Cutting Edge Pianist takes the Stage at Nighttown with his All-Star Quintet!
Featuring: David Ake-piano, Ralph Alessi-trumpet, Peter Epstein-sax, Drew Gress-acoustic bass, & Mark Ferber-drums.
Pianist and composer David Ake has worked alongside some of the world's most creative musicians. Among his recordings are the solo-piano CD In Between, hailed by Jazz Times as “luminous” and “poignant;” Bridges (Down Beat : ****1/2); and the critically acclaimed Lake Effect, recorded during and inspired by his two years in Cleveland.
His most recent release, Humanities, features the renowned improvisers Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Ben Monder (guitar), Drew Gress (bass), and Mark Ferber (drums).
In addition to his extensive performance credits, Ake is an award-winning scholar and educator. He authored the books Jazz Cultures and Jazz Matters, and co-edited the essay collection Jazz/Not Jazz.
A former chair of the music department at Case Western Reserve University, he now chairs the Department of Musicology at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music.