Mon, June 19, 2017
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2017-06-19 7:00 pm
Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road With Ehud Asherie at The Falcon
Clarinet crusader Evan Christopher teams up with stride-piano master Ehud Asherie. This acclaimed New Orleans-Harlem duo celebrates piano-playing composers from Jelly-Roll Morton to Bud Powell.
“...a triumph, joining the present seamlessly to a glorious past.” - The Observer, UK
Anchored in the musical vocabulary created by early Creole clarinetists such as Sidney Bechet, Omer Simeon, and Barney Bigard, Evan Christopher has created a highly personal brand of “contemporary early-jazz” that strives to extend the legacy of this unique clarinet style.
Christopher was drawn to New Orleans from his native California in 1994 by the rich musical landscape in the birthplace of Jazz. His highly personal style and intimate approach prompted The New York Times to coin it as “close-encounter music.”
Besides touring across the U.S., Europe, and Japan with his own groups, Christopher tours worldwide, and enjoys a prominent career as a featured soloist with the Grammy-Award-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, among others. His numerous recordings include his own Clarinet Road series and projects with jazz legends such as Dick Hyman and Bucky Pizzarelli. The second recording by his group, Django a la Creole, Finesse, was the #1 Jazz CD of 2010 in The Times UK.
Ehud Asherie, "a master of swing and stride" (The New Yorker), integrates the venerable New York piano tradition into his inventive style. Largely self-taught, or rather, “old-schooled,” Asherie learned the ropes at Smalls Jazz club in Greenwich Village, spending the wee small hours of his early teens becoming a fixture of the late-night jam sessions. Mentored by the late Frank Hewitt, Ehud began to develop “his virtuosity and his ear for clean, crisp lines“ (The Star-Ledger). From Smalls to the Rainbow Room, from Lincoln Center to The Village Vanguard, Asherie has worked with a broad range of musicians including: Peter Bernstein, Vince Giordano, Wycliffe Gordon, Scott Hamilton, Catherine Russell, and Clark Terry.
The Falcon, 1348 Rte 9w