Noah Schenker & Friends, Jazz Trio
We welcome this fantastic jazz trio to the Garden Gate 'In the Studio' series.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Noah Schenker is an experienced and accomplished double-bassist. Working primarily as a sideman, he delivers a big "old-school" sound, melodic bass lines and a naturally grooving swing.
Noah has been playing music from the age of 8, and has always been a self-directed musician. From 1989-1990 Noah attended The New School for Social Research's Jazz Studies program in New York City, where he studied alongside such contemporary stars as Brad Mehldau, Chris Potter, Larry Goldings and Peter Bernstein. He received personal bass instruction from the great Cecil McBee, and also studied with Kenny Werner, Reggie Workman, Billy Harper, Barry Harris and many other giants of jazz.
Over the years Noah has performed with many Bay Area stars, including Mark Levine, Harvey Wainapel, Madeline Eastman, Lavay Smith and her Red-Hot Skillet Lickers, Frank Jackson, Jason Myers, Debbie Poryes to name but a few. He also spent a number of years living in Finland, where he performed with that countries radio big band, UMO, as well as many exciting Finnish jazz artists. Noah is currently a regular member of the Pocket Trio with pianist Ben Stolorow and drummer Surya Prakasha.
Born and raised in Buffalo,New York, Matthew holds a BA in Jazz Studies from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Highly regarded as a pianist and arranger, he has worked extensively in those capacities having performed and/or recorded with such jazz luminaries as Bobby Hutcherson, Benny Golson, Eddie Marshall, Steve Turre, John Faddis, David "Fathead" Newman, Gene Bertoncini, Joshua Redman, and the late Tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards.
He has toured extensively throughout Asia, Europe and the United States including appearances at the Monterey,San Francisco, Vienne, Big Sur, Stanford, and Rochester jazz festivals in addition to televised performances for CNN Showbiz Today and numerous PBS specials.
Though recognized primarily for his tasteful soloing and supportive accompaniment, Matthew is also a respected clinician having worked as a lecturer in jazz history and ensemble instructor at the Stanford, Oaktown and Cazadero Jazz workshops.
Jazz guitarist Jeffrey Burr is possessed of a "unique sound and a pianistic chordal approach you don't hear very often," according to guitar legend Kenny Burrell. Since the very beginning, Jeffrey has been on his own path. At the outset, he followed his early affinity for the horn players of the bebop era, rather than the great guitarists. As a young man walking among giants in NYC, he came under the influence of pianists such as Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner, and encountered considerable success in broadening the harmonic texture of his playing without resorting to the sort of premeditated arranging that is ordinarily the basis of "chord melody" guitar style. Since that time Jeffrey has been continually refining these tools, using them to integrate himself ever more deeply within the rhythm section, and within the song. The fresh, compelling voice that has resulted is evident on two self-produced releases: a collection of solo guitar performances entitled "By Myself", and a trio recording featuring young lions Ari Hoenig and John Hebert, called "Bright Blue".
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