Another Great Lineup At The Jazz Bakery: Steve Kuhn, Steve Swallow, & Al Foster

Sept. 17th – 20th
8:00 pm, 9:30 pm (all nights)
Jazz Bakery

Come out to the Jazz Bakery in Culver City Wednesday, September 17th through Saturday, September 20th to see an all-star cast on stage. The featured artists for these four days includes pianist Steve Kuhn, bassist Steve Swallow, and drummer Al Foster. Sets begin at 8:00 pm & 9:30 each night. This one is a MUST SEE!

Steve Kuhn

Brooklyn-born Steve Kuhn was in his early teens when he started to play in Boston jazz clubs with visiting celebrities; Coleman Hawkins, Chet Baker and Vic Dickenson. After graduation from Harvard College, Kuhn attended the Lenox School of Music where he met and played in a group with fellow-students Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry. The faculty included Bill Evans, George Russell, and Gunther Schuller. While at Lenox, Kuhn met trumpeter Kenny Dorham and began a two-year stint, interrupted when Kuhn was asked to join John Coltrane’s newly-formed quartet.

Kuhn next joined Stan Getz’s band, which included bassist Scott LaFaro. After a year with Art Farmer, he formed the first Steve Kuhn Trio, with drummer Pete LaRoca and bassist Steve Swallow. At the end of the 1960′s he spent four years living in Europe, where his performances had a significant impact upon local players. Upon returning to the United States, Kuhn began his long-term affiliation with ECM, resulting in a string of important albums including Trance, Ecstasy, Non-Fiction and the collaborations with Sheila Jordan; Playground and Last Year’s Waltz.

In the mid-80′s, Kuhn co-founded the popular ‘All Star Trio’, with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Al Foster, and launched a new and still evolving edition of his trio with bassist David Finck. Drummers for the latter have included Joey Baron (as on the ECM recording Remembering Tomorrow), Lewis Nash, Billy Drummond, Kenny Washington and Bill Stewart. In the 90′s and up to the present time, he has recorded CDs for Venus, Reservoir and Sunnyside.

In 2004, Kuhn recorded Promises Kept which includes a string orchestra for ECM Records. He is most proud of this recording. Kuhn continues to tour widely throughout the world, with a strong following in Europe and especially Japan where his CDs frequently appear on the jazz charts.

Steve Swallow

One of the most accomplished bassists of our time, Steve Swallow was born in New York City in 1940. At Yale University he studied composition with Donald Martino, and played dixieland with many of the greats, among them Pee Wee Russell, Buck Clayton and Vic Dickenson. In 1960 he met Paul and Carla Bley, left Yale in a hurry, moved to New York City, and began to tour and record with Paul Bley, The Jimmy Giuffre Trio and George Russell’s sextet, which featured Eric Dolphy and Thad Jones.

He also performed in the early ‘60s with Joao Gilberto, Sheila Jordan, and bands led by Benny Goodman, Marian McPartland, Chico Hamilton, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, Clark Terry and Bob Brookmeyer, and Chick Corea. In 1964 he joined the Art Farmer Quartet featuring Jim Hall, and began writing music. Many of his songs have been recorded by prominent jazz artists, including Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Stan Getz, Gary Burton, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Kuhn, Lyle Mays, Jim Hall and Pat Metheny.

teve Swallow toured with the Stan Getz Quartet, which also included Gary Burton (replaced in 1967 by Chick Corea) and Roy Haynes. In 1978 he joined the Carla Bley Band. He toured and recorded often with John Scofield from 1980 to 1984, first in trio with drummer Adam Nussbaum, and then in duet. He has since toured often with Scofield, and has also produced several of his recordings. He produced recordings for Karen Mantler, Lew Soloff and Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, and recorded and/or toured with, among others, Joe Lovano, Motohiko Hino, Ernie Watts, Michael Gibbs, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Paul Bley, Henri Texier and Allen Ginsberg.

In the Spring of 1998 he toured and recorded with Lee Konitz and Paul Motian, and toured with Brazilian guitarist Paulo Bellinati. He also participated with Carla Bley in the Copenhagen Jazzvisits program, and was nominated for the 1999 Danish Jazzpar. He toured in the Fall with Paul Motian’s Electric BeBop Band, and with John Scofield and Bill Stewart.

Steve Swallow placed first (electric bass) in the Downbeat International Critics Poll from 1983, and in the Downbeat Readers Poll from 1985, until 2004, when the category mysteriously disappeared from the polls. He has also won the Jazz Times poll (electric bass) for the past several years, and has been voted the Jazz Journalists Association’s electric bassist of the year since 2001, when that category was instituted.

Al Foster

Al Foster was born in Richmond, Virginia on January 18, 1944. The master drummer has been a major innovator in the world of jazz for several decades. He played as member of the Miles Davis band from 1972 to 1985, being the only musician to take part in both periods of the band (before and after Miles’ retirement). He was a tremendous asset to the band all 13 years and has been well complemented by Davis (in his own 1989 autobiography) for his impeccable timing and ability to drive the other members by keeping the beat moving.

Other artists Foster has performed and recorded with include Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Randy & Michael Brecker, Bill Evans (the saxophonist), George Benson, Kenny Drew, Carmen McRae, Stan Getz, Toots Thielemans, Dexter Gordon and Chick Corea. Over the years, Foster has toured extensively with Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, and Joe Henderson, becoming a major attraction in all three bands as well as an integral part of them.

Respected and admired for his keen sensitivity, Foster is known for his unique ability to listen to and play off others in an almost telepathic way, responding to them with a style that is at once both charismatic and understated. Foster is a great believer in the purity of the music, a genuine artist who continues to push the boundaries of creativity again and again, devoted to preserving and perpetuating the highest standards in jazz today. He is a magnificent all-round drummer, and his rhythmic chops are renowned in musical styles ranging from bebop to free form to jazz/rock. Recently he has recorded and toured with his own band.

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Jazz Bakery
3233 Helms Ave.
Culver City, CA
(310) 271-9039

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