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10.14 Dave Liebman Expansions Live 
Going Their Way?
The Dave Liebman Group’s Expansions Live journeys to parts unknown

It is a work in progress in the very best sense. It is music in progress. Performance in progress. Musicians moving music forward, making things happen, responding to the actions and reactions of their bandmates. Making their own way, then joining hands for a while. Expansions Live, The Dave Liebman Group’s brand new recording, is a thrill ride and a joy ride both.
Those that know jazz know Liebman, and those that know Liebman know he is a master improviser. His latest band, Expansions, is an ambitious project designed to disassemble and reassemble the language of jazz. At their core, Expansions is an adventurous ensemble, eager to invent and constantly in search of new terrain to explore. Their debut album, Samsara, skirted the outer edges of new jazz interpolation, with a profoundly intellectual approach to composing. A follow up project, The Puzzle, found the band delving even deeper into the headier aspects of improvising, daring each other to unearth brave new compositions. Expansions Live finds the band snapping an aural photograph, capturing a time and a place, as if to say, “This is us right here, right now. Check it!”
Expansions centers on the generous skills of five extraordinary musicians—Liebman (soprano sax and flute), Matt Vashlishan (reeds), Bobby Avey (keys), Tony Marino (bass), and Alex Ritz (drums). Each one of is a heavy lifter, with the capacity (and tendency) for extraordinary adventure. Together, they embark on a bristling night of discovery, traipsing through a set consisting of songs from The Puzzle and Samsara. It is a pleasure to hear tracks like the eerie “Vendetta,” a cracking go at Basie’s “Good Bait,” and the bruising “Danse De La Fureur,” a Liebman-adapted track excerpted from a Messiaen composition, which closes the show. The material is rough-hewn and organic, much the way Liebman and company have designed them, with many gratifying moving parts and just as many blind alley ways leading to who knows where. That is why Expansions Live is such a gas. It’s a masterful exercise from a band that is never content to merely play great. They would much rather make something happen, and in the process, take their open-minded listeners to, well, destination unknown.

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Eric Hargett News


"Eric Hargett's playing has it immediately identifiable sound, great time and sense of phrasing, soulful with a sophisticated harmonic concept, and deep roots in the jazz and blues tradition. He knocked me out and can't wait to hear more..." ~Gary Smulyan
From Dave:
I put on a successful concert at the Geery Theater in Sacramento last January.  Here's a cut I thought you would enjoy.  I'm working with a new singer, Michelle Deveaux, who had the delightful idea to put lyrics to my tune, Someday -- which was recorded on my first CD, Gone, as a duo with me and Ernie Watts.  Once Michelle came up with some lyrics I added my  2 cents.
  • 10.4 & 11.1 7-9:30p  FREE  The Clubhouse, 5150 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael, CA 95608  Ron Cunha 17-piece Big Band   The big band’s book now includes Peter Hand’s terrific arrangement of Dave’s tune, “The Sixties.”
  • 11.2 12p noon, FREE  Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 N St., Sacramento, CA 95815 Duo with Michelle Deveaux, Dave-piano, Ben Kopf-bass. Michelle will be singing Dave's original compositions. Dave will be playing the Church's wonderful 9 ft. concert grand piano.

Upcoming Rale Micic Shows

  • 10.5 8p and 9:30p two shows: Celebrating Music of Don Friedman at Linda’s Jazz Night’s, An Beal Bocht Cafe, 4445 W. 238th St., Bronx, NY
October 3, 2016
Upcoming Greg Murphy Shows
  • 10.1,14, 15, 28, 29 7-10p Lorenzo's - Solo Piano, 1100 South Avenue, Staten Island, NY  718-477-2400
  • 10.23, 30 12-4p Lorenzo's - Solo Piano 1100 South Avenue, Staten Island, NY 718-477-2400
  • 10.5, 12, 19, 26 9p-1a Paris Blues - Les Goodson Intergalactic Soul Jazz Band, 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., NYC  212.222.9878  With: John Cooksey & Don Pate
  • 10.6 7p WKCR 89.9 FM New York - Radio Interview with Sharif Abdus-Salaam, Jazz Alternatives, NYC 212-854-9920   With: Summer Breeze
  • 10.12 1p St. Joseph School for the Blind - Spirit of Life Ensemble,  761 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ  With: Daoud-David Williams, Dwight West & Rob Henke
  • 10.13 1pm A. Harry Moore School - Spirit of Life Ensemble, 2078 JFK Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 201-200-3138 With: Daoud-David Williams, Dwight West & Rob Henke
  • 10.13 7 - 10p Light Rail Cafe - Spirit of Life Ensemble, 237 Randolph Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 201-434-9900, With: TK Blue, Dwight West & Rob Henke
  • 10.18 7:30 - 10p Smalls - Greg Murphy Quintet, 183 West 10th St., NYC  212-675-7369, With: Josh Evans, Eric Wyatt, Dezron Douglas & Kush Abadey
October 3, 2016

Upcoming Tim Ray Trio Shows

10.27  7 - 10p Thelonious Monkfish - The Tim Ray Trio featuring John Lockwood - bass & Mark Walker - drums, 524 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139, 617-441-2116  
Upcoming Danny Bacher Shows
  • 10.4 Danny Bacher Trio The Friars Club 57 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022 212-751-7272
  • 10.27 8p Riverwalk Cafe, Sextet with vocalist Aubrey Johnson, 35 Railroad Square, Nashua, NH 03064 603-578-0200
  • 10.28 8p Wamsutta Club, Sextet with vocalist Aubrey Johnson, 427 County St., New Bedford, MA 02740 508-997-7431
October 3, 2016

Jamie Baum (flute) – Guggenheim Fellow, numerous awards as flutist/ compose
Rosa Avila (drums) – Pearl Drums artist, with Villalobos Brothers, Andy Williams, and more
Reut Regev (trombone) – Enja Recording Artist from Israel
Jennifer Vincent (bass) – Jazz at Lincoln Center educator, bassist with Duke Ellington Orchestra etc
Leni Stern (guitar) - Fender and D’Addario artist w. Michael Brecker, Bill Frisell
  • 10.1 7:30p Jazz Kitchen, The Whole World in Her Hands Band, 5377 N College Avenue Indianapolis IN 317-253-4900 
  • 10.7 8p Topos 403 403 North Walnut St., Bloomington, IN 47404, 812-676.8676
  • 10.8 7-11p Rick's Cafe Boatyard  4050 Dandy Trail, Indianapolis, IN 46254 317-290-9300
  • 10.9 2-3p Artsgarden, 110 W Washington St., Indianapolis, IN, 46204
  • 10.14 6-9p Trail Head, Bloomington, Indianapolis, IN
  • 10.15 7-11p Rick's Cafe Boatyard, 4050 Dandy Trail, Indianapolis, IN 46254 317-290-9300

Upcoming Greg Abate Shows

  • 10.1 8-10p 2 sets, Courthouse Center for the Arts, Greg Abate Quartet with Kent Hewitt piano, Dave Zinno bass, Gary Johnson drums, 3381 Kingston Road, Kingston, RI, 401-782-1018
  • 10.4 7p Martinis, with Kenny Wentzel trio, 50 Court St., Plymouth, MA, 774-773-9782  
  • 10.6  9p Natalie’s, Bobby Floyd (keyboards), Greg (saxophone), Chris Berg (bass), Lee McKinney (drums), 5601 North High St., Columbus, OH 43085, 614-436-COAL
  • 10.7 1p clinic Clark Montessori, 3030 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208 513-363-7100 
  • 10.7 6:30-10p Emporium Wines and Underdog Cafe, 233 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, OH 45387, 937-767-7077
  • 10.8 and 10.9 Clarksburg WV   venues TBA
  • 10.11 7:30p Singletary Center Recital Hall, guest artist Greg Abate with the Raleigh Dailey Trio,  405 Rose St., Lexington, KY 40508 859-257-4929
  • 10.12 8p Lucille Little Library (UK Niles Gallery), Tribute To Phil Woods w/Greg Abate and Miles Osland Quintet, 160 Patterson Dr., Lexington, KY 40506 859-257-2800
  • 10.13 Kilgor HS Workshop Cincinnati OH 2 pm
  • 10.14 9p The Greenwich, 2442 GIlbert Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206 513-221-1151
  • 10.15 Louisville KY 
  • 10.16 3p Singletary Center Recital Hall,, 7th Annual UK Jazz Spectacular, 405 Rose St., Lexington, KY 40508 859-257-4929
  • 10.16 7-10p Spinoza's, The Greg Abate Quartet, 2727 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Fairfield Shopping Center, Beaver Creek, OH, 45431 937-426-7799
  • 10.21 8-11p Rosmarin at Providence Hotel with the Joe Potenza Trio, 311 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903 401-521-3333
  • 10.22 8p The Packing House 156 River Road, Suite 1301, Willington, CT, 06279  518-791-9474

Upcoming Kristen Lee Sergeant 

  • 10.27  6-7:15p Birdland Jazz ClubKristen Lee Sergeant “Inside Out” CD Release, Featuring: David Budway – Piano, MD, Chris Smith - Bass, Donald Edwards – drums, Ted Nash - Reeds; 315 West 44th St., New York, NY 10036   

"Before proceeding, a word about the name of this admirable quartet: AGNZ (jazz from A to Z?) comprises the first letter in the last names of its four members—guitarist Jay Azzolina, tenor saxophonist Dino Govoni, drummer Adam Nussbaumand bassist Dave Zinno. It further denotes, presumably, a certain level of parity, a selflessness and camaraderie among equals in which the sum of their efforts is always more decisive than its component parts. 

Chance Meeting, the group's first recording together, isn't arbitrarily named; its genesis was indeed a chance meeting between Zinno and Nussbaum (touring in Italy) after which Nussbaum suggested that the bassist get in touch with a friend, guitarist Azzolina, who lived near Zinno in Rhode Island. After landing a gig in Providence, Zinno and Azzolina invited Nussbaum and Govoni to make it a quartet, which led ultimately to this album, in which they pay implicit tribute to someone they all loved and admired, the late tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker

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