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Tribute to Joe Murányi

The EarRegulars feat. Béla Szalóky
"Joe Murányi: A tribute from America and Hungary"
March 9, 2015 | Doors 7pm | Concert 7.30pm
Jewish Community Center in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue by 76th Street
The performance is free, RSVP at EVENTBRITE
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Revisit the music of Louis Armstrong and Joe Murányi as interpreted by the cream of today's trad jazz scene!
Joe Murányi (1928-2012), affectionately called "Hungarian Joe" by his bandleader, the great Louis Armstrong, was not just a traditional jazz clarinetist extraordinaire, but a record producer, activist and jazz writer. Born to Jewish Hungarian parents, his legacy is a testament to the cultural impact of immigrants of Hungary to the United States.
Joe Murányi was legendary for his skills and his kindness, no wonder that an all-star line-up of traditional jazz players has come together to commemorate him. Performing their tribute only once in New York, catch Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), Matt Munisteri (guitar), Pat O'Leary (bass), Scott Robinson (saxophone) and Béla Szalóky (trombone) from Hungary as a special guest.
 

Joe Murányi: The Power of a Dream

by Scott Robinson
At a reception following my graduation from Berklee College of Music in 1981, I asked one of my teachers, John LaPorta, for any advice he might have for me. He thought for a moment and then said, "You have to be able to see yourself doing what it is you want. When you can really see yourself doing it, then whatever it is will start to come to you." Over the years I have found that this is true... and a great example of it is Joe Murányi.
At Joe's memorial service, a lifelong friend who had known him since grade school spoke for several fascinating minutes about their long relationship. It was a revelation to me to learn that the young clarinetist's dream of playing with Louis Armstrong actually went back that far, with Joe's friend telling him through the years, "Someday you're going to get that call!"
Joe must have really been able to see himself playing with Pops... for he did finally get "that call." The dream came true for him, and his life was changed forever.
When  Murányi left us in April 2012, the jazz world lost a friend, a mentor and an inspiration. Someone who knew how to dream big, and who made all our lives the richer for it.

Scott Robinson
One of today's most wide-ranging instrumentalists, Scott Robinson has been heard on tenor sax with Buck Clayton's band, on trumpet with Lionel Hampton's quintet, on alto clarinet with Paquito D'Rivera's clarinet quartet, and on bass sax with the New York City Opera. On these and other instruments including theremin and ophicleide, he has been heard with a cross-section of jazz's greats representing nearly every imaginable style of the music, from Braff to Braxton. Primarily a tenor saxophonist, Scott placed directly below the great Sonny Rollins in this year's DownBeat Readers Poll. Scott has been heard numerous times on film, radio and television, and his discography now includes more than 235 recordings. His releases as a leader have garnered five-star reviews from Leonard Feather, Down Beat Magazine and other sources worldwide, and have appeared in many "Best of the Year" lists. Scott's collaborators on disc have included Frank Wess, Hank Jones, Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, and Bob Brookmeyer, and he has been a member of Maria Schneider's Orchestra for twenty years.
A busy traveler, Scott has performed in some forty nations, once completing tours on five continents in a three-month period. He has performed in such diverse and prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Village Vanguard, the Library of Congress and the Vienna Opera House. His performances for dignitaries worldwide have included a U.S. Presidential Inauguration and a command performance honoring the birthday of the king of Thailand. Scott's group was selected to be the closing act at the Knitting Factory's Sun Ra Festival in New York City. Scott has also written magazine articles and liner notes, and was an invited speaker at the Congressional Black Caucus Jazz Forum in Washington, D.C.
Scott has been a staunch advocate for creative music around the world. He was selected by the US State Department to be a Jazz Ambassador for 2001, completing an eight-week, eleven-country tour of West Africa performing his arrangements of the compositions of Louis Armstrong (later featured on his CD Jazz Ambassador). In 2012, Scott served as artist-in-residence at the week-long Ancona Summer Jazz Festival in Italy. He is currently serving each June as musical host of the annual Louis Armstrong Jazz Festival in Hungary.
Scott's many works as a composer cover a very wide range, from solo performance pieces, jazz tunes and songs, and chamber works such as his Immensities for Large Instruments, on up to large-scale compositions for wind band, symphony orchestra, and even combined orchestras.
The son of a piano teacher and a National Geographic writer/editor, Scott Robinson was born on April 27, 1959 in New Jersey, and grew up in an eighteenth century Virginia farmhouse. While in high school, he received the "Louis Armstrong Award," and the "Best Soloist Award" from the National Association of Jazz Educators. In 1981, he graduated from Boston's Berklee College of Music, and a year later became, at 22, Berklee's youngest faculty member.
Since moving to New York in 1984, Scott has been awarded four fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, and participated in a number of Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning recordings. He has been profiled in new editions of the Encyclopedia of Jazz and Grove's Dictionary of Jazz, along with books by Royal Stokes, Nat Hentoff and others. In 1997, a 4-minute CNN program featured Scott and the giant contrabass saxophone which he used on his CD, Thinking Big. Scott has been the winner of a number DownBeat Critics Polls and Jazz Journalists Association awards in recent years.
Now a resident of Teaneck, NJ, Scott has constructed a studio/laboratory for sonic research, containing an astonishing assortment of instruments and devices. His first solo and collaborative recordings from this facility have begun to appear under his own ScienSonic Laboratories imprint. ScienSonic Laboratories, LLC has released some highly creative and far-reaching projects including Nucleus, Creative Music for 3 Bass Saxophones, and Live at Space Farms featuring longtime Sun Ra saxophonist Marshall Allen. In 2012, ScienSonic's recordings were certified by the Space Foundation as Certified Space Imagination Products, entitled to bear the Foundation's certification seal. Projects from ScienSonic Laboratories include recordings with Frank Kimbrough, Emil Viklicky, Marshall Allen, Henry Grimes and Roscoe Mitchell.
Under the Doc-Tone imprint, Scott recently released Bronze Nemesis, a CD featuring 12 compositions based on the exploits of 1930s pulp adventure hero Doc Savage. This project, ten years in the making, was greeted with extensive press coverage in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, DownBeat and elsewhere. The group, known as the "Doctette", will perform at this year's Newport Jazz Festival.
An endorsing artist for Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces since the mid-eighties, Scott has recently been signed to Denis Wick of London as an artist/endorser of their products for brass.
A respected performer in all areas of jazz, from traditional to avant-garde, Scott Robinson has arrived at his own unique musical voice which, as once described in a Northsea Jazz Festival program, "combines solid foundations with great daring".

Matt Munisteri
Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Matt Munisteri is a Brooklyn native who grew up as almost assuredly the only bluegrass banjo player on his block. As one of “New York’s finest vintage guitar stylists” (Downbeat Magazine), but also a player who’s at home in a range of musical styles and eras, Matt routinely works with a wide range of artists, from folk and pop, to mainstream jazz and even avant-garde. In the last few years he has most often worked with the singer Catherine Russell, violinist Mark O’Connor, and Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra. A few other notables over the years include the instrumentalists Kenny Davern, Andy Stein, Matt Glaser, Vince Giordano, Jenny Scheinman, Rachelle Garniez, Jon-Erik Kellso, Evan Christopher, Bob Wilbur, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Frank Vignola; and the singers Loudon Wainwright, Holly Cole, Madeline Peyroux, Diana Krall, “Little” Jimmy Scott, and Geoff Muldaur. He also has played and sang on a wide range of movie soundtracks, television shows, and commercials. His own compositions and playing reflect this life-long devotion to the history of  American Popular song; linking rural and urban, long-gone and contemporary. Matt’s CD “Love Story” was number two on Amazon’s list of the top ten jazz CDs of 2003. His newest CD "Still Runnin' 'Round in the Wilderness; The Lost Music Of Willard Robison Vol I" has been getting raves and has been the subject of several features on NPR broadcasts in 2013.

Patrick O'Leary
Bassist Patrick O'Leary, born in Buffalo, New York, and now living in Elmhurst, New York, studied piano and bass at The Crane School of Music, where he received a bachelor's degree. He has toured the world with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, the Illinois Jacquet Orchestra and Bob Dorough. Other leading artists with whom O'Leary has played include saxophonists Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, and James Moody, pianist Marian McPartland, vocalists Joe Williams and Marlena Shaw, and vocalist/pianist Diana Krall.  As a Kennedy Center/Department of State Jazz Ambassador, O'Leary toured several African countries, SouthEast Asia and Central and South America with Scott Robinson, Larry Ham, Bill Heid and Bob Dorough. Pat arranged and composed "The Montenegro Jazz Suite" and "The Balkan Jazz Suite" for Choir, Orchestra and Jazz Quartet.

Jon-Erik Kellso
Trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso started playing professionally in and around Detroit, Michigan where he was born in 1964. Jon began early, playing in a big band at age 11, in the International Youth Symphony at age 13, and in a concert alongside cornetist Wild Bill Davison at age 17. Kellso played with a wide variety of groups there, including the J.C. Heard Orchestra.
In '88 Jon-Erik joined James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band with whom he's made appearances throughout North America, concertized on PBS TV, and recorded extensively.
Since moving to New York City in 1989 to join Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, Jon has enjoyed performing and recording with the likes of Ralph Sutton, Dan Barrett, Howard Alden, Marty Grosz, Milt Hinton, Bob Haggart, Dick Hyman, Catherine Russell, Linda Ronstadt, Leon Redbone, Levon Helm, Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Ken Peplowski, Bob Wilbur, and Kenny Davern.
Recent engagements include a week in Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola with Wynton Marsalis celebrating Louis Armstrong's Hot 5s and 7s; leading the EarRegulars at the Detroit Jazz Fest and Moab Music Fest; various appearances on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" live Public Radio International show, including a live cinecast to movie theaters everywhere with Elvis Costello; several jazz fest at sea cruises; concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with John Lithgow; tours of the U.S. and Japan with Ken Peplowski's Kingdom of Swing big band; annual appearances in jazz clubs and festivals in New Orleans; and jazz parties, festivals, and concerts all over the world.
At home in New York City Kellso has been leading The EarRegulars featuring guitarist Matt Munisteri and various guest artists at the Ear Inn on Sunday nights since 2007. On Mondays and Tuesdays Jon plays with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks at Iguana on West 54th Street. Aside from these steadies, Jon can also be seen performing at all the great NYC venues, including Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, the Blue Note, the Iridium, the Jazz Standard, Small's, etc.
Jon-Erik can be heard on several television and movie soundtracks, including “Ghost World,” "The Aviator," "The Good Shepherd," and "Revolutionary Road" with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. He was on screen in "Revolutionary Road," and can also be seen and heard in the current HBO series, "Boardwalk Empire."
Jon is on well over a hundred CDs, including five as a leader and three with Ruby Braff. Jon pays tribute to Braff on his "Remembering Ruby" CD, on Gen-Erik Records. His latest Arbors release, "Blue Roof Blues: A Love Letter to New Orleans," is dedicated to Jon's friends in the Crescent City and all those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Béla Szalóky
Jazz trombonist, trumpetist, conductor of the ORCHESTRA OF THE HUNGARIAN POLICE (aka POLICE BIG BAND HUNGARY), trumpet player of the Benko Dixieland Band, freelance photographer. Master of Arts degree in jazz at „Liszt Ferenc” Academy of Music in Budapest (1995). Often described as a „multiphonic artist”, since -besides the trombone- he also plays the flugelhorn, the trumpet, the cornet, the valve-trombone, the euphonium, the bass-trumpet, the Es-Althorn, the tuba. Mr. Szalóky is primarily a mainstream, traditional jazz, swing player, but also experienced in bebop jazz and contemporary composition music.
Started his career at age 15 in Heptone Dixieland Jazz Band, which he himself was the leader of. At age of 14 he was played as a guest soloist with the famous Benko Dixieland Band. Later -as a member of Oldsmobile Dixieland Jazz Band- he started to perform all around the World. He played in Gran Canaria, in the USA, almost every major city in Europe, even on the Mauritius Island. His career continued in Hot Jazz Band. With them played several times in concerts in France as partcipants of jazz festivals. The Band was 1st Prize winner of the „International Louis Armstrong” Competition in Le Havre commemorating the 50th anniversary of D-day. He was a member of the Budapest Ragtime Band, which is one of the oldest hungarian traditional bands. He was making tours with the BRB in Europe and in the United States of America.
Played with as the first trombonist of, a band of five trombonists. In 1998,as the lead trombonist of the Hungarian Jazz Trombone Company  he made an album with the american jazz-trombone phenomen, the legendary  Carl Fontana. He was playing with the famous Metropole Orchestra, the EBU Big Band, the Trombone Workshop 3/4 9, worked together with Joe Muranyi, Warren Vaché, Scott Hamilton, Scott Robinson, Alan Vaché, Ted Rosenthal, Patti Austin, Mike Vax, Frank Foster, George Benson, Tommy Sanders, Jennifer Leitham, Alvin Queen, Vince Bartels, Reggie Johnson, Doug Sides, Joan Faulkner, Dan Nimmer, John Allred, David Wong, Peter Van Nostrand, Mike Smith, Edwin Morgan, Bill Miller (Frank Sinatra’s piano player for 46 Years), Jiggs Whigham,  Bob Chmel, Walt Johnson, Jim Fox, Paul Rostock, Jeff Morrison, Jim Fox , Mark Fosset,  Marcel Zanini,  Acker Bilk, Irakli, Tomas Stanko, Stjepko Gut, Christian Muthspiel, Vladimir Tarasov, Birelli Lagrene, ,Ed Neumeister, Bill Reichenbach, Bart Van Lier, Vince Mendoza, Mike Abene, Tommy Vig, Terry Woodson, Earl Sauls, Tardo Hammer...and many others. He was working also with Mr. Frank Sinatra Jr. He played with all key Hungarian jazz artists.

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