December 2007

Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall (University of Pennsylvania)3417 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: Free Admission
Monday, October 22, 2007 - 8:00pm

Burton Greene Trio

Burton Greene, piano
Ed Schuller, double-bass
George Schuller, drums

Burton Greene figured prominently in New York's free jazz movement of the 1960s, performing with such major figures as Marion Brown, Sam Rivers, Gato Barbieri, Albert Ayler and Alan Silva. As a child, Greene studied classical music at the Fine Arts Academy in Chicago, and from 1956-1958 he studied jazz with Dick Marx. Greene moved to New York in the early 1960s, as the city's free jazz movement was gathering momentum. There, he formed the Free Form Improvisation Ensemble with Silva in 1963 - reputedly one of the first groups devoted to playing a wholly improvised music. In 1964, he joined the Jazz Composer's Guild with Bill Dixon, Paul Bley, Archie Shepp, Sun Ra, Carla Bley, Cecil Taylor and Roswell Rudd. During the mid-1960s, he recorded for the ESP-Disk label as a leader, before moving to the Netherlands in 1969. Greene became something of a journeyman, performing all over Europe while maintaining a residence on a houseboat in Amsterdam. He recorded intermittently in the 1970s and 1980s, and became one of the few free jazz musicians to experiment with synthesizers.He's played solo and led various bands of unusual instrumentation.  A recent project is aklezmer group called Klez-Jazz, which features clarinetist Perry Robinson.

Since picking up the acoustic bass at age 15, Ed Schuller's musical path has taken him to touring the five continents and recording more than 100 LPs and CDs as a sideman and 7 as a leader of his own bands. He has worked with Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Joe Lovano, Jim Pepper, Mal Waldron, Ran Blake, Gary Bartz, Tim Berne, Gerry Hemingway, Gunter Hampel, Perry Robinson, The Mingus Epitaph Orchestra, Steve Lacy, the late Jeanne Lee, Mat and Joe Maneri, the Schulldogs, his father Gunther Schuller and a host of others. His latest production is Ong Song, a solo bass CD released on GM Recordings.

George Schuller has released several albums as a leader including the latest entitled Round'bout Now (Dec. 2003) featuring Ingrid Jensen and Donny McCaslin and JigSaw (May 2004) with Mark Feldman and Tony Malaby. Schuller leads the Schulldogs which includes bassist Ed Schuller along with Herb Robertson and Rich Perry. Schuller appears on Joe Lovano's Rush Hour (Blue Note) and has also recorded and/or produced CDs with Orange Then Blue, Ran Blake, Tom Varner, Conference Call, Luciana Souza, Bill DeArango, Mike Musillami Trio, Ballin' The Jack, Mili Bermejo, Free Range Rat, Heather Bennett, Miles Donahue and Gunther Schuller. Since the early 1980s, he has performed with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lee Konitz, Nnenna Freelon, Jaki Byard, Dave Douglas, George Adams, Fred Hersch, Tim Berne, Mose Allison, among many others.