“First known as Cubop, then Afro-Cuban Jazz, ‘Latin Jazz’ was created in New York City, emerging as part of the massive socio-cultural revolution in the 1930’s and 40’s transcending racial lines between black, white and Latino musicians, explored in its infancy by visionary musicians. Today, Latin Jazz has evolved considerably into a more progressive amalgamation of the language of jazz rhythms not only from Cuba and Brazil, but expanding rhythmic influences from other, perhaps less notable yet equally important, countries that are part of the entire Latin American Diaspora.” Latin Jazz – An American Music Art Form by Bobby Ramirez
The Goodwill Theatre will present Salsa & Spice featuring the Steve Brown Latin Ensemble, at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Sunday, June 16 at 2 PM. This 6th Annual Father’s Day Concert is a perfect way to celebrate your Father’s Day and continue the Johnson City jazz tradition! The concert concludes the 2012/13 Jazz Concert Series that is sponsored by Sentry Alarms of Binghamton and Robert J. Hanafin Insurance.
Salsa and Spice with the Steve Brown Latin Ensemble features Steve Brown (guitar and percussion), Jeff Stockham (trumpet and flugelhorn), Al Hamme (alto and tenor saxophones), Dino Losito (piano), Tony Marino (bass), Greg Evans (drums and percussion), Jorge Cuevas (congas and percussion) and James Burns (bongos and percussion).
Steve Brown (Guitarist, Composer & Arranger) – is a recently retired professor of music and director of the jazz studies program at Ithaca College. He has four recordings available under his own leadership; Good Lines and Child’s Play, both on Cafe records, and Night Waves and Crossroads on his own Brown Cats Productions. He is also coauthor with Ray Brown of an instructional text and recording, An Introduction to Jazz Improvisation. He has recorded with Chuck Israels’ National Jazz Ensemble, Ray Brown’s Great Big Band, Chuck Mangione, and the California based Full, Faith, & Credit Big Band. His writing projects have included commissioned works for the Airmen of Note, featuring the Hal Galper Trio; the Ithaca Ageless Jazz Band; the Celebration of The Arts Jazz Festival (COTA Cats), featuring himself and Phil Woods; and a piece for the Harvard University Band.
Other releases as a guitarist/arranger under the leadership of Steve Gilmore include: I’m All Smiles, Silhouette, The Jazz Dancer and The Bass Player, and Reflections In The Night on Jazz Mania (featuring Bill Charlap). He has also recorded four compact discs under the leadership of drummer Danny D’Imperio, Blues For Philly Joe, Hip To It, and Glass Enclosure on V.S.O.P., and The Outlaw on The Sackville label. Brown is active as a performer/clinician both in the United States and Europe, and has performed with Chuck Israels, Billy Hart, Bobby Watson, Bill Goodwin, Jimmy Smith, Steve Gilmore, Barry Harris, Gerry Niewood and many others. He has performed at major jazz festivals including The Newport Jazz Festival, The Berks Jazz Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and the Imaxina Sons festival in Spain.
His most recent CDs include Convergence with the Chuck Israels Trio on Philology and It’s About Time with Bob Keller and Steve La Spina on the Brown Cats Productions label. Other recent CD projects include: Share My Life by The Miles Brown Trio, (Miles Brown, Steve Brown, and Rich Thompson) on the Brown Cats Productions label; Atlantic Bridge with musicians from Spain and the United States, (Walter White, Alberto Conde, Kin Garcia, Roberto Somoza, Miguel Cabana and Steve Brown) on the Karonte label from Madrid, Spain and Jorge Cuevas and The Caribe Jazz Allstars. Also just released is the latest Brown Cats Productions CD, Kayak, by the Ray Brown Great Big Band. Three more recent releases include Alcohol and Booze, two CDs by Danny D’Imperio and The Bloviators on the VSOP label for which Steve did much of the arranging, and It’s Nice To Be With You by the Chuck Israels Trio released on Stunt Records from Copenhagen, Denmark and featuring Thomas Clausen on piano.
Jeff Stockham (Trumpet and Flugelhorn) – is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and a veteran of the renowned Eastman Jazz Ensemble. He has performed with the Central New York Jazz Orchestra, the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble, Gap Mangione, the Syracuse Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and many other regional mainstays.
He is the trumpeter and French hornist in the Theolonius Monk, Jr’s. “Monk on Monk” big band, with which he has toured Europe, Israel, and the United States several times. Jeff is also a member of the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, one of the preeminent jazz ensembles in Europe.
Albert Hamme, (Alto & Tenor Saxophones) – Professor Emeritus, Binghamton University is a woodwind artist, producer, arranger and composer. He has performed with the orchestras of Les Elgart, Sammy Kaye, Jimmy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo and Danny D’Imperio’s Big Band Bloviation; he is also a founding member of the Presbybop Quartet, a jazz quartet that specializes in jazz music for worship.
Al has recorded with Slam Stewart, Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Peter Appleyard, Richard Wyands, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Tony Marino, Mike Holober, Sherrie Maricle, Ann Chamberlain, Steve Gilmore, Steve Brown, Tom Whaley, Bill Carter, Fred Hersh, Jeff Stockham, Ron Vincent, Gene Bertoncini and can be heard on National Public Radio with Slam Stewart and Frank Wess.
Tony Marino (bass) – concertizes around the world. He began his professional career as a house bassist in many of the clubs and resorts in the Pocono and Catskill Mountains, providing back-up to a myriad of well-known entertainers. Tony performs and tours with the Dave Liebman Group. He plays and records with Broadway’s Betty Buckley and with jazz pianist Kenny Werner, and is widely hailed as one of the rising stars of the jazz world.
Dino Losito (piano) – is from Elmira, NY and began studying the piano at age four. He attended William Paterson University and had the privilege of being under the tutelage of Norman Simmons, Harold Mabern, Rufus Reid and Pete Malinverni. Dino has performed at many well-known jazz venues throughout the world. The New York venues includes Blue Note, Birdland, Rainbow Room and Dizzy’s (at Lincoln Center).
He has performed/recorded with Eric Alexander, Dave Liebman, Houston Person, Joe Romano, Don Menza, Wallace Rooney, Harry Allen, Mickey Roker, Joe Magnirelli, Danny D’Imperio and Nancy Kelly. His CD release as a leader, Like That, has received critical acclaim. He has been featured in over a dozen recordings as a sideman. Along with performing and recording, Dino keeps an active teaching schedule; he is currently on the faculty at 171 Cedar Art’s Center in Corning, NY.
Jorge T. Cuevas (Congos & Percussion) – has been playing percussion in countless bands of all different styles in the upstate NY area for over 30 years. He’s currently the bandleader for two latin dance bands, Jorge T. Cuevas & The Caribe Jazz Allstars and Rising Sign / Signo Asendente. Two years ago he had the pleasure of recording an all original CD with The Caribe Jazz Allstars, featuring Walter White on trumpet & Steve Brown on guitar.
James Burns (Bongos & Percussion) – Associate Professor of Music and Africana Studies (Ethnomusicology) at Binghamton University. He holds a BA from the University of Texas, Austin; and a Ph.D from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Professor Burns joined the Binghamton faculty in 2005, having previously lectured in African music and culture at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and in African drumming at Goldsmiths College.
He is also a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology. As an active ethnographic researcher, he has conducted over 8 years of ongoing fieldwork in Ghana, Togo, and Benin with Ewe-Fon, Akan, and Dagbamba (Dagomba) ethnic groups funded by grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (U.K.) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (U.S.). He currently holds the position of Chair of the Music Department at Binghamton University.
Greg Evans (Drums & Percussion) – a native of Liverpool, New York, Evans earned his Masters of Music at Ithaca College (2011) in percussion studies where he studied under the incomparable marimbist and educator Gordon Stout. It was while completing this degree that Evans also served as the Jazz department’s teaching assistant where he held various teaching duties. Evans holds a Bachelors of Music in jazz studies from the Manhattan School of Music (2009) where he studied under Justin DiCioccio.
He has also has an extensive performing career. He has performed in multiple national tours including those of the bands ISM, Remington, and Turkuaz. He has also recorded multiple records with these bands as well as the Danny Rivera Orchestra.
Tickets for the Salsa & Spice are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors, students and children, and may be purchased online at http://www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the theatre Box Office at 607-772-2404, ext. 301.
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, located at 46-48 Willow Street in Johnson City, accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. Doors open one hour before show time. General Seating is based on a first-come; first-served policy. Refreshments will be available for sale.
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is the first performance venue of the Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts Complex & Professional Training Facility. It is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. Patrons are advised to enter the facility through the parking lot on Corliss Avenue. Parking is available in a small lot at the theatre, and a new lot along the side of the building, on-street, and in various Village municipal lots within two blocks of the theatre.