Well...we are HONORED to have Ed make the trip up to play with us this year. Ed has played with Dizzy...Paquito...Threadgill...Faddis...Bluiett...it's an impressive list. One of the most soulful guitarists we know...great guy and a super baadass! :)
Overjoyed to welcome these two stellar musicians to the Festival in our first year. We are truly fortunate they are available and willing to make the trip. Here is their Website and below that, their 'bio' which is a MUST read!
You may have heard Rebecca Martin and Larry Grenadier in previous collaborations, including on Rebecca’s albums When I Was Long Ago (Sunnyside) and The Growing Season (Sunnyside), or on the drummer Paul Motian’s On Broadway Volume 4 or the Paradox Of Continuity (Winter & Winter). But, if you’ve heard them together, you know what The Montreal Gazette means when they describe the duo as a “jewel of wife-and-husband intimacy.”
Both partners boast long records of acclaim for their artistry. A native of Maine, Rebecca moved to New York in the early nineties, where her duo project with Jesse Harris quickly caught the ear of executives at EMI. Additional attention followed as Rebecca built her own catalog over the course of the next decade, releasing on Fresh Sound, MaxJazz, and Sunnyside while earning accolades from NPR, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and many others. Nate Chinen elaborates: “As jazz singers go, Rebecca Martin exudes the plainest sort of poise, almost radical in its utter lack offlash… She is unerringly faithful to the melodies of the songs, both standards and originals....making them seem less like songs than like articulations of her state of mind.” Martin was also part of the group TILLERY <http://www.tillerygals.com> that features her collaboration with Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens and THE UPSTATE PROJECT <http://theupstateproject.com> with the Argentinian composer Guillermo Klein that featured Grenadier and the drummer Jeff Ballard.
Larry was born in San Francisco, CA, and grew up immersed in the region’s strong music scene. As a teenager, the bassist cut his teeth with titans such as Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, Bobby Hutcherson, and others. After graduating from Stanford with a degree in English Literature, Larry moved to Boston to join Gary Burton‘s band. Within a year, he relocated to New York, continuing to build his career in the groups of Betty Carter, Joshua Redman, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Paul Motian, and many others. During this period, Larry joined the trio of the pianist Brad Mehldau, and has been an active member of the internationally touring group for close to two decades. Besides being one of the most in-demand bassists in jazz today, Larry also co-leads the trio FLY with Mark Turner and Jeff Ballard. The group was formed, according to Larry (via The New York Times) “because of this ideal of ultimate democracy. They always say jazz is democratic music, and it is, but there are aspects of it that aren’t too. So in our desire to form a band apart from all of the side projects we do, part of the idea was, there’s not going to be a leader, and we’re all going to write for it.” (Jazz Speaks)
Chico Pinheiro Quartet
Chico. Brilliant composer, guitarist and singer from Brazil. Chico brings a quartet of Brazilian players to grace our Mainstage. No one can play the real Brazil vibe like Brazilians...truly, the feeling of being there flows from the Alchemist Mainstage on Friday night - this is NOT TO BE MISSED.
Not only an exceptional guitarist with a wonderful sound and great fluidity, Chico Pinheiro is a unique composer of originality and maturity, qualities that stand out on his solo recordings.His first album 'Meia Noite Meio Dia' (Sony Music/ 2003) was released in 2003 with great reviews at all the most important newspapers and music magazines in Brazil and abroad, and was included in the 'Top 10 Brazilian albums of the year' in the major newspapers of Brazil: 'O Estado de São Paulo' , 'A Folha de São Paulo' and 'O Globo' . This well-received debut included performances from special guest vocalists Lenine , Ed Motta , Chico César , and Maria Rita .
His second release, 'Chico Pinheiro' (Biscoito Fino/ 2005) enjoyed great critical and audience acclaim, once more being included in the 'Top 10 Brazilian albums of the year' by newspapers 'O Estado', 'O Globo' and 'Folha de São Paulo'.
The third album, NOVA , was released in dec/ 2007 in collaboration with the american guitarist and composer Anthony Wilson . It was, again, celebrated by critic and audience.
His fourth album, There's a Storm Inside (CT Music Japan/ Sunnyside Records, NY, 2010) was released in 35 countries. It includes guests such as Dianne Reeves and Bob Mintzer, and was featured on theDownbeat, Revista Veja, O Estado de São Paulo, Folha de São Paulo, Jornal O GLOBO and Revista Rolling Stone among the 'best albuns of the year'. This record also won prizes as Best Brazilian Jazz Álbum of the year and Best Latin Jazz Composition of 2010 with 'Mamulengo', in the Latin Jazz Corner Association, USA. Chico also won as Best Latin Jazz Guitarist, in the same association.
In 2012 he released the CD 'TRIZ', in partnership with the pianist and composer André Mehmari and singer and composer Sergio Santos. The album received highly favorable reviews and was also listed among the best albums of the year.
Meanwhile. Chico was elected as one of the RISING STAR/ Guitar by The DOWNBEAT Magazine - Annual Critics Poll list, along with Julian Lage, Peter Bernstein and Adam Rogers. In 2017 Chico releases a new album - Varanda" - a collaborative project with Edu Ribeiro, Tiago Costa, B. Migotto and F. Salles, that again is figured in all the major papers and magazines in Brazil and abroad with wonderful reviews. Today Chico is a remarkable presence in - and outside the Brazilian music scene, who has distinguished himself as a guitarist, composer and arranger. Besides his main projects as leader, he has collaborated with the 'cream of the crop' of Brazilian artists such as Joyce, Ivan Lins, Rosa Passos, Dori Caymmi, Danilo Caymmi, João Donato, Johnny Alf, Chico César, Ed Motta, César Camargo Mariano, Elza Soares, while also making his mark internationally, recording and playing with Placido Domingo, Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Nnenna Freelon, Bob Mintzer, Roberto Fonseca, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Bob Mintzer Big Band, The Paris Jazz Big Band, The Swiss Jazz Orchestra, The Danish Radio Big Band, The Seasons Guitar Quartet (w/ Anthony Wilson, Julian Lage & Steve Cardenas), Ari Hoenig, Gary Novak, Sammy Figueroa, Cachaíto Lopez (Buena Vista Social Club), Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Tom Scott, Eddie Gomez, Claudio Roditi, Duduka da Fonseca, Giovani Hidalgo, amongst others.
About Chico Pinheiro (by the Jazz times magazine): "throughout, Pinheiro's charms as a guitarist, composer and vocalist are hard to resist. Imagine a young Chet Baker, with Luiz Bonfa's chops and Marcos Valle's aching sense of melody , and you get a combination that will have you surrendering with a 'Yes, yes, yes'."
Dan Pugach Nonet
Dan will be bringing his AMAZING 9-piece band up for a hit on Friday evening at the Alchemist Mainstage! We just love Dan's writing - and his band has some of the finest players on the NYC scene...
We've known about Will for years. He's a great player and a solid composer. This year, Will will be bringing his trio up from NYC to join us...with Rene Hart and Eric MacPherson. Please click on his link to find out more about Will and his music...we're overjoyed to present this fantastic Trio. Will and the cats will be playing a couple of hits while they are with us in Stowe - so if you miss one, catch the other!
You really need to visit Patricia's website and read her bio. It's pretty amazing. Patricia will bring her quartet to the festival and will be performing her music at a VERY cool event - at WELL HEELED, a find shop here in Stowe - there will be a fashion show there as well ! We appreciate Patricia making the effort to come perform for us at the festival and at such a great, and different event...
Bruce is one of the finest pianists in Vermont. As a performer, educator and band leader, Bruce has been on the scene up here for decades. His playing, his writing and arrangements are beyond compare. bruce is bringing his 4'tet to Doc Pond's on Friday and Saturday nights for the late 'hang', starting at 9pm...
Paul is a master guitarist...Jazz, Blues, Americana, Folk, Rock...he has it all. And his writing is solid. Paul brings a fantastic quartet to the Festival this year with Clyde Stats on bass, Gabe Jarrett on drums and Chris Peterman on saxophone. Have a look at his site - great to have Paul and his guys here this first year!
Joe is from originally from Vermont, but now lives and plays in NYC. Joe's playing is tremendous - and at this festival he'll be performing a few times - be sure to track this guy down...he'll be playing twice with Taryn Noelle in the village venues and on the Alchemist Mainstage with Bryan McNamara's Quartet
Local trombonist and composer, Nate Reit will be at Piecasso on Saturday night, starting at 9pm with his stellar Quintet. He'll blow the roof off the place...
We love Taryn here in Stowe - she's one of ours! Taryn has a lovely voice and her own interpretations of the standards, not to mention Taryn also draws on a deep reservoir of Broadway music - she tells the story - she brings the dramatic read on her program. We're very pleased to have her here this year and again, she'll be playing with the great Joseph Davidian on piano...
These guys bring the New Orleans vibe...Ain't Misbehavin', Beale Street Blues, Someday You'll Be Sorry, What A Wonderful World, Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans, Give Me A Kiss To Build A Dream On, Basin Street Blues...
Excellent band for a Sunday afternoon on the lawn!
Joe hails from Boston and plays solo guitar in the style of the greats...like Pass, Ellis, Hall...
OUr good friend, Peter Schmeekle is a local Stowe musician and teacher of Jazz at his own school , The Stowe Music Center - he's worked wonders with his students up here and will bring some of his students to the Mainstage to get a taste of Festival excitement. Pete will be joining the band...