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JAZZ COMPOSERS COLLECTIVE CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY
FESTIVAL AT JAZZ STANDARD, NYC, NOVEMBER 6-11, 2012

(New York, August 6, 2012) This fall marks the 20th anniversary of the first JAZZ COMPOSERS COLLECTIVE concert. In celebration, the Collective will reprise its festival at the Jazz Standard in NYC on November 6-11, 2012. The festival’s program will feature 11 bands led by the Collective’s founding members: Ben Allison, Michael BlakeRon HortonFrank Kimbrough, and Ted Nash.

Jazz Composers Collective Festival FlyerFrom 1992 to 2005, the Collective was a strong organizational force on the NYC music scene dedicated to advancing the development and presentation of new music, while building new audiences for creative jazz. With a DIY ethos and an emphasis on artistic integrity, the Collective represented the ideals of a generation of composers and musicians working together to present jazz as ever-evolving music. The Collective’s annual concert series, which was a mainstay of NYC’s creative music scene for 12 seasons, featured the work of 50 composers, the participation of over 250 musicians and the premiere of over 300 new works.

“Today it’s commonplace for young jazz musicians to play mostly original compositions, but when I hit the scene in the late 1980s that was not the norm,” said bassist-composer and Collective founder Ben Allison. “What turned me on to jazz as a teenager was its renegade spirit and fearless experimentalism. Gradually, I discovered there were many musicians who felt the same way I did about the importance of working on new music. We started the Collective as a way to provide musicians with opportunities to create and perform original compositions. I’m thrilled to reunite with Michael, Ron, Frank, and Ted to revisit some of the music from that period and play new works too.”

The Jazz Standard is located at 116 East 27th Street, NYC. For reservations: 212-576-2232; www.jazzstandard.net

— JAZZ COMPOSERS COLLECTIVE 20th ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL @ JAZZ STANDARD —

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Ben Allison Band  7:30 & 9:30 PM
Ben Allison – bass
Steve Cardenas – guitar
Brandon Seabrook – guitar, banjo
Allison Miller – drums
Rogerio Boccato – percussion

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7
Frank Kimbrough Group  7:30 & 9:30 PM
Frank Kimbrough – piano
Steve Wilson – alto saxophone
Jay Anderson – bass
Lewis Nash – drums

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Ron Horton Sextet  7:30 PM
Ron Horton – trumpet
Marty Ehrlich – alto saxophone, clarinet
Ted Nash – tenor saxophone
Frank Kimbrough – piano
Ben Allison – bass
Tim Horner – drums

Ron Horton/Tim Horner Eleventet  9:30 PM
Marty Ehrlich – alto saxophone
John O’Gallagher – alto saxophone
Ted Nash – tenor saxophone
Marc Mommaas – tenor saxophone
Ron Horton – trumpet
Nate Ecklund – trumpet
Charley Gordon – trombone
John Hart – guitar
Frank Kimbrough – piano
Ben Allison – bass
Tim Horner – drums

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Ted Nash Double Quartet  7:30 PM
Ted Nash – saxophones
Nathalie Bonin – violin
Joyce Hammann – violin
Lev Zhurbin – viola
Tomas Ulrich – cello
Erik Charlston – vibraphone
Frank Kimbrough – piano
Ben Allison – bass
Tim Horner – drums

Ted Nash Quartet  9:30 PM
Ted Nash – saxophones
Ron Horton – trumpet
Paul Sikivie – Bass
Ulysses Owens – drums

Herbie Nichols Project  11:30 PM
Frank Kimbrough – piano
Ben Allison – bass
Ted Nash – saxophones
Michael Blake – saxophones
Ron Horton – trumpet
Michael Sarin – drums

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Michael Blake’s Elevated Quartet  7:30 PM
Michael Blake – saxophone
Frank Kimbrough – piano
Ben Allison – bass
Ferenc Nemeth – drums

Ben Allison & Medicine Wheel  9:30 PM
Ben Allison – bass
Ted Nash – saxophones
Michael Blake – saxophones
Ron Horton – trumpet
Frank Kimbrough – piano
Michael Sarin – drums

Ben Allison Plays the Music of Jim Hall  11:30 PM
Ben Allison – bass
Ted Nash – saxophones
Steve Cardenas – guitar

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Michael Blake Band  7:30 PM
Michael Blake – saxophones
Landon Knoblock – piano
Ryan Blotnick – guitar
Greg Richie – drums
Michael Bates – bass
Kirk Knuffke – trumpet

Herbie Nichols Project  9:30 PM
Frank Kimbrough – piano
Ben Allison – bass
Ted Nash – saxophones
Michael Blake – saxophones
Ron Horton – trumpet
Michael Sarin – drums