Since the Jazz Update formed in 2010, with band leader Jeff Antoniuk on saxophone, Wade Beach on piano, Tom Baldwin on bass, and Tony Martucci on drums, they have delighted jazz lovers with their skill and repertoire. These four masters of jazz idioms have displayed creative genius in their interpretations of jazz standards and in their original compositions. They’ll do so again at Twins Jazz in Washington, D.C. on October 17 and 18.
Bandleader Jeff Antoniuk is not satisfied with simply performing standards with verve and finesse: as a long-time jazz educator, he enriches the band’s performances by giving audiences insight into the composers and history behind them. The band’s educational tribute concerts have focused on greats such as Monk, Mingus, and Coltrane. This one highlights tunes associated with Blue Note Records.
Blue Note was established in 1939, deriving its name from the characteristic "blue notes" of jazz and blues. Originally dedicated to recording traditional jazz and small group swing, from 1947 the label began to switch its attention to modern jazz and produced significant recordings of Thelonious Monk, Fats Navarro, and Bud Powell. The Jazz Update will be playing some of the classic “hard bop” music that later defined Blue Note and its artists, along with original compositions from their two critically acclaimed albums, Here Today and Brotherhood.
Program highlights include Coltrane’s “Moment’s Notice,” from the famed 1957 album Blue Train. One of the most important recordings ever made on the label, it is fast, tricky and melodic. Horace Silver’s “Song for My Father,” has inspired musicians of all genres for years, including Steely Dan with their song “Ricky Don’t Lose That Number.” The Jazz Update will also cover Herbie Hancock’s “Eye of the Hurricane,” from his seminal album Maiden Voyage. The energetic tune is rarely performed due to its complicated, metrically shifting melody, but the band tears it up!
Antoniuk’s jazz education career includes many years teaching jazz at Towson University before going on to establish several adult jazz education programs (see www.wannaplayjazz.com). But his whole group could easily be called "The Jazz Professors.” Each member has a long and illustrious career teaching jazz at the college level. Their Twins concert promises to give the audience new insight and appreciation for some of the most exciting and significant jazz tunes of the last 60 years.