Iris Ornig Quartet
Bassist & composer Iris Ornig is one of the most original female voices on today's New York jazz scene. Since her arrival in New York City in 2003 from Germany, she has played with an impressive roster of some of the most influential contemporary jazz musicians in New York, including Gretchen Parlato, Ambrose Akinmusire, Joel Frahm, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Michael Rodriguez, Rebecca Martin, Allison Miller, Sachal Vasandani, Helen Sung, Marcus Gilmore, and Dan Tepfer, among others.
Ornig is a gifted instrumentalist, talented composer and arranger, and a charismatic performer. Her latest CD, Storyteller, was in the top 10 of the JazzWeek airplay charts for four consecutive weeks this year.
Ornigs music has captivated listeners around the world with its unique sound. She successfully combines European tradition with the extended chord structures of modern jazz, blues inflections, improvised "riffs", swing rhythms, and call and response. The result is hybrid & fascinating, with plenty of surprises. You can hear her quintet on a regular basis at the 55 Bar jazz club in the West Village or at Jazz at Kitano in New York City.
Tonights band features Lynn Grissett on trumpet, Jonathan Markow on piano, and Kobie Watkins on drums.
"LOVE THIS RECORD 'Storyteller', especially all the twists and turns, surprise beginnings and endings, conversations amongst your characters... All essential elements of any good story told. Nine engaging tales here." - Gary Walker, WBGO
I love Iris Ornig's music. Iris is one talented artist. She has produced the album and has written all the songs. Usually that's a recipe for disaster with many artists. But with Iris, she knows exactly what she's doing. Jazz Wax - Marc Myers
Taking jazz on a special journey here, her crème can't help but to rise to the top of the real jazz world. A totally tasty treat, this set is a high water mark for current listening dates out to set new standards. Hot stuff. Midwest Record - Chris Spector
Iris is an icon to keep an eye on. If there were only 10 future females of jazz, we'd be happy with Iris on bass, thanks. - All About Jazz - Fiona Ord-Shrimpton
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