12/04 10:00 PM - $25.00
David Budway Trio
David Budway – piano
Neil Caine – bass
George Heid III – drums
“David Budway is a stellar and vastly underrated pianist.” – JazzTimes
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David Budway is one of the most versatile pianists on the New York music scene today. He is deeply rooted in many styles, including classical and rock music, but it’s his masterful command of the modern jazz vocabulary that has propelled him into the conversation of present day pioneers. His impressive MAXJAZZ debut release, “A New Kiss,” features a mix of jazz standards and originals with elements of classical music, Arabic improvisation and popular song. Budway is joined by a top-notch rhythm section consisting of bassist Eric Revis and drummer Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts. Special guests include saxophonists Branford Marsalis and Marcus Strickland, guitarist Ron Affif.
Budway remarks: “I was blessed to be exposed to music in one of its purest forms from birth. My father, a self-taught musician filled our tiny Pittsburgh home with instruments and the sounds of classical Arabic music. Through the wailing of his violin and the staccato of his zither, my siblings and I learned to hear Arabic quarter tones and rhythms, before we even knew what a note, beat or scale was. Between my mother’s love of music and my father’s dedication to his family, they managed to provide classical piano lessons for my 3 sisters and me at the young age of 5. By the time I was a teenager, the improvisational nature of Arabic music had naturally led me to jazz, and by the age of 16, I began studying the solos and compositions of Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Chick Corea and Sonny Clark. After a 15 year teaching career at my alma mater, Duquesne University, I did what my father, a dedicated family man, could not do. I moved to New York to pursue my dream to play jazz piano with some of today’s greatest living jazz musicians, including Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts to whom “MainTain Speed Through Tunnel” is dedicated. Ironically, in Jeff’s band, I was offered the chance to play in the chair of the late great Kenny Kirkland whose musical spirit continues to inspire me to this day. And it is with great respect that I dedicate “Lonely Cane” to his musical legacy. In the memory of my father, I present here a Jazz/Arabic fusion of Shat Arabud, which is inspired by my love for Arabic improvisation.”
NEIL CAINE IS ONE OF THE PREMIER BASSISTS ON THE SCENE TODAY.HE HAS WORKED WITH ELVIN JONES, BETTY CARTER, HARRY CONNICK JR, AND DIANA KRALL TO NAME A FEW.
GEORGE HEID III IS QUICKLY GAINING A REPUTATION AS ONE OF THE HARDEST SWINGING DRUMMERS IN THE YOUNG GENERATION OF TODAY.HIS GROUP ‘ELEVATIONS’ RECENTLY WON FIRST PRIZE AT THE MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL ‘S “NEXT GENERATION” COMPETITION.