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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Friday, September 10, 2010 - 8:00pm

Dave Burrell with Sabir Mateen and William Parker

70th Birthday Celebration

Dave Burrell, piano
William Parker, bass
Sabir Mateen, saxophones, clarinets

"Dave Burrell, a consistently insightful pianist who writes engaging melodies (a rare talent)...is a scintillating solo performer." -Gary Giddins, Village Voice

Ars Nova Workshop is excited to present the second of two back-to-back nights for which we will be celebrating the 70th birthday of Dave Burrell, one of the most influential and creative North American jazz pianists.  For this occasion, Burrell will be joined by William Parker and Sabir Mateen!

Dave Burrell was born in Middletown, Ohio on September 10, 1940.  Highly enamored with the blues, jazz, and gospel music of his youth, he went on to study music at the University of Hawaii and Boston's Berklee College of Music.  At the age of 25, and upon completing degrees in composition and performance, he relocated to New York City  and began playing with Sirone and Bobby Kapp in the Untraditional Jazz Improvisational Team and, soon after, with Graham Moncur and Beaver Harris in 360 Degree Music Experience.  His first release as a band leader was 1965's High on Douglas Records, and he has since appeared on over 120 albums, with at least 25 under his own name.  He has performed and/or recorded with Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders, Marion Brown, David Murray, Sunny Murray, Odean Pope, Alan Silva, Takashi Mizuhashi, Patty Waters, Sonny Sharrock, Khan Jamal, Giuseppi Logan, Michael Formanek, Guillermo Brown, Monica Larsson, Hamid Drake, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver, and many more.

In addition to international touring and relentless recording, Burrell has taught classes at Strasbourg Conservatory, Guildhall School of Music & Dance, New York University, Swarthmore College, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, and many other international colleges and universities.  He has also received numerous grants and awards including commissions from Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia Music Foundation, William J. Cooper Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, MidAtlantic Foundation, Pew Fellowship in Jazz Composition, National Endowment for the Arts, John Garcia Gensel Award, and Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts.

His most recent recordings as a band leader were both released in 2006: Consequences (with Billy Martin, Yalitza Ferreras, and Katsuhiko Naito) and Momentum (with Guillermo Brown and Michael Formanek).  Both albums received critical praise and appeared on year-end lists.  His most recent appearance on a recording was for 2010's Tompkins Square release of Giuseppi Logan Quintet, where he played with Logan, Francois Grillot, Warren Smith, and Matt Lavelle.

For these two very special evenings, Burrell will be joined by two contemporaries who have been at the forefront of jazz music since the 1970s, and have worked with Mr. Burrell on numerous occasions over the years.  William Parker has worked with Bill Dixon, Charles Tyler, Rashied Ali, Peter Brötzmann, and Hamid Drake, has released over 25 albums as a band leader and has contributed to dozens more.  Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Sabir Mateen has worked with many of the most forward-thinking jazz artists, including Cecil Taylor, Henry Grimes, and Sunny Murray, and has also performed with Mr. Parker in the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra and Inside The Music of Curtis Mayfield with both Parker and Burrell.