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Event details:

J.H.S. 13 Jackie Robinson
Thu., May 27, 2010 – 3:30 PM
J.H.S. 13 Jackie Robinson
1573 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10029
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Lineup: Avi Rothbard, Gary Versace, Quincy Davis, Wayne Escoffery,  

About the venue:

Central Park East Middle School (JHS 13) is a community that promotes academic and personal excellence by motivating and setting high expectations, will develop lifelong learners.  We host grades 6th through 8th with most of our students coming from the nearby community and are predominantly of Hispanic and African American decent.  About 84% of our students are eligible for free or reduced lunch while 60% of our students live in foster care or with extended family.  Our hard work at our school has led to a tremendous turn around.  We were recently awarded an "A" on our Progress Report and a "Well Developed" on our Quality Review.  Our students continue to flourish with accomplishments such as winning the Middle School Girls Basketball Championship this year, hosting the first National Junior Honor Society within our zipcode, and expanding our partnerships by over 300% in the last three years.  We are excited to be a part of "All about the Swing" and exploring the amazing world of Jazz.

Performer Details:

Avi Rothbard — Guitar

Avi Rothbard

Avi Rothbard is an Israeli born jazz guitarist from New York. Originally from Kibbutz Gan Shmuel, Rothbard's first professional gig was at the age of seventeen. After drafting from the IDF, Rothbard moved to Jerusalem to attend the Rubin Academy of music near the Hebrew University. He started to perform and record as a guitarist and a electric bassist with some local names such as Boris Gamer, Avishai Cohen, Amikam Kimelman, Jean Claude Jones, Jess Koren, Arnie Lawrence and Avi Adrian.
After spending a year in NYC between 1991 to1992, Rothbard returned to Israel to except several teaching positions. In 1995, Avi Rothbard relocated to Boston, MA after earning a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. Berklee was a great place to challenge his musical skills;until his graduation in 1999, his performing experience included working with various outstanding musicians such as Jeremy Pelt, Andy McGhee, Bob Moses, and Phil Wilson. During his years at Berklee, Mr. Rothbard won The Jimmy Hendrix Award, Boston Jazz Society Award, Guitar Dpt. Achievement Award and The William Leavitt Award. Mr. Rothbard has been teaching at the Annual Berklee Guitar Sessions between the years 2000 and 2009 and he is a dedicated teacher/educator, who is responsible for the success of many aspiring guitarists around the world. Other master classes include appearances at City College of New York(while earning his MA from CUNY) as well as clinics in JCC and Indiana University, to name a few.  Since 1999, After moving for the second time to NYC, Avi Rothbard has played in clubs such as Saint Nicks, Dizzy's Coca Cola club, Rose Hall, Lenox Lounge, Blue Note, Bitter End, CBGB, Showman's, Fat Cat, Smalls, Sweet Rhythm, Minton's Playhouse and Smoke. Mr. Rothbard have worked with jazz greats such as Ben Riley, Richie Cole, Jeremy Pelt, Richie Vitaley, Ali Jackson, Ted Rosenthal, Carolyn Leonhart, Wayne Escoffery, Jay Leonhart, Warren Vach'e, Mike Clark, Ari Roland, Ray Drummond, Herb Pomroy, Chihiro Yamanaka and Uri Caine.
Notable jazz festivals include JVC Jazz Festival. Red sea Jazz Festival (Israel), Harlem Festival, Jazz at Aspen Snow-mass, Juan Le Penn, Cape May Jazz Festival, Hartford Jazz Festival and many more. As a side man, Mr. Rothbard is a very sought after guitarist. His guitar style displays an outstanding technique, a broad knowledge of jazz, funk, Latin and R&B repertoire, as well as an impeccable time feel to be the ideal band member for every group session.  Currently, Mr. Rothbard performs as an unaccompanied solo jazz guitarist, as well as leading is own jazz trio. Mr. Rothbard also co-leads the Uptown Quartet which performs regularly in the NYC area. 

Gary Versace — Organ

Gary Versace

Since basing himself in New York City in June of 2002, jazz organist, pianist, and accordionist Gary Versace has quickly become one of the busiest and most versatile musicians on the scene, often featured in bands led by musicians such as John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Maria Schneider, Matt Wilson, Lee Konitz, Eliot Zigmund, Scott Wendholt, Joe Magnarelli, Danny Gottlieb, Seamus Blake, John Hollenbeck, Andy LaVerne, Adam Nussbaum, Brad Shepik, Ingrid Jensen, Tim Ries and many others.
Versace was voted a "rising star" on the Hammond organ in the last three Downbeat critics polls, and was the subject of a feature article in the July 2004 issue of Keyboard magazine.
Versace has been a featured soloist on several critically acclaimed recordings of recent years: accordionist on Maria Schneider's Grammy-winning recordings "Concert in the Garden" and "Sky Blue" and as the pianist on John Hollenbeck's Grammy-nominated large ensemble recording, "A Blessing."
Over the past five years, Versace has appeared as a leader for the Criss Cross and SteepleChase labels, and as a sideman on over 50 recordings with artists on various labels including Palmetto, ACT, Omnitone, Songlines, Pirouet, High Note, Justin Time, ArtistShare, Fresh Sound, Kind of Blue, and many others.
As a pianist, Versace performed in a two-piano recital with Marian McPartland, and in April of 1999 appeared on her acclaimed National Public Radio program, "Piano Jazz." McPartland has called him "...endlessly inventive...(Versace) really has an extraordinary talent."
Gary Versace has a masters’ degree in music performance from the Eastman School of Music, and spent eight years as a tenured associate professor in the jazz studies department at the University of Oregon. He remains active as a clinician and guest soloist both nationally and around the world.

Gary Versace's website
Quincy Davis — Drums

Quincy Davis

QUINCY DAVIS, born on August 27th 1977 in Grand Rapids, MI, comes from a very musical family. He picked up the drums from an early age and often would play with his older brother in their basement. In his elementary and middle school bands, he also played trumpet and tuba. His formal musical studies began during his 11th grade year at Interlochen Arts Academy (IAA). There he studied classical percussion as well as trap-set drumming. IAA is where he received his first experience playing with a jazz band. IAA proved to be an important contribution to Davis╩╝ future successes.
In 1995, Davis graduated from IAA and began college at Western Michigan University. There he studied with drum master, Billy Hart. Along with learning more about the drums, Mr. Hart instilled in Davis a deep knowledge of the music, which has proven to be very beneficial to his career. During these collegiate years, Davis played at various collegiate jazz festivals where notable musicians like Benny Green, Bunky Green, Jon Faddis, Roy Haynes, Carl Allen, Louis Hayes, and Wallace Roney heard and recognized Davis talents with written accolades and excellence certificates.
After graduating in 1999, Davis taught elementary and middle school instrumental music in the Grand Rapids area for one year before moving to New York City. In the summer of 2000, Davis moved to New York City. He quickly became one of the sought after “young cats” on the New York jazz scene. Since being in New York, Davis has played with many great musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Frank Wess, Russell Malone, Eric Reed, Paquito D'Rivera, Lew Tebakin, Marcus Printup, Warren Vache, Ron Blake, Jon Faddis, Stefon Harris, Peter Berstein, Roy Hargrove, Randy Johnston, Laverne Butler, Paula West, Nicholas Payton, New York Voices, Ryan Kisor and Wessell Anderson.
Davis has toured with notable leaders including Benny Green, Cyrus Chestnut, Regina Carter, and Tom Harrell. Along with being in Benny Green’s trio for 1 year, he was also a part of the Tom Harrell Quintet for 4 years. With these and other bands, Davis has played in over 10 different countries and in many well known jazz clubs such as: The Village Vangaurd and The Blue Note in New York City; The Jazz Showcase in Chicago; Paris’ New Morning Jazz Club; The Jazz Bakery, Yoshi, and Catalina Bar and Grill in California.
Major recordings Davis can be heard on include: Tom Harrell’s Live at the Village Vanguard and Wise Children on the RCA Victor recording label; Vincent Gardner’s Elbow Room on the SteepleChase label.
Today, Davis continues to free-lance and travel with various musicians and also leads his own band from time to time in which his talents as a composer are featured. Davis’ talents have clearly been recognized and admired by many and because of his humble spirit, great attitude, and deep knowledge and passion for the music, he will continue to make his mark in the jazz world.

Quincy Davis's website
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