Monday 5 June
ARI HOENIG QUARTET (NYC)
New York City is still arguably the mecca for the greatest contemporary Jazz players. Ari Hoenig has risen about as fast as anyone in the ranks having shown a unique, melodic approach to drumming and a forward thinking conceptual style in his group playing, featured in this fantastic quartet of touring artists.
At age fourteen he was honing his skills in Philadelphia’s finest clubs and upon moving to NYC joined legendary organist Shirley Scott band.
He soon moved to Brooklyn (where it seems all the hippest players are) and started playing extensively with Kenny Werner Trio, Chris Potter Underground, Kurt Rosenwinkel Group, Joshua Redman Elastic band, Wayne Krantz, Mike Stern and Richard Bona. He was soon sharing the stage with Jazz mega stars Herbie Hancock, Ivan Linz, Wynton Marsalis, Toots Thielemans, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, and Gerry Mulligan!!
The Ari Hoenig Quartet was formed at the end of 2002 while playing every Monday night at the New York Village Jazz club Fat Cat and has had a residency since 2003 at the world famous New York club, ‘Smalls’.
As an educator, Ari teaches on faculty at New York University and the New School for Social Research in New York. He gives clinics and lectures at music schools and universities worldwide, and writes a regular educational column for Modern Drummer magazine.
Israeli born pianist with a pedigree of the highest order, having studied with leading classical music composers as well being exposed to the classic traditions of Jazz. He is regular collaborator with the now world famous bassist Avishai Cohen.
Fast establishing himself as one of the most versatile bassists on the NYC jazz scene. Winner of the 1st prize at the International Society of Bassists' jazz competition in 2011, Or’s diverse heritage informs his distinct style. His approach to improvisation is informed by Mediterranean, South American, and North African folklores, all interpreted through his deep knowledge and appreciation of the American Jazz tradition.
His guitar playing has been described as exquisitely old school yet fresh, fiery and bursting with joyful exuberance. He runs a deep spectrum of influences with Jazz, Blues and Brazilian music featuring heavily.