Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Mickey Bass New York Powerhouse Ensemble

For over three decades, Goddard Riverside has hosted a series of Musical Evenings featuring outstanding musicians; The high intensity of this band of Players, with their 'take no prisoners' attitude promises to be a rare Musical treat, and is not to be missed! This band is exactly what it says it is -- A Powerhouse, and maintaining that particular 'mix' will be; Lakecia Benjamin; Alto Sax, Charles Davis Jr; Tenor Sax, Alan Palmer; Piano, Eric Allen; Drums and Bandleader Mickey Bass on Bass.

"Mickey Bass's long-running ensemble is hard bop with fire and soul; the jumping quintet always lives up to it's name..... Gary Giddins, 'Voice Choices', The Village Voice

"You don't often see the Bassist down front leading the band, but here's a Bass man who is eminently qualified for the job....with this man leading, energy is guaranteed.... And everything will sound fresh." Joe Klopus, The Kansas City Star.

Legendary Bassist & Bandleader Mickey Bass is a Hard-bop veteran. As a "Jazz Messenger" he Recorded, Composed & Arranged for Art Blakey. Also worked as a Bassist with Billy Eckstine, Hank Mobley, Freddie Hubbard and Sonny Rollins, to name but a few, and Gloria Lynne, for whom he also served as Musical Director. Recordings include stints with; Hank Mobley & Lee Morgan for "Blue Note" Records, Bobby Timmons on "Prestige" and Curtis Fuller on "Mainstream"......

Meanwhile...back to the Band! A powerful young woman is on Alto Sax; Ms. Lakecia Benjamin. A native New Yorker, who graduated from The New School, into Clark Terry's Big Band "Terry's young Titans of Jazz", with whom she then began to tour the World. Recently she has also played with Alicia Keyes, Stevie Wonder, and Rashied Ali. Tenor Saxophonist, Charles Davis Jr. originally 'hails' from Milwaukee, and has worked with Roy Haynes, and The Sun Ra Orchestra. Pianist Allen Palmer, has played with Jackie McLean, and Abraham Burton, and recently played in the revival of the Off-Broadway play "The Connection". Our bombardier; Eric Allen is a former alumni of Mr. Bass' Jazz Ensemble at The Ellington School of The Arts, and has played extensively with Wallace Roney's Quintet. He has also toured Japan with Vocalist Helen Merrill, and played in Illinois Jacquet's band, along with Richard Wyands and 'Slam' Stewart.

Goddard Riverside Community Center: "changing lives.....creating hope.....opening doors...... "Our programs are designed to meet the basic needs of the participants and simultaneously inject new learning, stimulate curiosity and motivate participants to become more aware of the world around them and take action to better and enrich their lives." Goddard is located at 593 Columbus Avenue in New York; on the corner of 88th Street. Concerts are from 7.00pm to 8.00pm.

Please note: This is a Free Jazz Concert - to which all program participants, staff, community members, family and friends are welcome. Seating is limited to 200 seats; please pick up a ticket at 593 Columbus Avenue starting on April 7th to ensure seating.

Phone number: (212) 873-6600

Website: www.goddard.org

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