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The New York Standards Quartet takes its name from their conceptual evolution. The group has mined the rich veins of standards, show tunes, and the Great American Songbook, but have, through their virtuosity and imagination, claimed this music as their own. Using the melodies as the starting line, the listener is treated to a journey down the path of the familiar to discover new depths buried in iconic masterpieces. Pianist David Berkman is a tremendously fluid and technically gifted player. Count among his colleagues and bandmates elders such as Sonny Stitt, Hank Crawford, Eddie Henderson, Lenny White and Billy Hart; count among his peers musicians such as Dave Douglas, Brian Blade, Chris Potter and Joe Lovano.
Drummer Gene Jackson is what is commonly referred to as a “heavyweight.” His immense credits include a decade-long stint with Herbie Hancock as well as stays with the Mingus Big Band, Christian McBride, Clark Terry, Elvis Costello and countless others.
Saxophonist Tim Armacost is part of present-day jazz’s upper echelon. Born in Los Angeles, his career began in Tokyo, moved first to New Delhi and then to Amsterdam before landing squarely in The Big Apple. Tim’s credits include working with Al Foster, Kenny Barron, Peter Erskine, Ray Drummond, and Randy Brecker.
Michael Janisch, by far NYSQ’s youngest member is accomplished beyond his years. The award-winning bassist, composer, bandleader, producer, promoter and record label owner is originally from Wisconsin, but is now based in London. Janisch is known for a warm but powerful sound, combining that strength with a less-than-orthodox technique and an acute improvisational sensibility.
Part of the Tyson Starrlight Jazz Series
Presented by Walton Arts Center