MP3 Four Across - JAZZ: Modern Creative Jazz
"the best new jazz quartet that I’ve heard in recent years. About to rank among the premier contemporary jazz groups. Fresh, young, and talented. " - Bud Young, KBCS FM, Bud’s Jazz Records and Tapes, Seattle, WA
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JAZZ: Modern Creative Jazz, JAZZ: Jazz quartet
FOUR ACROSS is an exciting jazz quartet focused on creating new improvised music. The group skillfully blends influences from organic folk melody, to latin and new orleans grooves, while maintaining roots within traditional jazz. The members have performed at festivals and jazz venues in Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Panama, Canada, The Netherlands and Japan, as well as across the United States.
"Four Across" represents what I love most about jazz! This ensemble has vision for the present and future while truly honoring the past. Strong compositions along with great solos and inventive interplay makes Four Across a repeat play on my ipod. Five Stars all the way!" Ray Vega, trumpet player.
JOSH DEUTSCH - Trumpet player and composer Josh Deutsch currently lives in Eugene Oregon where he performs in a variety of musical settings with numerous groups including the Josh Deutsch Quintet and the Poisonous Birds. A native of Seattle, Josh moved to Boston, Massachussetts in 2000, where he attended the New England Conservatory of Music, working with Danilo Perez, Bob Brookmeyer, John McNeil, Allan Chase and Lee Hyla, receiving a Bachelor of Music in 2004. In 2006, Josh received a Graduate Teaching Fellowship to the University of Oregon, where he is currently pursuing a Master''s Degree in Jazz Performance and Composition.
CARMEN STAAF - A native of Seattle, WA, jazz pianist and accordionist Carmen Staaf has performed internationally at the Festa do Jazz do Teatro Sao Luiz in Lisbon, Portugal, the Panama Jazz Festival, the KlezMORE Festival in Vienna, and at the Concurso de Jovenes Jazzistas (Young Jazz Musicians Contest) in Havana, Cuba. As a winner of the 2004 IAJE Sisters in Jazz Competition, she performed at the 2005 IAJE Conference in Long Beach, California and the Kennedy Center Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. Carmen has worked with Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone and Stefon Harris, and has shared the stage with other musical greats including Dave Liebman, Rufus Reid and Ernestine Anderson. She leads her own group, which recently recorded, and co-leads the Staaf Quartet, which recorded its eponymous debut in 2004. She recently also recorded with trumpeter Peter Kenagy, and currently performs with the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra, Michael Winograd, and Susan Watts and the Fabulous Shpielkehs. Carmen is a faculty member at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
KENDALL EDDY - Kendall Eddy Grew up in Arlington, VA with stops in Bainbridge Island, WA and Harrisonburg, VA. Kendall studied acoustic bass and received a bachelors degree from James Madison University and went on to complete a masters degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. Kendall currently maintains a busy performing and teaching schedule. He has performed in Japan, Norway and Italy, as well as across the United States.
BRIAN ADLER- Drummer Brian Adler is well versed in many forms of improvised music including jazz, avant-garde, folk, and Indian music. He is known for his uniquely delicate, earthy sound and sparseness on the drums and his creative style of organic composition using ancient texts as a framework. Brian has had the privilege of sharing the stage with: Ran Blake, Bob Brookmeyer, Dave "Fuze" Fiuczynski, Dave Holland, Erik Lawrence, Joe Lovano, Kate McGarry, Stomu Takeishi, and Ray Vega. In 2004, Adler founded Circavision Productions, a record label, production company and music initiative centered on the use of organic improvisation, sacred texts, mixed media, digital relations and worldwide partnerships that are able to stimulate, challenge and enrich the minds of listeners. Brian holds a Bachelor''s Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.
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