George Burton & Excerpts

"Their sound is shadowy… with a fluid modality that suggests McCoy Tyner at his chillest.” – Philadelphia Paper
Thursday, June 30
9 pm-10:45 pm $15

Jazz at Crossroads presents Innovators: New & Classic - a program of Thursday night residencies featuring bandleader/composers whose music challenges and expands the definition of jazz.

“For more than a decade, the young pianist, composer and bandleader George Burton has been on the radar of everyone who keeps up with innovations in jazz. Praised as "formidable" by NPR, and "charismatic" by The New York Times, Burton's dazzling virtuosity and breathtakingly eclectic approach to music reflect his experience in every aspect of the jazz spectrum: beginning with rigorous classical training, branching into his equally rigorous experience in the heady nightlife of the Philadelphia jazz scene, and earning him a place on the world stage with some of the most significant practitioners of bop, post bop and beyond - from Eddie Henderson, Jack Walrath and Terrell Stafford - to his current position as the pianist for the Sun Ra Arkestra.

Burton's own work is in a category by itself: he brings not only stunning technique, but music that is complex, uniting all the dimensions of his experience, filtered through the sensibility of a Romantic composer. His compositions are incomparably beautiful - make that scary-beautiful - and powerful - as in mesmerizingly powerful - and haunting - as in "where has this been all my life" haunting.

In 2001, Jazz Times wrote that George Burton " seems destined to great things—and soon.” That time is now. This spring and summer, at Zinc Bar's Thursday night residencies, Jazz at the Crossroads.

George Burton, piano; Edward Perez, bass; Corey Rawls, drums; Jason Palmer trumpet; Chris Hemingway, alto sax

"This is going to be a non-stop thrill," says Dita Sullivan, the series' producer. "All the cutting edge musicians, monsters of creativity, want to come to Zinc Bar, where they have complete artistic freedom, and time to develop their music in a residency. Zinc Bar is at the vortex of the most exciting music in the city - where you can see first rate artists playing with no inhibitions.

"Jazz is now at another crossroads - not a physical location, but an artistic dilemma. There aren't enough venues for the visionary artists who are taking the music forward; the jazz establishment isn't responding to the true innovators, the composers. Composition is the source of the continuing river of jazz - without it, there's just a dry gulch. Zinc Bar, with these great composers performing, is going to be the next bend in the river."

Directions

82 West 3rd Street (btw Thompson & Sullivan) Greenwich Village New York NY 10012 tel. 212-477-ZINC (9462) Open 7 days: 6pm-2:30am weeknights 6pm-3am weekends

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