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Venue:
Johnny Brenda's1201 N. Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA Map
http://www.johnnybrendas.com
Price: $10 General Admission
Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 8:00pm

Cuong Vu Quartet

Cuong Vu, trumpet
Stomu Takeishi, bass
Luke Bergman, bass
Ted Poor, drums

Cuong Vu is widely recognized by jazz critics as a leader of a generation of innovative musicians. A truly unique musical voice, Cuong has lent his trumpet playing talents to a wide range of artists including Pat Metheny, Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Dave Douglas, Myra Melford, Cibo Matto, Mitchell Froom, and Chris Speed.

Since moving to New York in 1994, Cuong has been actively leading various groups, most notably his trio with Stomu Takeishi (bass) and Ted Poor (drums) and has toured extensively throughout the world while giving clinics and masterclasses throughout the US and Europe. As a leader, Cuong has released four recordings, "Bound" (OmniTone), "Pure" (Knitting Factory Records), "Come Play With Me" (Knitting Factory Records) and "It's Mostly Residual" (ArtistShare) to critical acclaim, with each one having been considered among the best recordings of their respective years. Each record displays how he has carved out a distinctive sonic territory on the trumpet while blurring all stylistic borders.

Cuong was born on September 19, 1969 in Saigon, Vietnam. He immigrated to Seattle at the age of 6 and began playing the trumpet at the age of 11. His intense dedication and love for music led him to a full scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz studies with a distinction in performance. A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Cuong was awarded the Colbert Award for Excellence: The Downtown Arts Project Emerging Artist Award. In 2002 and 2006, Cuong was a recipient of the Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album as a member of the Pat Metheny Group. He's been recognized as one of the top 50 young Jazz Artists in an article called "The New Masters" from the British magazine, "Classic CD" and in 2006 was named the Best International Jazz Artist by the Italian Jazz Critics' Society. Cuong has recently joined the faculty of the University of Washington's School of Music as an assistant professor of jazz studies and is a "Yamaha Performing Artist". Cuong plays the Yamaha Custom YTR8310Z trumpet.

Planet-Y
Yanni Papadopoulos, dg-20 Casio digital guitar
Charles Cohen, Buchla Music Easel

This evening will also feature a very rare appearance from Planet-Y - Buchla Music Easel master Charles Cohen and Stinking Lizaveta’s Yanni Papadopoulos, best described as "Subotnick meets Sun Ra meets Schnitzler.” (Aquarius Records)