Dynamic West Coast based Pianist leads All-Star East Coast/West Coast Octet playing The Music of Jazz Legend Oliver Nelson!
Very Special Guest Vocalist Jane Monheit from New York City!
Featuring: Bill Cunliffe-piano & leader, Martin Wind-bass, Tim Horner-drums, Scott Wendholt, trumpet, Chris Burge, alto sax, Scott Robinson, tenor sax, Paul Meyers, guitar
Bill Cunliffe - Jazz pianist, composer and Grammy Award-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe is known for his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions. Bill began his career as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked with Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and James Moody. He has since established himself as a solo artist and bandleader, with more than a dozen albums under his name.
Bill currently plays with his trio; his big band; his Latin band, Imaginación; and his classical-jazz ensemble, Trimotif. He performs in the U.S. and around the world as a leader and sideman as well as a soloist with symphony orchestras.
His latest recording is the Bill Cunliffe Trio album “River Edge, New Jersey,” with bassist Martin Wind and drummer Tim Horner, released in April by Azica Records.
Oliver Nelson - Oliver Nelson (1932 – 1975) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger, composer, and bandleader. He is perhaps best remembered for his 1961 Impulse! album The Blues and the Abstract Truth (1960), often regarded as being among the most significant recordings of its era. The centerpiece of the album is the definitive version of Nelson's composition, "Stolen Moments".
Jane Monheit - Blessed with “a voice of phenomenal beauty” (Stephen Holden, New York Times), Jane Monheit has had plenty of milestone moments in establishing herself as one of today’s best and most important vocalist-musicians.At the young age of 20, Jane became first runner-up in the 1998 Thelonious Monk Institute’s vocal competition.
Soon after, Jane released her stunning debut album, Never Never Land, featuring Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, and Lewis Nash. The first of four recordings for N-Coded—a label founded by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen with Phil Ramone—the album was voted Best Recording Debut by the Jazz Journalists Association and stayed on the Billboard jazz chart for a year.
Come Dream with Me (N-Coded) followed in 2001 with a No. 1 debut on the Billboard jazz chart. Live at the Rainbow Room (2003, DVD/CD) documents a performance at the iconic New York club with a full band and Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alan Broadbent.
The albums kept coming, reflecting Monheit’s dual interests in jazz and cabaret.
With her new album, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald—the Long Island native has surprised even herself with her artistic leap. Jane had thought about recording an Ella tribute for a long time. Fitzgerald’s beloved songbook albums held “Biblical” importance for her when she was growing up and have never lost their hold on her.