Sept 9 – SAMUEL BLASER TRIO (Berlin)



location: UW-Madison Memorial Union Terrace
time: 5:00-7:00 pm
(Generous support for this show from WUD Music. This show is part of the weekly Behind the Beat series)

Samuel Blaser- trombone
Michael Bates – bass
Jeff Davis – drums

By combining exquisite melodies, the tradition of Albert Mangeldforff great 70’s
trio and inspiration from classical composers, this exciting band blurs the line between composed and
improvised music

Samuel Blaser Trio will play UW Memorial Union on Sept 9, 5-7 pm

Samuel Blaser – trombone/composer/leader:
Rene Laanen of USA Trombone stated, “Samuel Blaser is one of today´s finest trombonists.”
He is a prolific talent with a truly collaborative spirit, That values tradition, finesse and innovation. He
has won numerous awards for both his classical and jazz performances, including the Benny Golson
Prize in 2000, and has worked in various big bands featuring guest luminaries like Phil Woods, Clark
Terry, Jimmy Heath, Buddy DeFranco and Jim McNeely. Samuel performed with the prestigious
Vienna Art Orchestra, and then represented Switzerland in the European Radio Big Band “Tribute to
Oscar Peterson” tour in 2005. A Fulbright scholarship brought him to study in the U.S at Purchase
College’s conservatory of music in NY. He won the J. J. Johnson Prize, “Public Prize” and “Jury´s
Favorite Player” at the Fribourg Jazz Festival. Blaser also presented his own band in the concert
series at the Zagreb Jazz Festival. Pieces of Old Sky is a snapshot of his working quartet in action. A
restless, questing individual, Blaser continues to work with a number of other groups as well, such as
the new Braff Blaser duo, Malcolm Braff & TNT, Animal Forum, Peter van Huffel & Sophie Tassignon,
and the Ravitz / Blaser Duo. He´s released numerous highly acclaimed CDs including “7th Heaven,”
on Between the Lines (2008), “Yay”
with the Braaf Blaser Duo on Fresh Sound New Talent (2008), and Solo Bone on Slam Productions
(2009), among others. His next CD will be with NY based musicians, including the legendary Paul
Motian, to record baroque music of Monteverdi, Marini and Frescobaldi, produced by Robert Sadin.
Michael Bates-double bass:
As a composer and musician, New Yorker, Michael Bates ”serves up melodic modernism and
contrapuntal elegance” (”Time Out, New York”). He has performed with Russ Johnson, Chris
Speed, Dave Douglas, Michael Blake, Samuel Blaser, Gerald Cleaver, George Garzone, Michael
Sarin and several other creative musicians. With an emphasis on being a team player and composing
music that pushes the boundaries between written and improvised, he has released 5 CDs to rave
critical acclaim and recorded dozens more as a sideman and Downbeat critic Glenn Astaria has gone
as far to write that “simply put, Michael Bates has the ability to change the state of modern jazz”. As
an educator, he has been on faculty at the Banff Center of the Arts and taught masterclasses in
Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia. He is currently working on new release featuring music for, and
by, Dmitri Shostakovich.
Jeff Davis – drums:
Drummer/composer Jeff Davis is known as the propulsive force behind a host New York mainstays,
including Kirk Knuffke, Robin Verheyen, Oscar Noriega, Jesse Stacken, Landon Knoblock, and
Michael Bates. On his debut album, We Sleep Outside, Jeff Davis showcases his command of a
deeply focused and distinctly improvisational style. Nate Chinen, of the New York Times, says that
“We Sleep Outside (Loyal Label) is the restlessly episodic debut by Jeff Davis, a drummer of broad
experience in left-of-center jazz circles.” And Bruce Lee Gallanter, of the Downtown Music Gallery,
described Jeff Davis’ first disc as a leader as “a powerful debut from one of Downtown’s best
drummers.” Jeff has performed with such artists as Chris Speed, Ralph Alessi, Rich Perry, Brad
Shepik, and Reggie Workman. Jeff has toured Europe and China and has performed at several
prominent jazz festivals, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Oslo Jazz Festival, the Vancouver
Jazz Festival, and the Ear Shot Jazz Festival. Jeff leads two ensembles, the Jeff Davis Band
(featuring Tony Malaby, Kirk Knuffke, Jon Gold

~ by Surrounded by Reality Jazz on August 28, 2011.

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