February 01, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jazz at Bucknell will begin the spring semester series of new jazz music with drummer Phil Haynes' international trio, No Fast Food, Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.

No Fast Food is Haynes' homage to the tradition of drumming master Elvin Jones' legendary post-Coltrane trio that featured Joe Farrell and bassist Jimmy Garrison.

The free concert will feature several of Haynes' saxophone trio compositions performed by contemporary masters Tim Warfield and Drew Gress. Light refreshments will be provided.

A veteran of more than 100 recordings over the past 20 years, Gress has been the "first call bassist" for international artists on the cutting edge of contemporary improvisation including Tim Berne, Don Byron, Fred Hersch, and Ravi Coltrane. In a previous musical life, Gress grounded the performances of Buddy Hackett, Phyllis Diller, Zoot Sims, Cab Calloway, and Pia Zadora). He has been artist-in-residence at St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia and at the University of Colorado-Boulder and resides in New York.

Called "perhaps the most powerful tenor saxophonist of his generation" by The New York Times' Peter Watrous, Warfield has made numerous stage appearances with such names as Donald Byrd, Michelle Rosewoman, Marcus Miller, James Williams, The Harper Brothers, Dizzy Gillespie, Isaac Hayes, Shirley Scott, Jimmy Smith, Nicholas Payton, Charles Fambrough, Eric Reed, Carl Allen, Terell Stafford, Stefon Harris, Orrin Evans, The Newport Millennium All Stars, "Papa" John Defrancesco, Joey Defrancesco, Claudio Raggazzi, and Danilo Perez, among many. A native of York, Warfield is an artist-in-residence at Messiah College.

Haynes, an original member of the Paul Smoker Trio, has been featured on more than 40 releases by American and European record companies. Critics have compared his drumming to the masters Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes and Elvin Jones, and his compositions to Ives, Mingus and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. He has 10 recordings as a leader including Continuum with violinist Mark Feldman, The Hammond Insurgency with organist Jeff Palmer, and the new solo percussion recording Sanctuary. Haynes' varied professional associations also include Tim Berne, Don Byron, Marilyn Crispell, Joe Daley, Ken Filiano, Charles Gayle, Mark Helias, Lindsay Horner, Ingrid Jensen, Frank Lacy, Michele Rosewoman, Louis Sclavis, John Tchicai, Gebhard Ullmann and Tom Varner.

Jazz at Bucknell is a chamber series which was conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries to the campus and surrounding community several times annually.  Programming showcases the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the avant-garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style, and composition. Jazz at Bucknell is produced by Phil Haynes.

Posted Feb. 1, 2007