A rare chance to hear masters of improvisation who really know how to play to the hearts of people. Celebrating his 53rd birthday, Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin and Wood) is teamed up with pianist extraordinaire David Haney, bassist Adam Lane, and other guests for a night of musical interactive wonder and celebration.
David Haney, piano
Billy Martin, drums
Adam Lane, bass
plus special guests
Haney's groups have featured stellar jazz performers such as Andrew Cyrille, John Tchicai, Roswell Rudd, Buell Neidlinger, Bud Shank, Bernard Purdie, Roy Campbell, Han Bennink, Gerry Hemingway, and Wolter Weirbos. David Haney studied composition for many years with Czech American composer Tomas Svoboda. As a band leader, Haney has over 20 albums on CIMP-USA, Cadence-USA, SLAM-UK, NoSeSo-Argentina, La Gorda-Argentina, Canada Jazz Studio-Canada.
From the roots of the downtown scene Billy emerged with Medeski Martin and Wood, bridging the harmonic complexity of jazz, the conversational fluency of free improvisation, and the groove and swagger of classic R&B and funk. A series of albums and high-profile collaborations with John Scofield, John Zorn, iggy Pop, Natalie Merchant, and others, Much of his work is available via his Amulet Records label, which recently released the Road to Jajouka—a series of collaborations (produced by Martin) between the Master Musicians of Jajouka and such artists as Ornette Coleman, Flea, Marc Ribot, John Zorn, Lee Ranaldo, Bill Laswell, Mickey Hart, MMW and more.
By combining a disparate set of influences into a unique improvisational voice, Adam Lane has become recognized as one of the most original creative voices in contemporary jazz. His 2006 recording New Magical Kingdom, was recently featured in the Penguin Jazz Guide 1001 Best Records Ever Made, and his most recent recording, Ashcan Ranting received a myriad of critical praise including four stars in Downbeat.
“Lane’s music is genuine, accessible, fun. The music is deeply in touch with the essential pleasures of earwig-worthy tunes, fat bluesy grooves, and sheer tonal beauty.” - Downbeat Jan 2011