"Third Thursdays": w/former Ornette Coleman colleagues joining host Dave Bryant in April & May 2023

"Third Thursdays": announcing the spring lineup for April and May to launch the second year of this monthly harmolodic jazz series, with host keyboardist/composer Dave Bryant joined by fellow Ornette Coleman colleagues.
By: Dave Bryant Music
Dave Bryant (photo credit Daniel Kurganov)
Dave Bryant (photo credit Daniel Kurganov)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - March 29, 2023 - PRLog -- Cambridge-based keyboardist and composer Dave Bryant, a long-time sideman of free jazz legend Ornette Coleman, embarks on his second year of presenting his monthly "Third Thursdays" concerts, a harmolodic jazz series, with concert lineups already in place for April and May, which include visiting artists who were also former Ornette Coleman colleagues.

For April 20th, Bryant will be joined by members of the NYC-based Just Ornette Quartet, led by electric piccolo bassist Al MacDowell, a former Coleman collaborator, along with quartet members acoustic bassist Tony Falanga, also a former collaborator, and drummer Tony Lewis. MacDowell's veteran quartet is guided by Coleman's groundbreaking free jazz principles and explores his deep and diverse catalog of compositions.

For May 18th, Bryant has invited drummer and former Coleman colleague Gregg Bendian (https://www.bendianmusic.com/about), along with bassist Hilliard Greene (https://hilliardgreene.com/index.php/bio/), to join Bryant in a fully charged harmolodic trio format. This will be Bryant and Bendian's first performance together since the 2020 release of their Night Visitors CD with the late bassist Charnett Moffett.

Bryant notes that these two spring concerts, which will kick off the next 12-month round of "Third Thursdays" concerts, will "continue our mission of featuring Ornette Coleman sidemen—including Gregg Bendian, who memorably contributed to a performance of Ornette's chamber music, to Tony Falanga, who was an important part of Ornette's final quartets, and especially Al MacDowell, who was an indispensable member of three different Coleman ensembles."

All "Third Thursdays" concerts are held at the Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, located just outside Harvard Square, with the following basic information:
"Third Thursdays" with Dave Bryant and Friends: a monthly harmolodic jazz series. Held on the third Thursday of each month, starting at 8:00 pm. Further updates on each month's musical guests can be found at dbryantmusic.com/third-thursdays. Admission at the door: $10 (cash/check/charge). Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138. Contact information: bryantequilibria@gmail.com, 617-447-3030.

"Third Thursdays" summer roster of concerts will be announced by late April/early May. "Third Thursdays" performances and interviews have been documented at dbryantmusic.com/third-thursdays. Performance videos and interviews with former Coleman colleagues are also available at youtube.com/@davebryantmusic/videos (https://www.youtube.com/@davebryantmusic/videos)

Brief background information on "Third Thursdays" host and the series (also visit dbryantmusic.com)::
Dave Bryant ("Third Thursdays" host, keyboards) has been based in Cambridge, MA for many years. Early in his musical career, Bryant was a protégé of harmolodic jazz genius Ornette Coleman, having studied with him, then invited by Coleman to be the first electric keyboardist to perform in his Prime Time group. The "Third Thursdays with Dave Bryant and Friends" harmolodic jazz series began in April 2022, with the overall goal of showcasing a diverse range of Boston-area musical artists, as well as Dave's fellow Ornette Coleman sidemen.

The "Third Thursdays" harmolodic jazz series is funded in part by the Appalachian Springs Foundation (ASF), a private foundation located in Charleston, WV. As a nonprofit arts and educational organization, ASF has supported dance, film, music, and educational projects. Many of the "Third Thursdays" concert and interview videos that have been recorded since April 2022 can be found at dbryantmusic.com/third-thursdays.

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