All-Star NYC Group Venture hits the stage at Nighttown for Weekend Extravaganza!
Featuring: Mark Sherman-piano/vibes, Felix Pastorius-bass, Mike Clark-drums & Chase Baird-sax.
VENTURE: featuring drummer Mike Clark, bassist Felix Pastorius, vibraphonist/pianist Mark Sherman, and tenor Chase Baird, have individually performed globally as leaders with tours of North America, South America, Europe , Asia, Africa, and Australia. VENTURE brings a deeply rooted POST BOP/FUSION approach to a program of originals and standards that convincingly carry on the art form with a potent level of invigorating musicianship. Their music is relentlessly energetic, hard charging, and brimming with incredible improvisations from their collective refined skills, and deep commitment to the art form itself. The members of VENTURE have recorded on over 200 CD recordings as sidemen, 30 CD’s as leaders. When witnessing a VENTURE performance, one will be captivated by the intensely powerful, groove oriented feeling that transpires from this quad generational band.
Esteemed vibraphonist and composer, Mark Sherman, has worked with Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli, Michael Brecker, Larry Coryell, and Kenny Barron and is frequently heard on Broadway, as well as in a long list of blockbuster films. Sherman is currently on faculty at The Juilliard School and runs Miles High Records. Across these extremely competitive fields, Sherman stands out as an expressive, versatile, and consistently inspiring artist.
For Felix Pastorius, music is a family tradition. His grandfather, "Jack" Pastorius, was a stand-up jazz drummer, who sang while he swang. Felix's dad was legendary bassist, "Jaco" Pastorius. Felix has toured world-wide with the Yellowjackets. He's earned his place, learned to navigate, and he's here to take you for a ride.
A true ambassador of rhythm, Mike Clark is known around the world for his diverse and innovative playing. He brings that spark to whatever genre-- blues, funk post bop. He gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock and The Headhunters in the early seventies. His incisive playing on Hancock’s “Actual Proof” garnered him an international cult following and influenced generations of drummers. His versatility led him to a two-year stint with Brand X, the British jazz/rock fusion band founded by Phil Collins.
He has worked with jazz artists including Brad Mehldau, Antonio Sánchez, Nir Felder, Dan Chmielinski, Mike Clark, Mark Sherman and Thana Alexa as well as pop and rock artists including Chaka Khan and Matthew Morrison