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Saturday, May 16, 2015 // 8:00 PM

Ars Nova Workshop – Eric Revis Trio


Eric Revis Trio

One of the most talented and accomplished musicians of his generation, Grammy Award-winning bassist and composer Eric Revis has, over the past 15 years, become an important voice in jazz. Revis has performed and recorded with Betty Carter, Peter Brötzmann, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Steve Coleman, Ralph Peterson, Lionel Hampton, McCoy Tyner, Andrew Cyrille, and Tarbaby (the experimental trio he tri-leads with Orrin Evans and Nasheet Waits). Manning the bass chair with Branford Marsalis’ powerfully flexible quartet since 1997, Revis has also recorded five brilliant albums as a leader. In Memory of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed, 2014), features a quartet well versed in the avant-garde: Bill McHenry on tenor saxophone, Darius Jones on alto and drummer/vibraphonist Chad Taylor, with Branford Marsalis guesting on two tracks. His bass playing on the record has been described as “not unlike that of Howlin’ Wolf, the legendary blues giant. It is the primal force of the voice and soul which is manifest, far from stylized sadness, loneliness and a smoldering longing” (All About Jazz).

Pianist-composer Kris Davis started playing piano at age 6, studying classical music through the Royal Conservatory in Canada. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Piano from the University of Toronto and attended the Banff Centre for the Arts jazz program in 1997 and 2000. The pianist received a Canada Council grant to relocate to New York and study composition with Jim McNeely, then another to study extended piano techniques with Benoit Delbecq in Paris. She holds a master’s in Classical Composition from the City College of New York, and she teaches at the School for Improvised Music. Davis has blossomed as one of the singular talents on the New York jazz scene, a deeply thoughtful, resolutely individual artist who offers “uncommon creative adventure” (JazzTimes). The New York Times writes of Davis, “Her playing uses space and tension and contrast; it always has an interior plan and doesn’t leap at you to show you how hip it is. It’s very open, but it comes with rules.” Her critically acclaimed group Capricorn Climber includes Ingrid Laubrock, Mat Maneri, Michael Formanek, and Tom Rainey. Davis has worked with Paul Motian, Bill Frisell, Tim Berne, John Hollenbeck, and Mary Halvorson.

Gerald Cleaver, born in Detroit in 1963, began playing drums, trumpet, and violin at an early age. In his teens, he played with Ali Muhammad Jackson, Lamont Hilton, Earl Van Riper, and Pancho Hagood. He earned a BA in music education from University of Michigan and, while there, won a National Endowment For The Arts Jazz Study Fellowship, which led to him studying with Victor Lewis. Upon graduation he taught in the music department at both his alma mater and Michigan State University. Over the years he has worked with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Hank Jones, Matthew Shipp, Reggie Workman, Joe Morris, William Parker, and Ralph Alessi, to name only a few. In 2002, Cleaver's Veil of Names group, featuring Mat Maneri, Ben Monder, Andrew Bishop, Craig Taborn, and Reid Anderson, received a Best Debut Recording nomination from the Jazz Journalists Association for their album Adjust. In addition to his many other projects, Cleaver continues to work as a bandleader with Uncle June, Violet Hour, and Farmer By Nature.