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Venue:
The Rotunda4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 Map
http://www.therotunda.org/about/
Price: Free Admission
Monday, November 2, 2009 - 8:00pm

Taylor Ho Bynum-John Hebert-Gerald Cleaver Trio

Taylor Ho Bynum, cornet + various brass
John Hebert, bass
Gerald Cleaver, drums

This new co-operative trio brings together three artists who have developed strikingly individual voices on their respective instruments, both in their own music as leaders and as key collaborators with some of the most innovative musicians of the past fifty years, such as Anthony Braxton, Andrew Hill, and Roscoe Mitchell. The intimacy of the trio setting allows them to explore all aspects of their varied musical ideas, with composition and improvisation, sound and silence, propulsion and stasis, and structure and abstraction all sharing space in the mix.

Taylor Ho Bynum is a performer on cornet and various brass instruments, as well as a composer, bandleader, and interdisciplinary collaborator with artists in dance, film, and theater. Bynum presently leads his Trio, his Sextet, the eight-piece ensemble SpiderMonkey Strings, and co-leads the 10-piece ensemble Positive Catastrophe, in addition to a variety of collaborative projects. His ensembles have been featured at festivals and concerts throughout Europe and North America. Recent CDs include Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths with his sextet (described as the “best new release of 2008” by All About Jazz New York); Positive Catastrophe’s Garabatos Volume One; and Madeleine Dreams with SpiderMonkey Strings. In addition to his own groups, Bynum regularly performs with some of the most innovative figures in creative music, including Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, Bill Lowe, Jason Kao Hwang, Joe Morris, Mary Halvorson, and the Fully Celebrated Orchestra, among many others. Bynum is also deeply involved with the arts community as an educator, writer, organizer, and producer.

John Hebert, bassist, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. After two years of studying at Loyola University and performing with many of New Orleans greatest musicians, he moved to the New York tri-state area to attend William Paterson University. Since that time John has lived in New York City and has become a highly in-demand bassist. From 2001 until Andrew Hill’s passing in 2007, John worked with Mr. Hill in various ensembles, and is featured on his last Blue Note release, Time Lines, which was awarded “Record of the Year” by Downbeat’s Jazz Critics Poll in 2006. He has also performed with such artists as Lee Konitz, Paul Bley, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Motian, David Liebman, Uri Caine, Greg Osby, Bill Stewart, Marc Copland, Fred Hersch, Maria Schneider, and is regularly mentioned in Downbeat’s Critic’s Poll as a “Rising Star Acoustic Bassist”. He also leads his own group, Byzantine Monkey, and his first CD as a leader was released in June 2009 on the Firehouse 12 label.

Drummer Gerald Cleaver, born and raised in Detroit, is a product of the city’s rich musical tradition. He has performed or recorded with a wide variety of artists: Roscoe Mitchell, Tommy Flanagan, Matt Shipp, William Parker, Eddie Harris, Kevin Mahogany, Charles Gayle, Ralph Alessi, Jacky Terrasson, Muhal Richard Abrams, Dave Douglas, Tim Berne, Jeremy Pelt, David Torn, and Miroslav Vitous, among others. His 2001 recording Adjust (Fresh Sound New Talent) was nominated in the Best Debut Recording category by the Jazz Journalists Association. Gerald Cleaver's Detroit (FSNT), is an homage to his hometown and to the late, great Detroit drummers Roy Brooks, Lawrence Williams, George Goldsmith and Richard "Pistol" Allen. Cleaver currently leads the bands Violet Hour, NiMbNI, Uncle June, and Farmers By Nature with Craig Taborn and William Parker.