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New Meetup: John Farnsworth Quartet

From: Beth E.
Sent on: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 4:23 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The NYC Jazz Meetup Group!

What: John Farnsworth Quartet

When: Monday, May 24,[masked]:15 PM

Smoke Jazz and Supper Club
2751 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

We are going to Smoke for a really exceptional band. There is no cover but there is a Prix Fixe 3 course dinner for 29.95 that is the price of admission. It is a small intimate club (one of my favorites) and they cannot afford to deal with no shows! So...please make sure you can attend before you RSVP. 24 hour notice cancellation is fine. The dinner starts at 6:15 and the show starts at 7:00PM. However, I will be releasing seats at 6:45 for walkins so that is the latest you can show up unless you call me.

The food is extremely delicious and this band is wonderful!

John Farnsworth (tenor saxophone)
Mike LeDonne (piano)
Dwayne Burno (bass)
Joe Strasser (drums)

Tenor saxophonist and composer John Farnsworth?s heart is in the vital, appealing 1960s jazz by greats like Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Curtis Fuller, and McCoy Tyner. This music ranged from gospel and blues feelings to hard-driving, open-minded expressions. On this zesty CD recorded at Smoke Jazz Club in New York, Atlantic Highlands resident Farnsworth delivers a fresh, vigorous slant on the era. The alluring themes, by Farnsworth and Frank Lacy, are brought to life by a frontline that mixes the leader?s warm sound with the bold tones of, variously, trumpeters Jim Rotondi and Dr. Eddie Henderson, and trombonists Lacy and Steve Davis. The potent rhythm team ? drummer Joe Farnsworth, and variously bassists Dwayne Burno and John Webber, and pianists Mike LeDonne and Carlton Holmes ? adds swaggering heft. ?A Cry For Understanding? starts with clarion tenor, moves to a drum solo, then hits an upbeat groove with charging, choice-noted solos from Rotondi, Davis, the leader and LeDonne. The same crew injects fire into the fast waltz, ?Mozzin?.? ?Shorter Moments? is a mellow-minded swinger with probing Farnsworth tenor; he also scores with the gospel ballad, ?Sweet Dreams.?

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