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Thu, Oct 17


Merrimans' Playhouse

Curtis + Garabedian + Sperrazza

The music is organized but open and expressive. While they are highly versed in the classic tradition of jazz, their album opens up with the true freedom of improvisation, exploration, and creativity.

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Curtis + Garabedian + Sperrazza
Curtis + Garabedian + Sperrazza

Time & Location

Oct 17, 2019, 8:00 PM – 10:05 PM EDT

Merrimans' Playhouse, 1211 East Mishawaka Avenue, South Bend, IN, USA


About the Event

Trio featuring saxophonist Caleb Curtis with bassist Noah Garabedian and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza. 

The  music is organized but open and expressive. While they are highly  versed in the classic tradition of jazz, their album opens up with the  true freedom of improvisation, exploration, and creativity. New Year embodiesthe genuinely refreshed and synergistic energy of improvisation  made truly in that moment. 

New Year is a veritable collaboration  through and through. This is the first album the three recorded  together, and was a new opportunity to explore their artistry through  shared values but free of expectations and ingrained principles. Creating the music was an authentically honest process. Curtis + Garabedian + Sperrazza account that the process was as much about the  time they spent together outside of making music as much as the time they spent playing. The evolution of growing and deepening in non-musical ways was just if not more critical to their shared creativity. This honest progression of growing together is reflected  in the trio’s naturalness and not overly complicated sound. The music  beckons a searching and reactive to the moment feel that can only be  achieved through a deep understanding of your peers. 

Caleb Curtis, a Brooklyn, NY based GRAMMY nominated saxophonist Caleb Curtis “lives at the junction of rigorous preparation and willingness to explore.” (Jazz Speaks) His playing and compositions are informed by a constantly searching, at times introspective, brash  and melodic.  

A native of Berkeley, California, Noah Garabedian holds a BA in ethnomusicology from the The University of California Los Angeles, and a Master's in Music Performance from New York University. In 2006, he was awarded a John Coltrane National Scholarship, and in 2007, was selected as a finalist for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz graduate program. In March of 2011, Mr. Garabedian was selected to participate in a master class with Brad Mehldau through the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, and in June of that same year was selected as a finalist in the International Society of Double Bassists Competition.

As an educator Mr. Garabedian currently works with the music outreach program at Jazz At Lincoln Center, called Jazz For Young People. He also works with the Weil Institute at Carnegie Hall, and is part-time faculty at The New School, in New York City. In the past, he has served as adjunct faculty at NYU and participated in the music outreach program between UCLA and the Los Angeles Unified School District. He has also helped lead master classes and clinics UMASS Amherst, University of New Mexico, University of California at Berkeley, and Brigham Young University.

As a sideman, Mr. Garabedian has worked with Ravi Coltrane, Josh Roseman, Ralph Alessi, Andrew D'Angelo, Myron Walden, Nir Felder, Julian Waterfall Pollack, The Amigos Band, as well as his own sextet Big Butter And The Egg Men. He has performed festivals around the world and in March of 2014, Mr. Garabedian was sent by the US State Department as a musical ambassador on a six-week tour of Southeast Asia with The Amigos Band, where they performed and taught throughout five countries.

Vinnie Sperrazza is a Brooklyn-based jazz drummer. Originally from a small town south of Utica, New York, Vin moved to NYC right after college, and he's lived in Brooklyn almost long enough to say he's from Brooklyn. He's played many incredible musicians, including  the great Mr. James Williams, pianist, with whom Vin played many memorable concerts. His first album as a bandleader and composer, Apocryphal, was released by Loyal Label on September 9, 2014. He's in lots of bands, spent a recent summer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as an actor (he played a drummer- not much of a stretch), is on some cool records that have just come out (Dana Lyn/Vincent D'Onofrio Slim Bone Head Volt, Sperrazza/Sacks/Kamaguchi Play Tadd Dameron, Jacob Garchik Ye Olde), and as of this writing, is listening to rough mixes of three new projects: Apocryphal II (with the returning cast of Loren Stillman, Brandon Seabrook, Eivind Opsvik, produced by Geoff Kraly), a quartet date with Chris Speed, Bruce Barth, and Peter Brendler, and an album of music by Lee Morgan for Fresh Sound Records, all for 2017 release.


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