Jazz Concert Series
A New York Premier
Bill Carter’s Beyond Banff Suite
8th Annual Father’s Day Jazz Concert
A multi-media presentation by the Presbybop Sextet.
Sunday, June 21, 2015 (Father’s Day) at 2:00 PM
$25 Adult; $20 Senior/Student/Child
About the Music
Beyond Banff – A Sextet Suite of Eco-Jazz
Based on pilgrimages to the Canadian Rockies
Bill Carter, composer, for the Presbybop Sextet
Awestruck – The opening movement narrates the jaw-dropping discovery of the rugged mountains. “Oh my God, look at that!” are the exclamations of wonder which shape the opening melodic motif. Around each bend, there is another breathtaking vista. Upon drawing closer to the mountains, we survey the beauty: the astonishing colors, the jagged peaks, the dramatic waterfalls, the challenging terrain.
Up From Bow River – The first European pioneers entered the Canadian Rockies through the Bow River, a mountain river which originates in the Bow Glacier, flows into Bow Lake, and roars to lower ground through waterfalls and eddies that nourish the landscape. The movement touches upon the optimism of the pathfinders who encountered the landscape for the first time.
Peyto Lake – Named for a mountain man who served as wilderness guide, this breathtaking lake is fed by glaciers and bears an unreal blue color. It is difficult to imagine a place so beautiful, but there it is: a still, stunning, untouchable treasure.
Ice Cold – Against an ominous background, the bass sings of forbidding glaciers and irrational thaws. An urgent melody develops, pushing us beyond comfort. We sense nature’s indifference. We could easily die out there and the earth wouldn’t care. Yet we also hear the cry to heal and restore.
Wahoo – Sadly, the land is plundered for excessive profit and wasteful enterprise. Beauty is compromised by thoughtlessness. The created order – heaven reflected on earth – is scarred by the worst of human impulses.
A View from the Summit – From the vantage point of great height, we approach the Creator’s perspective. The human boundaries disappear. We rediscover how small the human people really are, and how significant our choices can be. We can become partners in healing creation’s wounds, or we can continue to damage the land created in fierce beauty. The music is a difficult challenge, swirling between a variety of key signatures, and demanding that the diverse musicians work carefully together. It is a musical parable of our ecological challenge.
For more information on the music and the Presbybop Sextet, visit www.presbybop.com.
About the Performers
Bill Carter is the founder and leader of the Presbybop Sextet. He is a busy freelance pianist, recording artist, and clinician in northeastern Pennsylvania, where he makes his home. Bill has taught jazz piano, composition, and jazz history at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania for the past fifteen years. Over the course of his career, he has studied or performed with Phil Woods, Jimmy Knepper, Jim McNeely, Michael Holober, Sherrie Maricle, Dave Brubeck, David Liebman, among many others.
He has been composing and arranging music for over thirty years, first studying with Al Hamme of Binghamton University (who later became a founding member of the Presbybop Quartet). A member of BMI, Bill’s compositions are highly regarded by his peers, who affirm their tunefulness and creativity. Carter is regarded as a national authority on the use of jazz music in liturgical settings, and a growing number of his compositions are being performed in concert and jazz vespers formats.
A graduate of Binghamton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Bill has maintained a dual career as a jazz pianist and a Presbyterian minister. He is serving in his twenty-fifth year as the pastor and head of staff at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, PA. The author of eight books and numerous published articles, Rev. Carter is a highly regarded speaker, teacher, and workshop leader.
Michael Carbone is a highly regarded saxophonist and jazz educator. A graduate of Crane School of Music and Binghamton University, Mike has just retired from the music faculty of Johnson City School District, where he directed the jazz ensembles and served as coordinator of the district’s music program. The director of the Binghamton University Jazz Ensemble, he is a member of the Music Unlimited/Swing Street jazz groups, Central New York Big Band, Danny D’Imperio Big Band Bloviation, and leader of contemporary jazz group Miles Ahead. He has performed with numerous artists, including Frank Foster, Al Martino, Natalie Cole, Tommy Tune, Mel Torme, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Engelbert Humperdinck, Slam Stewart, Nick Brignola, Steve Gilmore, Tom Whaley, Duffy Jackson, Jeff Jarvis, and Jacque Washington.
Al Hamme directed the Jazz Music program at Binghamton University (SUNY) for over 30 years before retiring in 1997. A virtuoso performer on saxophones, clarinet, and flute, Al is well-known as a band leader, music educator, and concert artist. He has recorded with Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Slam Stewart, Bucky Pizzarelli, and has toured with the big bands of Les Elgart, Jimmy Dorsey, and Sammy Kaye. Al has performed with Liza Minelli, Natalie Cole, Clark Terry, Marian McPartland, and Bill Mays. He can be heard on various recordings on National Public Radio with Slam Stewart and Frank Wess. In the 1980’s, Al was closely associated with bebop legend Slam Stewart.
Tony Marino plays his bass around the world. He began his professional career as a house bassist in many of the clubs and resorts in the Poconos and Catskill Mountains, providing back-up to a myriad of well-known entertainers. Tony performs and tours internationally with the Dave Liebman Group. He plays and records with Broadway’s Betty Buckley and is widely hailed as one of the rising stars of the jazz world.
Trumpeter/hornist Jeff Stockham is well-known to New York jazz fans. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, his performance credits read like a Who’s Who of the upstate music scene. Jeff is also one of the few musicians worldwide to play jazz on French horn. He is trumpeter and French hornist in Thelonius Monk Jr.’s “Monk on Monk” big band, with which he has toured Europe, Israel, and the United States several times, and with which he has had the opportunity to perform in concert with jazz luminaries such as Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Watson, Don Braden, Howard Johnson, Danilo Perez, Diane Reeves, Kevin Mahogany, Marcus Roberts, John Fedchock, and Joe Henderson.
Ron Vincent is a native of Rhode Island and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. He began his career as a professional drummer in Boston, South Florida, and Kansas City before settling in New York City in 1982. A veteran of the New York jazz scene, his most notable credit is his tenure with Gerry Mulligan. Ron was a member of Mulligan’s quartet and the Re-Birth of the Cool Tentet from 1989 until Mr. Mulligan’s passing in 1996. He recorded four CDs with Mr. Mulligan. He has also recorded with jazz greats such as Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Randy Brecker, Bob Brookmeyer, John Lewis, and Carol Sloane. Ron is a jazz artist/educator for Sabian Cymbals, and has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for jazz performance.
Jeff Kellam is a talented photographer, video editor, radio commentator, and all around creative spirit. A retired Presbyterian minister and lifelong jazz fan, he has taught media studies at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. He has served as a pastor of congregations in Vermont, Virginia, and New York, and is widely known for “The Spirit of Jazz,” his nationally syndicated radio show that had a large and loyal following. In recent years, he has been an invaluable part of the Presbybop Music team, assisting with public relations, documenting their work on video, and joining the group on tour.
This concert is sponsored by NYSEG.