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Venue:
Johnny Brenda's1201 N. Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125 Map
http://www.johnnybrendas.com
Price: $12 General Admission
Sponsored by:
Friday, November 6, 2009 - 8:00pm

Millennial Territory Orchestra performs Don Cherry's "Relativity Suite"

Composer Portrait: Don Cherry

Steven Bernstein, trumpet + slide trumpet
Curtis Fowlkes, trombone
Charlie Burnham, violin
Doug Wieselman, clarinet + tenor saxphone
Tony Malaby, tenor + soprano saxophone
Erik Lawrence, baritone + soprano saxophone
Matt Munisteri, guitar + banjo
Brad Jones, bass
Ben Perowsky, drums

Acclaimed slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein will lead his Millennial Territory Orchestra (in celebration of their 10th anniversary) through a performance of Don Cherry's ambitious "Relativity Suite," which was commissioned by the Jazz Composer's Orchestra Association 40 years earlier and recorded on Valentine's Day in 1973.  The composition is an ambitious blend of free jazz, Indian drones, Chinese ballads, orchestral grandeur and primal chants. This will mark the ensemble's second performance of this rarely heard work (still unreleased on CD).  Masters of interpreting early jazz standards, Bernstein and Millennial Territory Orchestra seek to present a more coherent and organized interpretation of this sprawling epic.

For over two decades Steven Bernstein has been a major contributor in New York's downtown scene, beginning with his performances in Carla Bley's Very Big Band. Soon after, Bernstein begun working with Don Byron, Medeski, Martin And Wood (on 1993's It's A Jungle In Here), the New York Composers Orchestra and John Zorn. As a sideman, he participated in sessions with John Lurie's Lounge Lizards and David Berger's big band.  In collaboration with multi-media producer Hal Willner, he worked on Robert Altman's Kansas City (1996).  Bernstein is a member of the Levon Helm Band and composed arrangements for Bill Frisell's Grammy awarded 2004 recording Unspeakable, as well as for artists such as Sam Rivers, Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, Darlene Love and Elton John. In addition, Bernstein formed the experimental group Spanish Fly with tuba player Marcus Rojas and slide guitarist David Tronzo, and in the mid-90s formed the acclaimed quartet Sex Mob (with Briggan Krauss, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollensen) in addition to leading the Millennial Territory Orchestra and Diaspora Soul. Bernstein draws upon music from all eras of jazz - melding musical concepts of the 1920s with contemporary sensibilities, while bringing into play traditional Jewish music, contemporary pop and film music.

DJ hi-res

DJ hi-res will be spinning classic jazz and breaks with a special focus on the Ornette Coleman Quartet and plenty of other Cherry-related material from the 60s and 70s.