Friday, January 11, 2013

Great Jazz Weekend at The Buttonwood Tree

This weekend The Buttonwood Tree will host two great jazz shows that showcase seasoned performers and will surely leave audiences satisfied.
Saturday mornings are packed with classes to strengthen and nourish your soul and body. Qigong at 7:30, yoga at 8:45 and "Aligned with Source" an empowering and enlightening workshop that starts at 10:30. All are free with various suggested donation levels. Buttonwood events are priced based on the concept of "Pay what you can". 

George Schuller Trio
Dan DeChellis Jazz Trio

George Schuller- drums
Frank Kimbrough- piano
Matt Pavolka- bass

George Schuller (drums, composer, arranger, producer), a native of New York City, moved to Boston in 1967 where he was raised and educated, and later received a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in 1982. For the next twelve years, Schuller was a fixture on the Boston area jazz scene performing with Herb Pomeroy, Jaki Byard, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Mick Goodrick, John Lockwood, Ran Blake, Lisa Thorson, Billy Pierce, Bruce Gertz, Mili Bermejo, John LaPorta, Dominique Eade and Hal Crook.

Over the last two decades, Schuller has also released several albums as a leader including his first CD entitled Lookin Up From Down Below (GM), and two releases with the Schulldogs, Tenor Tantrums (New World) and Hellbent (Playscape). Schuller has also released recordings with Circle Wide Round’bout Now (Playscape) featuring Ingrid Jensen, and Like Before, Somewhat After (Playscape) featuring Donny McCaslin and Brad Shepik. More recently, Schuller has embarked on a series of piano trio recordings with Trio This That (GM) featuring co-leader Barney McAll, and George Schuller Trio Life’s Little Dramas (Fresh Sound/New Talent) featuring Dan Tepfer.
Schuller presently resides in Brooklyn (since 1994) where he freelances in the New York City area performing with Ballin’ The Jack, Michael Musillami, Burton Greene, Armen Donelian, Morena/Fonda Trio, Seunghee Han, Whirrr! (Music of Jimmy Giuffre), Russ Johnson’s Out To Lunch (Music of Eric Dolphy), Yard Byard (Music of Jaki Byard) and Conference Call in addition to leading his own groups Circle Wide and George Schuller Trio.

This evenings performance will consist of original material from the latest release, “My Age of Anxiety” as well as some newer compositions. The music of Dan DeChellis combines his love of pop tunes, rock and jazz as well ambient and classical. Dan is an improviser at heart and enjoys stretching his tunes when applicable.
Dan DeChellis – piano
Mitch Shelly – bass
Jason Sanita – drums
Dan DeChellis’s music consists of melody, emotion, energy and spontaneous adventure. Born on classic rock, schooled in classical music, matured on jazz, aged with ambient music, he is a fan of all music and styles. He has released over 8 CD’s of purely improvised music on his own label, Sachimay Records. Dan is also a member of the Hassay / DeChellis / Nakatani Trio with whom he has released two CD’s on the German Label, Konnex Records. He is a member of two rock bands, Grey Sky Turn and Four the Day and a professor of music at Moravian College where he directs the Improvised Music Ensemble (MIME).
“…masterful improvisation…full of interesting musical concepts…”AllAboutJazz
“Substantial and engaging” American Music Guide
“…ensemble interaction creates a unique sound…”AllAboutJazz
“Cerebral/visceral music…”Cadence
“…creative player; beautiful melodies, chords, and textures.” Mixx Magazine
“Dan’s music is full of energy and lyricism. He is truly an individual voice among improvising musicians.” Paul Bley
“Here and elsewhere, Herbie Hancock‘s imprint is obvious, as is a strong western classicism. This is not to suggest that DeChellis is simply channeling Hancock, but more a matter of building his own unique voice through the iconic pianist’s influence.” AllAboutJazz

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