hails from Greeley, Colorado and began studying marimba and classical percussion at the age of nine.  For the past 10 years, Davis has been living and making music in New York, and is widely sought after for his use of richly, layered textures, as well as for his power and intensity.  Davis is featured as a member of a number of creative ensembles in New York, including the Jesse Stacken Trio, the Robin Verheyen Quartet, Michael Bates Outside Sources, Kirk Knuffke Quartet, Pedro Giruado Jazz Orchestra, Jon Irabagon’s Outright!, and Tone Collector(Tony Malaby, Eivind Opsvik, Jeff Davis).  Davis has recorded for such labels as Clean Feed, Green Leaf, and Innova records, and has performed at several prominent jazz festivals, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Oslo Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival, and the Earshot Jazz Festival.  He performs regularly in various New York listening rooms, such as the Stone, Barbes, the Jazz Standard, the Jazz Gallery, Birdland, Nublu, Barbes, Zebulon, Joe’s Pub, the Iridium, and the 55-Bar.  Jeff Davis is currently leading and composing for an his group, the Jeff Davis Band, featuring New York greats Tony Barba, Kirk Knuffke, Jon Goldberger, and Eivind Opsvik.  Jeff also leads a trio featuring Matt Pavolka and Oscar Noriega.

Jeff Davis's website
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
Mike DiRubbo — Alto Saxophone

Mike DiRubbo
Photo by Mary Jane Photography

“Something about the sound Mike DiRubbo elicits from the alto saxophone –deep, dark, immense, with a machete edge that denotes a ready-for-anything urban sensibility – immediately grabs the ear. It’s a sound familiar to the cream of New York’s hardcore jazz community since the mid-‘90’s” writes Ted Panken.

Born on July 25, 1970 in New Haven, Connecticut, DiRubbo began his musical life as a junior high school clarinetist, and switched to alto saxophone at 12. A primarily self-taught saxophonist, he developed into a talented instrumentalist drawn inexorably to the notion of improvising. At a high school band concert, Mike had the opportunity to perform with the Dwike Mitchell – Willie Ruff duo, an experience that would add to his desire to be a professional musician and also spark his interest in jazz music.

In the fall of 1988 DiRubbo entered the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz of the Hartt School, University of Hartford, where he studied the tradition and history of African-American music from master saxophonist Jackie McLean, pianists Hotep Galeta and Peter Woodard, bassists Nat Reeves and Rick Rozie and classical saxophone with Ken Radnofsky.

DiRubbo has gone on to perform regularly as both a leader and a sideman in and around New York City and abroad in Italy, France and Israel. Festivals he has performed at include the Litchfield Jazz Festival, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, and the JVC Jazz Festival in NYC and the Jazz, Blues and Videotape festival in Tel Aviv. Some of the musicians he has performed and recorded with are: Cecil Payne, Eddie Henderson, Harold Mabern, Ronnie Matthews, John Hicks, Steve Davis, Tony Reedus, Mike LeDonne, Dwayne Burno, David Hazeltine, Steve Nelson, Mario Pavone, Carl Allen, Michael Weiss, Peter Washington, Nat Reeves, Jim Rotondi, Joe Farnsworth, Eric Alexander, Anthony Wonsey, Brian Lynch, Peter Bernstein, Joe Magnarelli, Essiet Essiet, Matt Wilson, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and George Wein.

Mike has five CDs as a leader: From the Inside Out (Sharp Nine Records 1999); Keep Steppin’ (Criss Cross Jazz 2001); Human Spirit (Criss Cross Jazz 2003); New York Accent (Cellar Live 2007) and his latest: Repercussion (Posi-Tone Records 2009). He has also been featured on five of trombonist Steve Davis’ recordings: The Jaunt; Crossfire; Vibe Up!; Systems Blue and Outlook. Mike can also be heard as a sideman on the Fresh Sounds, Criss Cross, Double Time Jazz and Knitting Factory labels. DiRubbo has been featured in articles, reviews, and interviews in magazines such as Saxophone Journal, Hothouse, Jazz Times, Downbeat, Jazz Journal, Cadence, Swing Journal, Jazz Folio, JazzWise, All Music Guide and All About Jazz.

Continuing the circle of knowledge, DiRubbo has been a resident artist at the Litchfield Jazz Camp since it’s inauguration in 1996. Most recently he has been a guest instructor at SUNY Purchase in NY, at William Patterson University’s jazz program, at New York University, at the Jackie McLean Institute and is a saxophone tutor at the New School in NYC. He has also conducted master-classes at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio, Loyola University in New Orleans, and at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford. Mike has also participated in the Jazz in the Classroom (founded by the late Billy Higgins) series in up-state New York and has privately instructed at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.

Mike endorses Virtuoso saxophones by RS Berkeley and Bari Woowind Supplies mouthpieces.

Mike DiRubbo's website