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Re: “Henry Grimes Trio


Contact: Kevin Amos,,
(412) 731-0424 (not for the public), or
Margaret Davis Grimes,,
(646) 785-9721

Friday, April 12th, 7:30-10:30 p.m. (doors at 6:30):
Henry Grimes Trio featuring Lee Robinson & Ronnie Burrage
Irma Freeman Center, 5006 Penn Ave,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15224, 412-924-0634,,,,
Advance tix
Transit 86b Frankstown to Penn Hills / downtown.

The Black Music Education Project presents a special Jazz Appreciation
Month event with world-famous bassist Henry Grimes, percussionist
extraordinaire Ronnie Burrage, and super saxophonist Lee Robinson
as they come together for the first time.

Henry Grimes (upright bass, violin, poetry) has tremendous musical
knowledge, unsurpassed credentials, and the highest levels of artistry
at his command. In the 1950s and ‘60s, after receiving his music
education at the Mastbaum School in Philadelphia and at the Juilliard
School in New York City, he played acoustic bass with many master
jazz musicians of that era, including Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Benny
Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy, Charles Mingus,
Gerry Mulligan, Sunny Murray, Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders,
Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, and McCoy Tyner. Sadly, a trip to the West
Coast to work with Al Jarreau and Jon Hendricks went awry, leaving
Henry in downtown Los Angeles at the end of the ‘60s with a broken
bass he couldn’t pay to repair, so he sold it for a small sum and faded
away from the music world. But many years later, in 2002, he was
discovered there by a Georgia social worker and was given a bass by
William Parker, and after only a few weeks of ferocious woodshedding,
Henry emerged from his room to begin playing concerts around Los
Angeles, and made a triumphant return to New York City in 2003 to
play in the Vision Festival. Since then, Henry has played more than
500 concerts (including many festivals) in 28 countries with many of
this era’s music heroes, such as Rashied Ali, Marshall Allen, Fred
Anderson, Marilyn Crispell, Andrew Cyrille, Bill Dixon, Edward “Kidd”
Jordan, Roscoe Mitchell, Louis Moholo, David Murray, William Parker,
Marc Ribot, Wadada Leo Smith, and again, Cecil Taylor. Mr. Grimes
made his professional debut on a second instrument, the violin, at the
age of 70 at Lincoln Center with Cecil Taylor. Henry has seen the
publication of the first volume of his poetry, “Signs Along the Road,”
and he creates illustrations to accompany his new recordings and
publications. He has received four Meet the Composer grants and
has held a number of recent residencies, offering workshops and
master classes on major campuses here and abroad. He can be heard
on 85 recordings, including a dozen recent ones, on various labels. He
has been a permanent resident of New York City since 2003.

Ronnie Burrage is considered one of the best jazz musicians on the
world scene today. He has played with is featured on more than 100
recordings, and has toured on four continents, from Siberia to South
Africa to Japan. He's worked with the great names in the music --
Pepper Adams, Gary Bartz, Michael Brecker, Jackie & Rene McLean,
Pat Metheny, James Moody, Frank Morgan, Jaco Pastorius, Wallace
Roney, Sonny Rollins, Woody Shaw, Archie Shepp, Wayne Shorter,
McCoy Tyner, Cedar Walton, Reggie Workman, Joe Zawinul, and more.

Lee Robinson has been leading musicians for 25 years, beginning with
ISKA, the duo I/O, 1996, and The UnSpunt Orkestra, 2001. As a music
experimenter, he has collaborated with poets, actors, visual artists and
a computer programmer for a variety of exciting projects. Lee is
inspired by all types of music styles. His playing is launched from a
palette of emotion, spirit and energy. The sounds of his saxophones
range from subtle and minimalist to dense and emotionally weighted.

The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination is a community art center
with a mission to enrich and diversify the local community by building
positive experiences in a multicultural, progressive setting, using art,
including the work of Irma Freeman, to nurture the imagination. By
instilling confidence through creativity, and a knowledge of sustainable
living, the Center strives to make the world a better place. Classes
and outreach programs include students of all ages, creeds,
nationalities and economic incomes. Art exhibitions represent local
and global artists. The Center uses recycled and reusable materials
and resources whenever possible for arts and green-energy education
programming to promote visionary creative project outcomes for the
individual, and for the community as a whole.

The Black Music Education Project is a not-for-profit organization
founded by Kevin Amos. This organization was established in 1995
to meet several objectives, which include supporting and encouraging
the training of aspiring apprentices with world-class potential into the
higher techniques, philosophy, creation and application of African-
American Arts and Cultural traditions, with the unabashed goal of
producing future generations of legends in the tradition. Also to
identify and present role models who represent the finest examples
of the art form and cultural tradition to the community at large.….

This event is sure to be one of the highlights for the year!

Posted by musicmargaret on 03/30/2013 at 5:17 AM

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