Jazz Guitar 2011
*Mercury Lounge* ~ Showtime: 8:00pm
Iconoclastic and prolific jazz-rock guitarist David ‘Fuze’ Fiuczynski, a jazz player who“doesn’t want to play just jazz”, has been hailed by the world press as an incredibly inventive guitar hero, who continues to deliver with music that is unclassifiable, challenging and invigorating. An innovative musician who has released nine CD’s and a double live DVD, Fuze is best known as the leader of the Screaming Headless Torsos.
Guitarist Liberty Ellman blends highly advanced post-bop jazz with elements of funk and hip-hop. His music falls roughly within the M-Base subculture birthed by alto saxophonist Steve Coleman. Born in London in 1971, but raised in the States, Ellman became an active member of the Bay Area’s artistic community, playing with like-minded musicians Vijay Iyer and Eric Crystal, working with hip-hop groups the Coup and Midnight Voices, and composing music for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, a political theater company. In early 1997, Ellman founded Red Giant Records, which released his debut album, Orthodoxy, as well as discs by Iyer, Crystal, and Midnight Voices. Relocating to New York in late 1998, Ellman recorded for dance music producers Spiritual Life and began playing with saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. He also performed regularly with his own trio and gained auspicious employment in the touring band of M-Base prophet Greg Osby.
In 1995, he began playing with Cassandra Wilson with whom he played a variety of string instruments for six years. On Cassandra Wilson’s CD, Traveling Miles, Marvin co wrote the song, Right Here, Right Now with Cassandra. Before leaving Cassandra Wilson, he was the music director of her band for a little over a year. In the summer of 2001, Marvin went on tour with Sekou Sandiata along with Ani Difranco. While out on tour, Marvin got a chance to share the stage with Ani Difranco.
In 2002, Marvin did a tour of eastern Africa with the Newsome, Sewell, and Harris Trio. The group performed in Kenya, Malawi, Botswana, Mozambique, Mauritius.
Today, Marvin spends most of his time writing music for his own band, The Marvin Sewell Group. He has performed all over New York City and is preparing to put out his debut recording under his own name. This group has recieved great reviews in many of the local New York papers.
Touted by NPR as “the next big jazz guitarist”, rising star Nir Felder has been making waves in the New York City jazz scene since his arrival in 2005. Among his many credits include stints in bands led by Greg Osby, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington,Meshell Ndegeocello, Cindy Blackman and Chuck Mangione as well as performances with Jack DeJohnette, Stanley Clarke, Matisyahu and Black Sheep at venues including Radio City Music Hall and the Village Vanguard and national television stationsNBC and Fox. Felder currently resides in Brooklyn and leads the bands Big Heat and Nir Felder 4. Felder’s group will feature: Aaron Parks – piano, Matt Penman – bass, Nate Smith – drums.« Back to Events