November 2007

The Rotunda4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: Free Admission
Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bern Nix Trio

Bern Nix, el. guitar
Francois Grillot, bass
Jackson Krall, drums

Please join Ars Nova Workshop for this very rare double-header featuring the groups of guitarists Bern Nix and Charlie Ellerbee, known for their work together in Ornette Coleman's Prime Time band, including the recordings Dancing In Your Head, In All Languages, Body Meta, and Of Human Feelings.

Bern Nix has played the guitar since the age of 11. Bern studied music and graduated with a degree in music education from the Berklee College of Music. Since 1985, he has led The Bern Nix Trio. Before leading his Trio, Bern performed and recorded with Ornette Coleman from 1975 to 1987 as an original member of the Prime Time Band. The Prime Time Band recorded six albums including Dancing in Your Head, Of Human Feelings and Body Meta and performed hundreds of concerts around the world.

The Bern Nix Trios first recording, Alarms and Excursions (New World Records) was released in 1993, making many top ten lists. Bern has performed with artists such as, Ornette Coleman, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp, Jemeel Moondoc, Ronald Shannon Jackson, James Chance, Jayne Cortez and Kip Hanrahan. Hailed as one of the greatest jazz guitarists of our time, Bern was voted among the top ten jazz guitarists poll by Down Beat. Most recently, Bern composed and recorded the score for the feature length documentary, A James Lord Portrait. Bern has a solo album coming out this fall on Tompkins Square Records.

Charles Ellerbee Ensemble
Charles Ellerbee, el. guitar
Ruben Henderson, saxophones
Harold Watkins, trombone
Adam Mizelle, bass
Tony Cosby, percussion
Anthony Matthews, drums

Charles Ellerbee is most known for his work with Ornette Coleman's jazz-rock fusion band, Prime Time, with whom he also record several albums. He has performed on numerous occasions with Philadelphia musicians Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Calvin Weston.