February 2007

Community Education Center3500 Lancaster Avenue
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Wednesday, December 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Ben Goldberg Quintet

Ben Goldberg, clarinet
Rob Sudduth, tenor saxophone
Carla Kihlstedt, violin
Trevor Dunn, bass
Ches Smith, drums

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg grew up in Denver, Colorado and currently lives in Berkeley, California. He was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo, and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. Goldberg’s group New Klezmer Trio took a slightly different view of the klezmer tradition. Their CD Masks and Faces was listed as one of the ten best recordings of 1992 by Cadence magazine, and as The San Francisco Chronicle noted, it "kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music." Masks and Faces and Melt Zonk Rewire, as well as the group's third CD Short for Something, are on the Tzadik label. Ben's other recordings include: a record of duets with Kenny Wollesen, The Relative Value of Things (33 1⁄4 Records), two records by Junk Genius (with John Schott, Trevor Dunn, and Wollesen), Junk Genius (Knitting Factory Works), an examination of the bebop repertoire and Ghost of Electricity (Songlines) which deals with aspects of American folk music, Light at the Crossroads (Songlines) with Marty Ehrlich, Here By Now (Music and Arts), What Comes Before (Tzadik), reflections on post-tonal harmonic structures with John Schott and Michael Sarin, and Twelve Minor (Avant), compositions for sextet featuring Miya Masaoka. Goldberg is currently planning a record of new compositions for solo clarinet.

In addition to leading his own quintet, Ben Goldberg currently performs with Carla Kihlstedt, Mark Orton, Zeena Parkins and Ara Anderson in the group Tin Hat, in [plays monk], a trio with Scott Amendola and Devin Hoff, with the Graham Connah Group, and with John Schott’s Typical Orchestra. In 1993 Goldberg received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to present a series featuring the work of important American composers, allowing him to work with Andrew Hill and Bobby Bradford in concerts of their compositions, as well as presenting the music of Steve Lacy, Herbie Nichols, and Thelonious Monk. In 1996 the NEA funded a concert series of Goldberg’s own music. In addition to Mr. Bradford and Mr. Hill, he has been honored to work with, among others, John Zorn, Vijay Iyer, Cecil Taylor, Roswell Rudd and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline. Goldberg is featured on Cline’s upcoming Cryptogramohone album, New Monastary: A View into the Music of Andrew Hill.

Paul Dunmall / Tony Levin / Paul Rogers
Paul Dunmall, tenor saxophone
Paul Rogers, bass
Tony Levin , drums

Reed player Paul Dunmall was born in 1953 in Welling, England. Described by the Guiness Who’s Who in Jazz as “A powerful player often cited as the cream of British saxophonists,” Dunmall was classically trained on clarinet and also plays bagpipes and other wind instruments. Since beginning his professional career in Marsupilani in 1969 and joining Guru Maharaj Ji’s Divine Light Mission, Dunmall has worked with countless musicians including Richard Thompson, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Alice Coltrane, Elton Dean, Evan Parker, The London Jazz Composer's Orchestra, British Saxophone Quartet, Simon Picard, Paul Rutherford, and many more.

He has released a staggering number of recordings on Slam, EMI, Intakt, FMP, HatArt, Cadence, Rare Music, Cuneiform, and other labels, and in 1999, he founded the limited edition label DUNS to further faciliate his prodigious recorded output. In addition to his work in Mujician, Dunmall leads The Paul Dunmall Octet, which includes all members of Mujician and has released two CDs on Cuneiform:  Be-bop Starburst (1999) and The Great Divide (2001). He also leads the Paul Dunmall Moksha Big Band, a 14 piece big band whose recording, I Wish You Peace, was sponsored by the BBC in honor of Dunmall’s 50th birthday and released in 2004 by Cuneiform.

Percussionist Tony Levin, described as “one of the UK’s top drummers…equally adept in both wholly improvised and straight ahead jazz” by The Rough Guide to Jazz, was born in 1940 in Shropshire, England. Self-taught, he began his jazz career in mid-50s Birmingham, playing with such Londoners as Ronnie Scott, Joe Harriott, Peter King, Dick Morrissey and Don Rendall. He joined Tubby Hayes’ quartet in 1966, recording on 2 albums, and played with Art Farmer, Johnny Griffin, Joe Henderson, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy, Humphrey Littleton, Hank Mobley, Red Rodney, Zoot Sims, and vocalists John Hendricks and Annie Ross.

He has performed and/or recorded with numerous artists, including Gordon Beck, Nucleus, John Surman, John Taylor, Third Eye, Kenny Wheeler, Andy Sheppard, Jerry Underwood, The European Jazz Ensemble, Gerd Dudek and others, and worked on numerous projects with Alan Skidmore (recording TCB on Phillips), Dunmall, and Rogers. In addition, Levin has led various trios and quartets. In 1994, Levin founded his own label, Rare Music [raremusicrecordings.co.uk], to release new and archival recordings by himself and his circle of musician friends Levin, Dunmall, Rogers, Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Chris Laurence, Julien Siegal, Phil Robson, and Jeremy Brown. Rare Music has released archival recordings by Tubby Hayes Quartet and Joe Harriott.

Bassist Paul Rogers was born in 1956 in Chester, Wales. A self-taught musician, he turned professional upon moving in 1974 to London, where Mike Osborne introduced him to the free jazz scene. He has worked in both improvised and composed contexts with a large number of players including John Stevens, Elton Dean, Mike Osbourne, Alan Skidmore, Harry Becket, Howard Riley, Evan Parker, Dennis Gonzalez, Paul Rutherford, Derek Bailey, Andrew Cyrille, Lol Coxhill, Alex Von Schlippenbach and has worked in numerous groups with Dunmall, Levin and Tippett. Rogers lived in the US for a year, c 1987, playing with Gerry Hemingway, Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, Tom Cora, Tim Berne, Roswell Rudd, and John Zorn, Currently living in France, Rogers collaborates with Michel Doneda and others while recording and playing internationally. Rogers leads his own Quartet and Sextet, and has recently released 2 solo double bass CDs, Heron Moon and Listen.