About the Swing: Great Jazz music live.
We are about the Swing. Listen!

...and when you hear the music, you will be too.


Event details:

J.H.S. 13 Jackie Robinson
Thu., November 18, 2010 – 3:30 PM
J.H.S. 13 Jackie Robinson
1573 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10029
View venue on a map


Lineup: Chris Lightcap, Jeff Lederer, Kirk Knuffke, Matt Wilson,  

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:

Chris Lightcap — Bass

Chris Lightcap

Bassist and composer Chris Lightcap has collaborated with Marc Ribot, Regina Carter, Craig Taborn, Mark Turner, John Scofield, Dave Liebman, Paquito D'Rivera, Joe Morris,  Sheila Jordan, James Carter, Butch Morris, Ben Monder and Tom Harrell. Since 1998 he has also led his own groups and produced three critically acclaimed albums of original music.

Born and raised in the great beer and steel town of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Chris Lightcap started out on the piano at age eight, switched to violin at nine and began to teach himself the electric bass at fourteen. He simultaneously played violin in a local youth symphony and took gigs on bass guitar with local rock bands as well as his school's jazz and concert bands. As a senior in high school he started to study the upright bass and  the following year he enrolled at Williams College. During this period he studied with jazz bassist Cameron Brown, composers Robert Suderburg, David Kechley and Alvin Lucier, trumpeter Bill Dixon, and the late master bassist Milt Hinton. While attending Wesleyan University for a semester he also had the privilege of studying and performing with master drummer Edward Blackwell shortly before his death in 1992.  Upon graduating from Williams with the school's Hutchinson arts grant he moved to his current home, New York City.

Lightcap eventually became busy performing and recording within the city's fertile jazz and contemporary music scenes. He also met many musicians who would become longtime creative collaborators. Meanwhile he continued his writing, contributing music to various cooperative bands and side projects. In 1998 he assembled his own group, featuring Gerald Cleaver on drums and Tony Malaby and Bill McHenry on tenor saxophones.  Lightcap's debut as a leader, "Lay-Up", was released in 2000 on Fresh Sound Records and dubbed "one of the year's winners" by the New York Times. It also sat on the CMJ jazz chart for over a month, eventually reaching the #7 slot.  In a New York Times review of one of his quartet's performances, Ben Ratliff wrote: "Mr. Lightcap is one of the few musicians working these days who has the breadth and inclination to divide his working life between what's called avant jazz and the mainstream." 

Lightcap's quartet released its follow-up on Fresh Sound, "Bigmouth" in early 2003. This latest CD also reached CMJ's top ten and was awarded the highest rating of "Choc" (Shock) by the top Jazz magazine of France, Jazzman. Bigmouth has  also enjoyed wide acclaim in such publications as Jazztimes, Cadence, the Village Voice, All About Jazz and Double Bassist.

In addition to his career as a freelance upright and electric bassist, Lightcap is currently performing with his current group, Bigmouth, featuring Malaby and Chris Cheek on tenor saxophones, Craig Taborn on keyboards and Gerald Cleaver on drums. Recently this group received a New York Times review as well as reviews in the Newark Star Ledger and All About Jazz. Lightcap released his third CD as a leader, "Deluxe" with this group on the Clean Feed Label in 2010 and the CD has received critical praise in the New York Times and Downbeat.

Lightcap's composing has also extended to the realm of contemporary chamber music.  Most recently he was comissioned to write "Wiretap" for the new music ensemble counter)induction, which premiered the piece in October of 2006 at the Tenri Cultural Center in New York.

As a sideman Lightcap enjoys work with a wide array of material and musicians, having toured and played major festivals with such bandleaders as Mark Turner, Ravi Coltrane, Joe Morris, Matt Wilson, Ben Monder, Terrel Stafford, and Rob Brown. He performed weekly with the Cecil Taylor Big Band in 1995 and was invited to perform in a trio with Archie Shepp and Sunny Murray in Paris the following year. For the next two years he worked regularly throughout New York City in a trio led by saxophonist George Garzone. In 2000 Chris joined the ensemble of Verve recording artist Regina Carter. He  subsequently performed and recorded extensively with Carter  throughout four continents and has been featured alongside the rest of her gropus with the Boston, Atlanta and Minnesota Symphonies. He has also performed and recorded extensively with contemporary singer-songwriters like Glen Hansard of the Swell Season, Ruper Orodorkia, Jesse Harris and Rebecca Martin.

His playing is featured on over 50 recordings, including Craig Taborn's "Light Made Lighter" (Thirsty Ear), Regina Carter's "Reverse Thread" (E1) and "Pagannini: After a Dream" (Verve/Universal), the Swell Season's "Strict Joy" (Anti-), Chad Taylor's "Circle Down" (242 Music), Whit Dickey's "Transonic" (Aum Fidelity), Rob Brown's "Jumping Off the Page" (No More), and Joe Morris' "Underthru" (Omnitone), "A Cloud of Blackbirds"(Aum Fidelity), and "At the Old Office"(Knitting Factory Works).  He has also recorded with Tom Harrell, Marc Ribot, Anthony Coleman, Steven Bernstein, Roy Campbell, and Mat Maneri.


Chris Lightcap's website
Jeff Lederer — Saxophone

Jeff Lederer

Jeff Lederer is a saxophonist/composer/educator based in Brooklyn, New York whose musical work dramatically crosses historical and stylistic boundaries. His work Los Sazones, an extended re-imagining of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” for Salsa band and Baroque Chamber Orchestra was commissioned by the Ravinia Festival for the Chicago Symphony in 2003 and has received repeated performances by that Orchestra along with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony, Colorado Symphony and many regional orchestras. He is an active performer in jazz and Latin music- his group Shakers n’ Bakers offers a look at Shaker “Vision” songs through the lens of free jazz, minimalism and pop. He has produced 7 recordings for many record labels including Gunther Schuller’s GM Recordings and as a saxophonist is a part of many other internationally known groups including the Matt Wilson Quartet, Jimmy Bosch’s Salsa Dura and the Grammy-nominated Bobby Sanabria Big Band.

Jeff Lederer's website
Kirk Knuffke — Trumpet

Kirk Knuffke
Photo by Peter Gannushkin downtownmusic.net

Originally from Colorado, trumpeter Kirk Knuffke has been based in New York City since 2005. Kirk has studied improvisation with great jazz artists Ornette Coleman, Art Lande and Ron Miles. He currently leads his own groups, including the Kirk Knuffke Quartet and trio, with 3 recordings now available as a leader for the Cleanfeed and No Business labels.  He and pianist Jesse Stacken also record for Denmark’s renowned Steeplechase label.

Knuffke stays very busy as a member of the celebrated Matt Wilson Quartet, touring the US, performing and teaching.  Recent trips with Mr. Wilson brought Kirk to play at Jazz at the Lincoln Centers Rose Hall with guest saxophonist Marshall Allen, and the 2010 New Port Jazz festival. Kirk is also a long time veteran of Butch Morris' groups, the Andrew D’angelo Big Band, Josh Roseman’s Extended Constellations, The Jeff Davis Band, Ideal Bread, Lilse Ellis, and Kenny Wollesen's Wollesonic,

Kirk has also played and or recorded in groups featuring, among others, Graham Haynes, Jim Black, Tim Berne, Eddie Henderson, Daniel Carter, John Zorn, Tony Malaby, Dave Douglas, Briggan Krauss, Bill McHenry, Trevor Dunn, Mark Helias, Angelica Sanchez, Joe Bonner, Ted Nash, and Steven Bernstein, and the Mary Halvorson quintet

“Big Wig” was Knuffke's debut recording as a leader, released in May of 2008 on Clean Feed Records it was greeted with strong international reviews including the New York Times. His 2nd Clean Feed CD entitled “Amnesia Brown” featured a new trio with Kenny Wollesen and Doug Wieselman. After it’s release in February 2010 it received 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine, in that review Peter Margasak stated “Over the last couple years, New York trumpeter Kirk Knuffke has quietly emerged as one of the most exciting and flexible hornmen on the scene.” 

In 2009 Kirk received a Jerome Foundation Composers grant though Roulette in New York City; the commissioned works of which were performed by a new trio with Kenny Wollesen and Lisle Ellis. The recording of that concert entitled “Chew you food” is now available on No Busisness records.  Knuffke has also made appearances in venues outside the traditional New York jazz scene, including work with pop artist Josh Ritter on Sony Records. Internationally, he has played with ensembles at jazz festivals in Saalfeldan Austria, Willisau Switzerland, The North Sea Jazz festival in Holland as well as festival dates in Italy and France.


Kirk Knuffke's website
Matt Wilson — Drums

Matt Wilson

New York based drummer Matt Wilson is one of today’s most celebrated jazz artists. He is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style as well as being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer, and teaching artist. Matt’s positive energy, sense of humor and ability to explore a broad range of musical settings keeps him in constant demand. In addition, Wilson’s dedication to jazz has helped establish him as a beloved world ambassador for the music, on and off the bandstand. Matt was featured on the covers of both Downbeat and JazzTimes magazines in November 2009 and was for 5 consecutive years voted #1 Rising Star Drummer in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll. In 2003, the Jazz Journalists Association voted Wilson as the Drummer of the Year .

He leads the Matt Wilson Quartet, Arts and Crafts and the Carl Sandburg Project and co-leads Trio M with Myra Melford and Mark Dresser. Matt is integral part of bands led by Joe Lovano/John Scofield, Charlie Haden, Lee Konitz, Denny Zeitlin, Ted Nash, Myra Melford, Jane Ira Bloom and Dena DeRose among others. He has performed with a wide range of musical luminaries including Wynton Marsalis, Andrew Hill, Elvis Costello, John Zorn, Bobby Hutcherson, Bill Frisell, Kenny Barron, Pat Metheny and Hank Jones. Wilson has appeared on 220 CDs as a sideman. He has released 8 as a leader for Palmetto Records as well as co-leading 5 additional releases.

Matt’s ability to clearly communicate and inspire with passion, humor and creativity has made him one of the most sought after teaching artists in jazz. He has been invited to conduct workshops at the International Association of Jazz Educators and Percussive Arts Society conventions as well as at the Eastman School of Music, Berklee College of Music and Indiana University among numerous schools around the world. He is a clinician for the Zildjian Cymbal Company, Craviotto Drums and Remo drumheads.

Matt resides in Baldwin, NY with his wife Felicia, daughter Audrey and triplet sons Henry, Max and Ethan.

Matt Wilson's website