This October, the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, now in its tenth season, will offer a feel-good jazz concert featuring the Eddie Allen Quintet, on Sunday, October 22 at 2:00 p.m.
Eddie Allen is a trumpet player, composer, arranger, author, and educator, known for being one of the more versatile musicians on the New York scene. The Eddie Allen Quintet also includes Bruce Williams, alto and soprano saxophone; Misha Tsiganov, piano; Calvin Jones, acoustic bass; and Jarrett Walser, drums.
“The show is focused on ‘feel good’ music,” said Allen. “Whenever people would see the greats, like Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie or Horace Silver, they’d leave with a good feeling. That’s my goal as well.”
“Jazz has always been a cornerstone of our programming at the Firehouse,” said Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “Jazz is one of the few truly American-made art forms, and one that has strong roots in the Southern Tier. Goodwill Theatre is dedicated to keeping the jazz tradition alive in our community.”
Since his arrival on the New York scene, Eddie Allen has worked with such jazz greats as Art Blakey, Billy Harper, Randy Weston, Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Threadgill, Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis, Benny Carter, Panama Francis, Joe Henderson and Steve Turre. He has recorded and performed with, as well as composed for Louis Hayes, Lester Bowie, Jack McDuff, Etta Jones & Houston Person, Mongo Santamaria, Chico Freeman, Charli Persip, Vanessa Rubin and Muhal Richard Abrams. Eugene Chadbourne described Allen as, “a trumpet player from Milwaukee who has developed a superb style out of his exposure to the area’s concurrent streams of rhythm & blues and avant-garde jazz… His playing style is sometimes compared to Lee Morgan, the architectural equivalent of the Roman Forum.” He studied music, theory and arranging at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay before moving to the east coast. He then attended the William Paterson University of New Jersey where he received a Bachelor of Music degree.
Bruce Williams is a powerful young jazz saxophonist who hails from Washington, D.C. He has released two CDs on Savant Records (“Brotherhood” and “Altoicity”) to critical acclaim. He’s made an indelible impression as a sideman on over twenty other CD and video recordings. Bruce has performed, toured, and recorded with a long roster of jazz legends, including Little Jimmy Scott, Frank Foster, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Stanley Cowell, Louis Smith, Cecil Brooks III, The Count Basie Orchestra, The World Saxophone Quartet, Russell Gunn, Curtis Fuller, and Roy Hargrove. He has been an honored recipient of awards from DownBeat magazine and The Charlie Parker Music & More Foundation. His ability to perform masterfully in a range of jazz styles has placed him on two Grammy nominated recordings and sent him to numerous cities throughout the US and abroad – France, Italy, Germany, Scandinavia, Switzerland, the West Indies, and Japan. Williams has been mentored by some of the best in the business including Frank Foster, Branford Marsalis, Joe Ford, Laura George, William Shadle, Oliver Lake and Cecil Brooks III.
Misha Tsiganov was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, into a family of artists. His father was a sculptor, and his mother was a music teacher. He began to play piano at the age of six, and graduated from Mussorgsky College of Music. In 1990, Misha received prize-winner-diploma of the All-Russia Jazz Competition. Misha has performed at many international jazz festivals and clubs around the world, such as Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, Dizzy’s, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, National Geographic Concert Hall (Washington DC), Birdland, Iridium, Minton’s Playhouse, Smoke, Java Jakarta Jazz Festival (Indonesia), Kansas City Jazz Festival, Topeka Jazz Festival, Barbados Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival, Port-Au-Prince Jazz Festival (Haiti), Naguanagua Jazz Festival (Venezuela), Toulouse Jazz Festival (France), Jazz-Transfer Festival (Germany), St. Croix Jazz Festival, Festival JazzInKiev (Ukraine), and many others. Misha has performed and recorded with musicians such as Clark Terry, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Chambers, Gary Bartz, Hendrik Meurkens, John Faddis, Buster Williams, Claudio Roditi, Richie Cole, Alex Sipiagin, Dave Valentin, Chico Freeman, Jed Levy, Bobby Watson, Donny McCaslin, Victor Lewis, Norman Hedman, Vincent Herring, Johnny Colon, Papo Pepin, Ray Vega, Valeri Ponomarev, Bobby Porchelly, Andy Gonzalez, Steve Berrios, Willie Martinez, and many more.
Bassist Calvin Jones was born in North Carolina. His recording resume numbers over 40 CDs, and he has toured and performed with Ray Anderson, Patti Austin, Don Braden, Cecil Brooks, Tom Brown, Alex Bugnon, Donald Byrd, Steve Coleman, Carla Cook, Ted Curson, Chico Freeman, Darrell Grant, Craig Harris, Jon Hendricks, Andrew Hill, Javon Jackson, Angela Johnson, Ronny Jordan, Eartha Kitt, Dave Koz, Les McCann, Greg Osby, Max Roach, Pharoah Sanders and James “Blood” Ulmer. Jones has performed on Broadway with “Bring ‘N Da Noise, Bring ‘N Da Funk”, including the first national tour, “Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues” and “All Shook Up”. Touring and performing has taken Mr. Jones to 43 U.S. states and 31 countries.
Drummer Jarrett Walser began his musical journey at the age of three, but his love for jazz began at the age of 11 when he started studying at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) Wachovia Jazz for Teens program. During his 7 years at NJPAC, he had the fortunate opportunity to study with jazz greats such as Ralph Peterson, Cecil Brooks III, and Dion Parson. After his studies at NJPAC, he continued to pursue his passion for music at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he received his B.A. in Jazz Performance. While there, he was able to study with world class musicians including Victor Lewis, Ralph Bowen, and Conrad Herwig. Jarrett Walser has performed with various groups at a variety of venues and occasions including the Iridium, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Victoria Theater at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, WBGO Jazz Vespers, Trumpets, Chico’s, the Blue Note, Blues Alley and Carnegie Hall.