Tim Armacost - tenor saxophone
David Berkman - piano,
Daiki Yasukagawa - double bass
Gene Jackson – drums
The New Straight Ahead “NYSQ”
(Whirlwind Recordings WR4654)
US Street Date August 19, 2014
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US Tour, November, 2014
Our US tour in support of our new record.
Nov 1 Smalls Jazz Club NYC
NYC record release party for The New Straight Ahead
Smalls Jazz Club, 183 W.10th Street NYC
New York Standards Quartet
Tim Armacost (sax)
David Berkman (piano)
Michael Janisch (bass)
Gene Jackson (drums)
Sets at 7:30 and 9 pm
Nov 7 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Nov 8 Walton Arts Center Fayetteville, AK, USA
Nov 9 Sundays @ Murry’s Jazz Series Columbia, MO
more dates soon!
By radically redesigning familiar songs, NYSQ offers listeners an entry point to the music it presents, while simultaneously generating the creative energy that comes from exploring new territory.
NYSQ is a band that has stayed together for 8 years, during the most tumultuous period in the history of the recording business. During that time, the group has toured two to four times a year in the US, Europe and Japan, and this disc is its fourth release. NYSQ was born after a weekend at Smalls Jazz Club revealed that its members shared a love for playing standards, and a hunger to reinterpret them in ways that tapped the creativity of the contemporary jazz language of
New York City in the 21st century.
Tim Armacost (saxes and flute): Performances with New York Standards Quartet Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, Al Foster, Billy Hart, Jimmy Cobb and many others. He has eight critically acclaimed recordings as a leader and recently was
commissioned by Wynton Marsalis to write a piece for the Lincoln Center Orchestra.
David Berkman (piano): Performances with Brian Blade, Sonny Stitt, Tom Harrell, the Vanguard Orchestra, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas and countless others. He is an award winning (Chamber Music America: New Works Grant) composer/pianist whose seven records as a leader have appeared on numerous "Best of the Year" lists. He is the author of three books on Jazz on Sher Music Publishing including, "The Jazz Harmony Book" (2014) and is an Associate Professor at Queens College in New York.
Daiki Yasukagawa (double bass). Performances with Eddie Henderson and Marlena Shaw, as well as being an omnipresent figure on Japanese jazz recordings. Also is noted for releasing a significant solo bass record titled, “Voyage”. A consistent poll winner in Japan.
Gene Jackson (drums). Spent nine years as a member of Herbie Hancock's trio and since then has worked with nearly every major jazz figure of the last 25 years including Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, Ron Carter, The Mingus Big Band and Branford Marsalis, to name a few.