Presented with The Jam Session
Saturday, October 14 | 7 PM* | $15
Morris Goldberg on Saxophone and Penny Whistle
Diego Urcola on Trumpet
David Bravo on Piano
Bakithi Kumalo on Bass
Claes Brondal on Drums
All concerts are recorded live to be aired at a later date on WPPB, your local NPR Station.
*Doors open at 6:30 PM for refreshments compliments of Union Cantina.
This popular series with Jam Session finally returns to kick off another season of live music with world-renowned artists.
About the Band:
Recognized as one of the early pioneers of Cape Jazz, along with Dollar Brand and Chris McGregor.
Goldberg left South Africa in the Apartheid years to study in New York. He is also a virtuoso clarinet and flute player.
He has recorded a number of his own albums and is known as a member of the Harry Belafonte band and for his work with Paul Simon. Goldberg has toured and recorded albums with his own band, OJOYO. He calls their sound safrojazz, presenting the music as a combination of South African and American jazz music.
Born in the Soweto township of Johannesburg, surrounded by relatives who loved music and actively performed. Kumalo worked as a session musician in South Africa during the 1970s and early 1980s, eventually becoming a top session bassist and accompanying international performers during their South African tours.
In 1985, Kumalo was introduced to Paul Simon by producer Hendrick Lebone during the sessions for Simon’s Graceland album. Kumalo traveled with Simon to New York to finish the sessions, and after the accompanying concert tour, “spent several years commuting between Soweto and New York City” before permanently settling in the United States. Kumalo has toured regularly with Simon since then. He has also released several solo records, and continued to perform as a session musician with artists such as Joan Baez, Cyndi Lauper, Herbie Hancock, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Randy Brecker, Grover Washington Jr., and Mickey Hart.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, three‑time Grammy nominee Diego Urcola has been a member of the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet since 1991. Additionally, the oft‑in‑demand trumpeter performs regularly with the legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath, the Caribbean Jazz Project and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All‑Star Big Band.
Urcola’s musical studies began at the age of 9, in the Music Department of the Colegio Ward where his father Ruben served as director. Urcola toured extensively with the United Nations Orchestra under the leadership of D’Rivera after Dizzy Gillespie’s death. Urcola earned second place honors at the 1997 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition. In 1999 the late vibraphonist, Milt Jackson, formed an all‑star big band, asking him to participate. In 2001, as part of the D’Rivera quintet, he earned a Latin Grammy; the following year, Urcola, again working with D’Rivera, took part in the film Calle 54 the acclaimed music documentary.
Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, songwriter/composer David Bravo expressed an interest in music at the age of seven. Originally trained classically on the piano, David grew to love jazz and began composing his own music that he performed locally. In 1976, he moved to New York to pursue his music career further. In 1980, he established a working relationship with Eumir Deodato. Deodato recorded 3 of David’s songs on the Night Cruiser album. Since then, he’s been a member of CBS recording act SHY TALK and had toured or recorded with Harry Belafonte, Jack Bruce (Cream), Debbie Harry, Bo Diddley, and Hugh Masekela. David has also collaborated with “hit” songwriters Donald Markowitz (I’ve Had The Time Of My Life) and Toni C (Whitney Houston’s Love Will Save The Day.)
David’s projects include work with collaborator Robert Held. Together they’ve written jingles for commercials such as Prevention Magazine and the music for the ESPN show Out of Control. They did the music score and composed various songs for the feature film Federal Hill starring Nicholas Turturro.
About The Jam Session Inc.:
The Jam Session, Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on the art of improvisational Jazz as the primary foundation, with other styles and influences present as well. Inspired by the late night jam sessions and loft rehearsals in New York City, The Jam Session believes that the evolution and survival of improvisational music takes place in front of a live audience, being inclusive and accessible to all who want to engage. Frequent local home for The Jam Session is Bay Burger in Sag Harbor. Please visit The Jam Session.
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