Ben Stolorow & Ian Carey
Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:00 PM (PST)
Following up on innovative releases with their own individual groups, pianist Ben Stolorow and trumpeter Ian Carey have returned to their straight ahead roots and documented their long musical friendship with Duocracy, an intimate album of underplayed standards and classic jazz compositions rendered with freedom and spontaneity. A conscious effort to explore the era of great American songcraft, Duocracy features rarely heard gems like “Little White Lies,” Tadd Dameron’s “Social Call,”a lilting rendition of Henry Mancini’s “Two for the Road,” and Gordon Jenkins’ achingly beautiful ballad, “Goodbye,” plus inventive takes on jazz favorites like Thelonious Monk’s “Four in One,” a barn-burning “Cherokee,” and an abstracted romp through Jerome Kern’s perennial “All the Things You Are,” all recorded in a single session where the only “studio magic” was the chemistry between the two players.
“We both love writing new, original music,” said Carey, whose 2013 album Roads & Codes (”★★★★1⁄2” –Downbeat) featured intricate composing and arranging, “but this time we wanted to let the songs really speak for themselves, and to give ourselves a chance to focus on chemistry and feel.” As their manifesto for the session proclaimed, “This day... we play JAZZ!”
”Ben Stolorow is a pianist with a gift for crafting alluring melodies that cry out for lyrics” − San Francisco Chronicle
“Ian Carey is a musician pursuing his own thoughtful, painterly vision” – NPR
Ben Stolorow’s first album, I’ll Be Over Here (2008), was called “a beautiful, introspective body of work reminiscent of some of the greatest piano trios” by Susan Muscarella (founder/director of the Jazzschool in Berkeley). Almost There (2011) brought a new fire and emotional intensity, reflecting Ben’s desire to share with the listener the freedom, release, and renewal which he feels can be achieved through making music. Since coming to the Bay Area from Los Angeles in 1994, Ben has become one of the most in-demand jazz pianists in the area both as a leader and sideman, performing at Yoshi’s, The Jazzschool (where he is a faculty member), and the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, the Healdsburg and SF Jazz festivals, and Oakland’s Art and Soul Festival. He has also toured and performed throughout Japan, and has performed with many great musicians including Craig Handy, Akira Tana, Danya Stephens, Lorca Hart, Andrew Speight, Vince Lateano, Noel Jewkes, Michael O’neill, and Kenny Washington. Ben was awarded the Hertz Traveling Fellowship in 1998 to live and study in New York City, where he studied with great pianists including Fred Hersch, Stanley Cowell, James Williams, and David Hazeltine.
Trumpeter and composer Ian Carey has been a staple of the Bay Area jazz scene since arriving in 2001. His group, the Ian Carey Quintet, has released three albums on Kabocha Records—2006’s Sink/Swim (”An exciting set of music with a heavy-hitting lineup of musicians” –Greg Bridges, KCSM), 2010’s Contextualizin’ (”a digital master’s seminar” –All About Jazz), and his latest, Roads & Codes (”an array of evocative material” –S.F. Chronicle), which featured an expanded “Quintet+1” format and his most involved writing to date, as well as Ian’s acclaimed original artwork. In addition to performing with his own groups, Ian has been heard around the Bay with groups including the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, the Realistic Orchestra, the Crushing Spiral Ensemble, 8-Legged Monster, the Fred Randolph Quintet, the Circus Bella All-Star Band, and the Tommy Igoe Big Band, as well as groups featuring standouts Dayna Stephens, Betty Fu, and Noel Jewkes. Prior to coming to the Bay Area, Ian lived in New York City, where he performed with Eddie Bert, Ravi Coltrane, and the Next Legacy Orchestra, and studied with legends including Reggie Workman, Billy Harper, Andrew Cyrille, and Maria Schneider.
When & Where
California Jazz Conservatory
The California Jazz Conservatory (F/K/A Jazzschool, Inc.) is an innovative nonprofit organization dedicated to the study and performance of jazz — America’s indigenous art form — and related styles of music from around the world. Founded in 1997, the institution has recently been granted accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), making it the only accredited, stand-alone conservatory devoted to jazz studies in the United States. The school is located in the heart of the vibrant Downtown Berkeley Arts District, home to Berkeley Rep, the Freight & Salvage and many other arts organizations.
Hailed as one of the nation’s most comprehensive schools of jazz and related styles of music, the CJC offers instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages and skill levels a broad spectrum of performance ensembles, lectures, workshops and private instruction. Courses are designed for the professional musician, the serious student and the jazz aficionado seeking personal enrichment. A multifaceted institution, the CJC comprises several key components:
CALIFORNIA JAZZ CONSERVATORY
The California Jazz Conservatory (formerly the Jazzschool Institute) is a music school offering the aspiring professional a comprehensive 4-year degree program culminating in the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. The CJC provides a challenging curriculum of performance, jazz theory and improvisation, ear training, composition, arranging, transcription and analysis, and music history courses, taught by professional artists and educators. Coursework also includes music business, music technology and financial planning, thoroughly preparing students for a fulfilling career in the performing arts.
JAZZSCHOOL COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL (JCMS)
The JCMS provides music education and performance opportunities for people of all ages and levels of ability. Consisting of the JCMS Adult Music Program and the JCMS Young Musicians Program, the JCMS operates year-round on a quarterly basis and offers over 100 ensembles, courses and workshops to build all aspects of musicianship. Students are routinely featured in concert performances, open to the public. With a formidable faculty of renowned musicians and educators, the JCMS is a cornerstone of the Bay Area’s thriving music scene.
JCMS ADULT MUSIC PROGRAM
The Jazzschool Adult Music Program offers life-enriching opportunities to learn about and play jazz and related styles of music from throughout the world. Courses are available for both instrumentalists and vocalists, and everyone from young adult to senior citizen is welcome. Instruction and performances occur primarily in late afternoons, evenings and on weekends, making the program easily accessible to the working professional.
JCMS YOUNG MUSICIANS PROGRAM
The Jazzschool Young Musicians Program offers middle and high school students of all skill levels a wide variety of combos, big bands and vocal performance courses throughout the entire year, as well as camps during the summer. Select ensembles participate in national competitions, and Jazzschool bands have routinely taken top awards from DownBeat, the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival and others.
Visiting artists and Jazzschool faculty lead fascinating and practical workshops, typically a single session of two or three hours in length and held on a Sunday. Content may focus on any specific aspect of jazz theory or performance, such as playing in odd time signatures or the art of vocal improvisation. Past workshops have been taught by prominent musicians from Bobby McFerrin to Dave Liebman, Janis Siegel, Peter Erskine, Sheila Jordan, Nguyên Lê and others.
The CJC facility includes an intimate venue with seating capacity of 100. Throughout the year, Jazzschool faculty and students perform for the public, providing a real-world incubator for developing new concepts and gaining audience exposure in the competitive Bay Area environment. High-profile artists have performed at the Jazzschool, including Terence Blanchard, Art Lande, Kim Nalley, Taylor Eigsti, Sachal Vasandani and many more.
The CJC’s in-house retail store is a treasure trove of jazz-related reading and listening materials. It provides students, teachers and the public with convenient access to extraordinary books, recordings, videos and accessories.