THIS SATURDAY, NOV. 2!!!
“Three decades of picking obliques with Leroy Jenkins, Anthony Braxton and bending Monk-bebop-blues notes with the String Trio of New York have evolved guitarist James Emery into a formidable improviser/composer/arranger with a particularly unique chordal-melodic-harmonic six-string flow. James Emery is special.”
— Tom Terrell, Jazz Times
Jazz at Atlas closes out its 2019 season with the acclaimed modern jazz guitarist James Emery. Co-founder of the renowned, pioneering ensemble String Trio of New York, Emery leads an accomplished chamber jazz trio featuring Rob DeBellis on alto saxophone, clarinet and flute and Kim Cass on bass.
The James Emery Trio will perform on Saturday, November 2 at 8 PM at Atlas Studios, located at 11 Spring St. in Newburgh, NY. Ample onsite parking is available. Tickets will be $25 at the door and $20 in advance — advance tickets are available at: https://jamesemery.brownpapertickets.com/ .
Co-founder of the chamber ensemble The String Trio of New York, virtuoso guitarist and composer James Emery has received international recognition for his distinctive and highly original approach to both improvisation and composition. Utilizing a full range of musical information, his sensibility draws in nearly equal measures upon formal notions of structure and technique and a robust willingness to improvise, experiment, and follow his musical knowledge – both as composer and player.
Artistic Director of the highly accomplished Sound Directions, Inc., James has been active as performer, oft-commissioned composer and inspiring educator on the international jazz and contemporary music scene since 1975, with over two dozen CDs as a leader or co-leader and live performances in more than 25 countries worldwide. His recordings have been described as “innovative and imaginative” and “utterly distinctive” by the Penguin Guide to Jazz, which selected his orchestral recording, Transformations for its edition titled “The History of Jazz in the 1001 Best Albums.” He has received international critical acclaim for his work leading various ensemble formations of jazz and creative music, particularly the String Trio of New York which is entering its fifth decade in 2019.
His unique artistic expression has resulted in many commissions including a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has also received awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cary Trust, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His compositions have been commissioned with funding from Chamber Music America, the Meet the Composer/Rockefeller/AT&T program, Meet the Composer’s Commissions USA program and the MTC/Lila Wallace Jazz Program.
As a distinguished sideman Emery has performed and recorded with a variety of contemporary music heavyweights, including Steve Reich, Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, Joe Lovano, Leroy Jenkins, and many others. A composer of great scope and depth, he has composed over 150 works for chamber groups, jazz ensembles, solo guitar, chamber orchestra and symphony orchestra.
Jazz at Atlas is a cooperative project of musician, writer and multimedia artist James Keepnews, and music researcher, radio host and Triple Point Records owner/producer Ben Young. Along with presenting performances by world-renowned creative musicians, J@A will also be offering listening sessions, dialogues with artists and classes covering the entire spectrum of creative music in all its varied manifestations around the world and throughout its history.