December 2010

International House3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Sunday, December 12, 2010 - 8:00pm

Mario Pavone's Orange Double Tenor

70th Birthday Celebration

Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone
Marty Ehrlich, tenor saxophone
Dave Ballou, trumpet
Peter Madsen, piano
Mario Pavone, bass + compositions
Gerald Cleaver, drums

"Pavone's agreeable music should hold appeal for listeners of both inside and outside persuasions, from those enamored of hard bop and post bop through to those favoring more open-ended styles of jazz exploration." - Dave Lynch, All Music Guide

Please join Ars Nova Workshop for this special performance by Mario Pavone's Orange Double Tenor.  This ensemble will be performing their latest work, Arc Suite T/Pi T/Po, which was commissioned by Chamber Music America's 2009 Jazz Works.  The sextet debuted the compositions in early June, 2010 and Playscape Recordings will release them in November to celebrate Pavone's 70th birthday.  This is Pavone's first Philadelphia performance in 15 years!

Born in Connecticut in 1939, bassist Mario Pavone began his illustrious music career when, after John Coltrane's death in 1967, he decided to abandon his day job and pursue music full-time.  Throughout his career he has worked with Bill Dixon, Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Marty Ehrlich, Peter Madsen, Archie Shepp, Mark Helias, Tony Malaby, Joshus Redman, Craig Taborn, Barry Altschul, and many others.  He was deeply involved in the 1970s loft scene, and in 1975 was a founding member of the Creative Music Improvisers Forum.  Beginning in 1980, and for almost the next 20 years, he worked heavily with Thomas Chapin.  He has recorded 14 discs as a group leader, and has appeared on dozens of others, including Braxton's Nine Duets, Bill Dixon's Son of Sisyphus, and Creative Improvisers Orchestra's The Sky Cries The Blues.  In addition to his Orange Double Tenor group, he also plays with Quartet ARC, Mario Pavone Tenor Trio, Mario Pavone Trio, and Totem.

Saxophonist Tony Malaby has worked with Charlie Haden's Liberation Orchestra, Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Mark Helias' Open Loose, Fred Hersch, Michel Portal's Birdwatcher, Tim Berne, Chris Lightcap, Angelica Sanchez, Marty Ehrlich, Tom Rainey, Mike Sarin, Fred Lonberg-Holm, John Hollenbeck, William Parker, Nasheet Waits, and many others.  His debut release as a group leader, 2000's Sabino, appeared on the top ten year end lists for The New York Times and Philadelphia City Paper.  He has since released 6 more albums that have received praise from critics and his most recent, Voladores, was released by Clean Feed.  His current projects include Apparitions (with Gress, Rainey, and Sarin), The Tony Malaby Cello Trio (with Lonberg-Holm and Hollenbeck), Paloma Recio (with Ben Monder, Elvind Opsvik, and Waits), and Tamarindo (with Parker and Waits).  He also works with the Malaby-Sanchez-Rainey Trio.

Marty Ehrlich studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with Jaki Byard, George Russell, and Joe Maneri, and has performed with many of the top contemporary composers in jazz and experimental music, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, Andrew Cyrille, John Zorn, and Andrew Hill.  He has appeared on over 125 recordings, has received many commissioning grants, and currently teaches music at Hampshire College.  His most recent recording as a group leader, Fables, was released in late-August 2010 and is part of Tzadik's Radical Jewish Culture series.

Pianist Peter Madsen has worked with Stan Getz, Dewey Redman, Don Cherry, Bill Frisell, Michael Sarin, The Mingus Big Band, Fred Ho's Afro-Asian Music Ensemble, Tony Allen, and many others.  He has appeared on over 100 recordings, and has released dozens of albums as a group leader.  His most recent recording, 2010's The Lichtenfield Suite on Playscape, features Gerald Cleaver and Andy McKee.  He also leads a large ensemble called the Collective of Improvising Artists that performs musics from around the world.  They recently performed one of his arrangements of a Sun Ra suite.

Composer and trumpeter Dave Ballou has performed and/or recorded with Kevin Norton, Andrew Hill, Dave Liebman, Oliver Lake, Steely Dan, Herb Roberton, Drew Gress, Tom Rainey, Tony Malaby, John Hollenbeck, Mario Pavone, Karl Berger, Daniel Levin, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Spokane Symphony and many others.  He currently teaches music at Towson University.  He has released 9 albums as a group leader or co-leader, and his latest album is a collection of solo trumpet pieces titled Samskara.

Gerald Cleaver, born in Detroit in 1963, began playing drums, trumpet, and violin at an early age.  In his teens, he played with Ali Muhammad Jackson, Lamont Hilton, Earl Van Riper, and Pancho Hagood.  He earned a BA in music education from University of Michigan and, while there, won a National Endowment For The Arts Jazz Study Fellowship, which led to him study with Victor Lewis.  Upon graduation he taught in the music department at both his alma mater and Michigan State University.  Over the years he has worked with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Hank Jones, Matthew Shipp, Reggie Workman, Joe Morris, William Parker, and Ralph Alessi, to name only a few.  In 2002, Cleaver's Veil of Names group, featuring Mat Maneri, Ben Monder, Andrew Bishop, Craig Taborn, and Reid Anderson, received a Best Debut Recording nomination from the Jazz Journalists Association for their album Adjust.  In addition to his many other projects, Cleaver continues to work as a band leader with Uncle June, Violet Hour, and Farmer By Nature.