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Afro-Haitian Roots Jazz w/Markus Schwartz & Lakou Brooklyn CDRelease Party / Performance Friday, Sept. 3rd, 2010 @ MIDNIGHT IridiumJazz Club

August 18, 2010

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From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo, jazzpromo@earthlink.net

Afro-Haitian Roots Jazz w/
Markus Schwartz & Lakou Brooklyn

CD Release Party / Performance
Friday, Sept. 3rd, 2010
Iridium Jazz Club
1650 Broadway (and 51st)
  NYC 10019

Markus Schwartz
(Haitian drums/percussion), Monvelyno Alexis (guitar),
Paul Beaudry (bass) & Jean Caze (trumpet/flugelhorn)

plus invited musical guests: Buyu Ambroise, Pauline Jean, Yosvany & Yunior Terry


Celebrating the release of
on Soundkeeper Recordings

"Recorded in a beautiful auditorium built in 1908, the music was captured in stereo, at 24/192 (high resolution)
and the dynamics of the performance were left fully intact.  The goal was to capture the sound of the band as they would be heard
by a listener present at the performance.Like the "old days", the players came in, played the songs
(making musical magic in the process) and at the end of four hours, we’d recorded an album."

-Barry Diament, Soundkeeper Recordings <

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Markus Schwartz grew up in an American household
surrounded by jazz and has devoted the last twenty years to learning the wealth and complexity of traditional Haitian religious music. Moving in and out of Haiti since the early 1990’s, Markus followed the lead of Haitian percussionists on pilgrimages into the countryside to lean the intricate and powerful drumming styles of the various lakou (historic religious compounds).

 Now a first call percussionist in the Haitian jazz community, Markus has performed and recorded with Haitian artists such as Mozayik (Afro-Haitian jazz quintet), Emeline Michel, Beethova Obas, Azor, Foula, Dadi Beaubrun, Eddy Francois and Wyclef Jean, among many others. His most recent release, "Tanbou Nan Lakou Brooklyn/Haitian Drums in the Brooklyn Yard" went to #3 on the JazzWeek world music charts.  Markus lives in the heart of Lakou Brooklyn.


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