8:00 & 9:30pm
Billy Newman, guitar; Eric Schugren, tenor, sopranino sax; Michel Gentile, alto sax, flute; Leco Reis, bass; Vinnie Sperazza, drums
Out of the meeting of the two very different urban cultures of Rio de Janeiro and Brooklyn, NY, an exciting dialogue is born. North and South American rhythms and musical forms express the pulse of the cities. Samba, Bebop, Choro, all find their place in a rich and varied musical repertoire that combines structure and arrangement with free-flowing jazz improvisation. Influences range from the swinging, cerebral tunes of Lennie Tristano from Queens , the angles of Chicagoan tenor saxophonist John Gilmore's improvisations, to the kaleidoscopic inventions of Hermeto Pascoal from Alagoas, Brazil and Choros of Pixinguinha. The Billy Newman Quintet brings together five talented musicians with an abundance of new ideas based on solid musical grounding and a fascination with the cross-cultures we live in today. Brooklyn-born guitarist/composer Billy Newman, a jazz musician has lived, studied and performed in Brazil and his passion for Brazilian music is the inspiration for this dynamic and innovative group. Billy has been the recipient of numerous composers residencies, and is the curator for Brazilian Expressions, a series that is in it's 6th year at the Cornelia Street Cafe. He has released several recordings the latest released in May is "The Solo Guitar of Billy Newman."