Preservation New Jersey • 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing • PO Box 7815• West Trenton, NJ 08628
Grand Opening Festival
Jazz Music Series:
Lucas Brown Quartet
Friday, April 8, 2016, 7:00 pm
at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
(Sorry for the wobbles in this live recording)
Preservation New Jersey is pleased to present the Lucas Brown Quartet in the gorgeous acoustics of the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing!
Featuring Lucas Brown - piano, Victor North - saxophone, Matt Parrish - Bass, Byron Landham - drums, the Lucas Brown Quartet is well known for Straight-ahead Jazz in the Philadelphia tradition, hard-swinging and exciting, and always with an innovative twist. Recalling music at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus in Philadelphia, original compositions, arrangements and a few Jazz classics are on tap!
Lucas Brown is a performing artist and composer, a graduate of Temple University where he studied Jazz Performance at the Esther Boyer College of Music. He studied there with Terell Stafford, Bruce Barth, Ed Flanagan, Tom Lawton, Ben Schacter and others. His formal musical training began at age 5, studying classical piano. In junior high school he began to study jazz guitar and subsequently began to teach himself organ as well. Lucas has studied classical composition with Robert Convery and Mark Rimple, classical organ with Jonathan Bowen and organ improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart.
As a performer, Lucas has held down the organ chair for almost 15 years with saxophone legend, Bootsie Barnes. He is a member of the group Three Blind Mice along with saxophonist Victor North and drummer Wayne Smith Jr. and leads his own organ trio, Skyline. Lucas collaborates frequently with many other great Philadelphians including a quartet that includes Byron Landham and John Swana. In 2012, the Three Blind Mice were named to the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT) artist roster.
Lucas has extensive recording credits and has performed with many noted musicians. The list includes Pat Martino, Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, Larry McKenna, Terell Stafford, Gerald Veasley, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Tim Armacost, Conrad Herwig, Joe Magnarelli, Tim Warfield, Steve Turre, Ralph Bowen, Mickey Roker, Billy James, Grant Stewart, Duane Eubanks, and Sean Jones. Lucas has also appeared at festivals in Nashville, Omaha, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Cape May and Somers Point as well as notable clubs including the Blue Note in Manhattan, The Jazz Standard, Smoke, Fat Cat, and The Smithsonian Museum and Blues Alley in Washington DC.
Currently, Lucas performs regularly in Philadelphia, including every Wednesday evening with his organ trio at Heritage in the Northern Liberties neighborhood. He serves as organist at Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. Lucas is an adjunct professor of music at Temple University and teaches privately in his own studio and at the Keswick Music Works in Glenside. Beginning in the Fall of 2015, Lucas has been a student of Alan Morrison while pursuing his Masters at Westminster Choir College. He resides with his wife in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia.
On March 19, Lucas's upcoming performance with his quartet at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing was featured on Jeff Duperon's show on WRTI-FM Philadelphia. For more about Lucas Brown, visit his web site, www.lucasbrownjazz.com.
In the ‘90s, Byron “Wookie” Landham (www.byronwookielandham.com/) came to be recognized as one of the top jazz drummers in Philadelphia, where he has been employed by well known hard bop and soul-jazz improvisers like organist/trumpeter Joey DeFrancesco and the late organist/pianist Shirley Scott. And Landham also has a fine reputation outside of Philly; the non-Philadelphians who have used him as a sideman range from guitarists Lee Ritenour and Randy Johnston to tenor saxophonist Houston Person.
Landham has also been employed by the late vocalist Betty Carter, although that association isn't typical of his resume—the adventurous, risk-taking Carter had a reputation for being avant-garde, whereas Landham has focused primarily on hard bop and soul-jazz. Philly is Landham's home town; he was born and raised in the Pennsylvania city, where he began playing the drums at the age of seven. Landham was still a student at Olney High School (in the city's Olney section) when, at 17, he was hired to play some live gigs with Shirley Scott. By the time he was old enough to vote, the drummer had played quite a few club gigs in and around Philly. Landham considered Scott a mentor, and he felt the way same way about three Philly-based drummers who influenced his playing: Mickey Roker, Bobby Durham and Butch Ballard. That isn't to say that every drummer who influenced Landham lived in Philly; other drummers who had an impact on his playing included Art Blakey, Max Roach and Kenny Clarke (among others).
In the ‘90s, Landham became a fixture in Philly jazz venues (especially a club called Ortlieb's Jazzhaus) and often played alongside people who were highly regarded in that city—including trumpeter John Swana, pianists Orrin Evans and Sid Simmons, organist Papa John DeFrancesco (Joey DeFrancesco's father) and veteran tenor saxophonist Bootsie Barnes (who commands a devoted following in Philly but isn't well known outside the city). Another musician Landham has played with extensively is Joey DeFrancesco, who employed the drummer on several of his albums in the ‘90s or early 2000s. It was also during the ‘90s that Landham's reputation spread way beyond Philly, resulting in appearances on albums by Houston Person, tenor saxman Ron Holloway, guitarist Russell Malone and others.
In 1998, Landham and his brother Robert Landham (an alto saxophonist) recorded an album as the Landham Brothers: At Last, which was released on the Straight Street label. Landham was still based in Philly in the early 2000s, but by that point, his playing was so in-demand that he was spending an average of four to five months on the road every year.
Saxophonist Victor North came to Philadelphia from Alaska, after a year at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, to immerse himself in the “City Of Brotherly Love’s” rich jazz culture which has been home to so many jazz greats, most notably, John Coltrane, who became a major influence of Victor’s as a teenager in the far away North. Some of the many great musicians that Victor has had the opportunity to work with since moving to the East Coast are Mickey Roker, Charles Fambrough, John Swana, Orrin Evans, Terrel Stafford, Ronnie Burrage, Jimmy Bruno, Duane Eubanks, Duck Scott, Byron Landham, organists Pat Bianchi and Jared Gold and he spent five years playing with Afro-Cuban Jazz pianist, Elio Villafranca. For the last twelve years, Victor has led his own group, Three Blind Mice, with organist Lucas Brown and drummer Wayne Smith, Jr., who released their first CD, The Outsider, in 2012. Victor is also a founding member of the Captain Black Big Band and appears on their first two CD’s, Captain Black Big Band and Mother’s Touch. Victor continues to lead his own groups and work as a sideman throughout the Philadelphia/Tri-State Area.
Matthew Parrish has performed and recorded with many of the top names in jazz. His beautiful, warm and complex sound has earned him an impressive reputation in the music community. You can find Matthew at venues all over the world. Born in Fresno, California, Matt finally settled in New Jersey for high school. This lead to Matt's tenure at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts. From there Matt moved to Philadelphia where his music studies really began at Ortliebs Jazz Haus. A few nights here and there turned into a year of playing almost every night. Matthew considers himself an East Coast player, having learned how to really play jazz in Philly.
At Ortliebs, Matt played with Mickey Roker and Shirley Scott. As a trio they backed everyone from Cecil Payne, Johnny Coles, and Sylvia Simms to Danny Turner. Soon Matthew was partnered with Bobby Durham and the late Al Grey. While on tour with Al Grey, Matt performed with Clark Terry, Marion McPartland, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lou Donaldson, Joe Cohn, Savion Glover, Bill Charlap and many others and fine-tuned his arranging and composing talents for himself and a variety of clients. At present, Matt enjoys touring with the Regina Carter Quintet and pianist Dave Leonhardt’s group.
A CAN'T MISS ROSTER for Friday night, at a great ticket price for live music at a convenient venue!!!
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April 6, 2016
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