The Andy Laverne Piano-Organ Trio

New York City: Baruch College (The City University of New York) will host prolific recording artist (pianist/composer/arranger) Andy LaVerne and the Andy LaVerne Piano-Organ Trio March 10, 2005, as part of the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives concert series, now completing its 13th season.

Andy LaVerne Trio

The performance will take place in Engelman Recital Hall, in Baruch’s Vertical Campus at 55 Lexington Avenue. The concert begins at 1 p.m. It is free and open to the general public and Baruch students, faculty and administration.

This concert–organized by the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Committee–is funded by the Baruch College Performing Arts Cennter and The Baruch College Fund.

Andy LaVerne Background

The list of musicians jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Andy LaVerne has worked with reads like a Who's Who in jazz: Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Lionel Hampton, Michael Brecker, Elvin Jones, and many others.

A prolific recording artist, his projects as a leader number over 50, the most recent are: Intuition, a duo with saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi (SteepleChase), and Epiphany, a collection of Andy’s newest compositions (ClaveBop).

Andy is a frequent contributor (since 1986) to Keyboard Magazine, and Piano Today Magazine. His articles have also appeared in Down Beat, Jazz Improv, Piano Quarterly, Jazz and Keyboard Workshop, and JazzOne.

Andy is the recipient of five Jazz Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and winner of the 2000 John Lennon Songwriting contest for his tune “Shania.” He has appeared at concerts, festivals, and clubs throughout the world, and has given clinics and Master classes at universities, colleges, and conservatories worldwide. Recently he toured and recorded with legendary singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka. LaVerne is Professor of Jazz Piano at The Hartt School (University of Hartford), and on the faculty of the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops.

Since basing himself in New York City in 2002, pianist, organist, and accordionist Gary Versace has quickly become one of the busiest and most versatile musicians on the scene, often featured in bands led by such composers as Maria Schneider, John Abercrombie, Chris Potter and many others. In 1999, Versace performed in a two-piano recital with the legendary Marian McPartland. He also appeared on her acclaimed National Public Radio program “Piano Jazz.” Gary was a tenured associate professor in the jazz department at the University of Oregon and has a master’s degree in jazz performance from the Eastman School of Music.

Drummer Danny Gottlieb is one of the most popular drummers in jazz and contemporary music. While best known as the drummer in the original Pat Metheny Group, Danny in the last 25 years has performed and recorded with some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians. Here’s a partial list: Gary Burton Quartet, Stan Getz Quintet, Gil Evans Orchestra, Bobby McFerrin Trio, Eddie Gomez Group, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Randy Brecker Quartet, Blues Brothers Band, Bobby Rydell, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra. Danny has also performed or recorded with: Sting, David Byrne, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Jim Hall, Wayne Shorter, Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid, Branford Marsalis, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, and Clark Terry. Danny appears on over 300 CDs, including five Grammy winners.

The Hinton Series

The inaugural Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives concert in 1992 starred jazz bassist Milt Hinton himself together with his picks for an “All-Star” ensemble: Seldon Powell (saxophonist), Bob Rosengarden (Drums), Mike Walters (saxophone and woodwinds), Derek Smith (piano), Jay D'Amico (piano), Mike Grey (trombone), and John "Bucky" Pizzarelli (guitar). This magical first concert saw famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis join the group during the second half.

The following year Tito Puente and his big band also played to a full house with some students and faculty dancing in the aisles. In 1994 the concert was billed as a “Tribute to Women in Jazz” and featured a performance by singer Ruth Brown and Friends and the group Straight Ahead. In 1995 trombonist extraordinaire Slide Hampton and the Big Band Bird filled the bill for the fourth annual concert.

In 1996 America’s jazz statesman Dr. Billy Taylor and the Billy Taylor Trio graced the Baruch College stage. In 1997 Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band gave a performance that offered a unique blend of Latin and jazz traditions. The 1998 concert presented virtuoso drummer Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Big Band.

The world famous Mingus Big Band played at the 8th annual concert in 1999. The Bronx Horns, consisting of Tito Puente’s brass section, together with Dave Valentin (flute) and Randy Brecker (trumpet), performed at the 9th annual concert in 2000. In 2001, The Heath Brothers (Percy, Jimmy, and Tootie) with special guest Jimmy Owens, performed at the 10th annual concert.

In 2002 (season #11) the Hinton Committee expanded its offerings with a series of concerts, including a November 6, 2002 concert featuring “The Latin-Jazz All Stars” with several world-renown Latin-jazz musicians: trumpeter/leader Michael Mossman, tenor saxophonist David Sanchez, trombonist Steve Turre, pianist Arturo O’Farrill, alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, bassist Andy Gonzalez, and percussionist Phoenix Rivera. The 2002-2003 season also featured the Marty Sheller Big Band, Chris Washburne’s SYOTOS Latin-Jazz ensemble, and “Rumbamerica,” an Afro-Cuban ensemble made up of some of New York’s top Afro-Cuban drummers, singers, and dancers. The 2003-2004 season featured the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the “Sax in the City” quartet, the Ted Piltzecker Septet, and the Roberta Piket Trio.

As in the last two years, for the 2004-2005 season the Hinton committee has organized a series of concerts starting with the November 4, 2004 performance of the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Arturo O’Farrill. Dikki Du and the Zydeco Crew performed in the lobby of the vertical campus in early December 2004. On February 10, 2005 Grammy-nominated vocalist Carla Cook appeared in Baruch’s Engelman Recital Hall venue.

For further information contact:
Eugene Marlow, Baruch College

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