"Wire and Bone": a "Third Thursdays" CD release: w/Bryant, Tacuma, Garzone, Bowman, Wessel, Hofbauer

"Wire and Bone": CD release concert with Dave Bryant (keys/host), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (bass), George Garzone (tenor sax), Kenny Wessel (guitar), Eric Hofbauer (guitar), and Chris Bowman (drums); held near Harvard Square in May, 2024.
By: Dave Bryant Music
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Wire and Bone CD back cover photo (p.c. J. Tacuma)
Wire and Bone CD back cover photo (p.c. J. Tacuma)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - April 26, 2024 - PRLog -- Dave Bryant first convened the quartet of Jamaaladeen Tacuma (bass), George Garzone (tenor sax), and Chris Bowman (drums) in 1989 for a weekend at the now-defunct Willow Jazz Club in Somerville MA. They reunited some 29 years later for a December 2018 recording session that has resulted in their new release, "Wire and Bone."

They are joined on the recording by guitarists Kenny Wessel and Eric Hofbauer. All six musicians will be appearing together at May's "Third Thursdays" concert.

Bryant notes, "I'm really thrilled to bring together these wonderful musicians with whom I've cemented strong relationships over many years: Jamaaladeen, a mentor from my earliest days studying with Ornette Coleman in the '80s; George, a favorite teacher and mentor at Berklee; Chris, a Berklee classmate and longtime bandmate in the Shock Exchange trio; Kenny, a close colleague in Ornette Coleman's Prime Time; and Eric, a collaborator on several more recent projects and our Jazz Department Head at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. We have all worked together in many different configurations, and enjoyed great friendships. This should be a very special evening!"

Listing info for the May concert:
"Wire and Bone" : CD release party, with Dave Bryant, George Garzone, Kenny Wessel, Eric Hofbauer, Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Chris Bowman. Part of the "Third Thursdays" monthly harmolodic jazz series with "Dave Bryant and Friends." On Thursday May 16, 8:00 pm. Admission at the door: $10 (cash/check/charge/venmo). Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138. Complimentary Third Thursdays concert parking is available at the Everett Street Garage at 10 Everett Street in Cambridge. For further information: dbryantmusic.com/third-thursdays/, bryantequilibria@gmail.com, 617-447-3030.

Bryant's "Third Thursdays" monthly harmolodic jazz series, which commenced in the Spring of 2022, has been extended for another 12 months, from April 2024 through March 2025. The Spring 2024 lineup of concerts, which Bryant hosts and performs in, wraps up next month with the following performance. [The schedule of Summer into early Fall monthly concerts will be made available soon after.]:
-- June 20:  "Listen To This", the electric Miles Davis tribute band, returns to "Third Thursdays" with Jerome Deupree (https://www.facebook.com/deupreejerome) (drums), Russ Gershon (https://www.facebook.com/russ.gershon.1/) (woodwinds and keyboards), Bryan Murphy (https://www.facebook.com/bryass) (trumpet), Todd Brunel (https://www.clarinetconspiracy.com/home) (bass clarinet), Dave Bryant (keyboards), J Johnson (https://www.facebook.com/sendai77) (guitar), Rick McLaughlin (https://www.rickmclaughlin.com/) (bass), and Rick Barry (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100013823226802) (percussion).

Further background information on "Third Thursdays" curator and host:
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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ornette_Coleman), having studied with him, then invited by Coleman to be the first electric keyboardist to perform in his Prime Time group. Bryant joined Prime Time in 1990, touring worldwide and performing on Prime Time's Tone Dialing album. Bryant's own first album, Shock Exchange, with liner notes by Coleman, was recorded in 1986 with his trio at that time, bassist John Turner and percussionist Chris Bowman. In 1999, Bryant released The Eternal Hang with Turner, Bowman, George Garzone, Bob Gullotti, and recording engineer Roger Nichols. That same year he performed on the John Tchicai/Charlie Kolhase Quintet disc, Life Overflowing, which was named "Jazz Album of the Year" by Boston Music Awards. In 2015, Bryant released The Garden of Equilibria, which features performances by Bryant, performing in a variety of settings, both acoustic and electric, with Tom Hall, Neil Leonard, Curt Newton, Eric Rosenthal, Jeff Song, and Jacob William. Bryant's Night Visitors is a 2020 collaboration with bassist Charnett Moffett and percussionist Gregg Bendian, which "finds Bryant adapting the Coleman aesthetic to an intensely personal ripple and rumble piano style" (Mike Hobart, jazz critic for the Financial Times). Jazz journalist Howard Mandel considered Night Visitors one of the best jazz albums of 2020. Other credits include performances with Leroy Jenkins, Bern Nix, Eric Person, Badal Roy, Wadada Leo Smith, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Calvin Weston, and more. Bryant has also performed and lectured in Chicago, San Francisco, Paris, and Istanbul. Bryant teaches at Longy School of Music of Bard College. dbryantmusic.com (http://www.dbryantmusic.com/)

Further details on the "Third Thursdays" monthly series:
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. Supported by the Appalachian Springs Foundation (ASF) (https://dbryantmusic.com/asf-statement/), the series starts its third year in April 2024.

The intent of "Third Thursdays" is to provide a venue for free jazz improvising artists, both local and national, to perform their work in an acoustically sympathetic performance space with professional video and sound recording to document the event. Dave Bryant was a long-time student and sideman of free jazz legend Ornette Coleman as a member of Coleman's Prime Time group. Consequently, another key purpose of the series is to document the experiences, reminiscences, and musical contributions of members of Coleman's bands for presentation in a podcast. The series is providing well-deserved exposure locally and internationally for local free jazz artists and for Coleman collaborators as well as first-hand insights and information from those collaborators about Coleman's musical processes and philosophy.

All "Third Thursdays" concerts are held monthly at the Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, located a short walking distance from Harvard Square. Audience seating capacity will abide by whatever health and safety protocols are in place on any given month. The "Third Thursdays" harmolodic jazz series is funded in part by the Appalachian Springs Foundation (ASF), a private foundation located in Wheeling, WV. As a nonprofit arts and educational organization, ASF has supported dance, film, music, and educational projects. All 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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