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Venue:
Painted Bride Art Center230 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 8:00pm

Warriors of the Wonderful Sound + Dave Burrell

Bobby Zankel, alto saxophone
Dave Burrell, piano
Julian Pressley, alto saxophone
Diane Monroe, violin
Josh Lawrence, trumpet
Stan Slotter, trumpet
John Swana, trombone
Larry Toft, trombone
Tom Lawton, piano
Lee Smith, bass
Craig McIver, drums

Ars Nova Workshop and the Painted Bride Art Center are proud to present Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound with special guest Dave Burrell.

Originally from Brooklyn, Zankel was drawn to the saxophone by the thrilling new sounds being explored in the 1960s jazz scene, in particular the music of John Coltrane. He eventually studied with Cecil Taylor at the University of Wisconsin, after which he left school to continue those studies on the bandstand, following the iconoclastic pianist back to New York. Zankel became involved with the avant-garde jazz scene of the early 1970s, performing alongside the likes of bassist William Parker and violinist Billy Bang. In 1975, Zankel relocated to Philadelphia, where he’s remained since, becoming one of the leading lights of the local jazz community. “I’ve had such tremendous experiences and opportunities in Philadelphia,” Zankel says, citing his work with saxophonist Odean Pope, bassist Jymie Merritt, violinist John Blake, and singer Ruth Naomi Floyd, among others who make the city their home. But his most influential work has been his over ten years of composing for his long-standing big band.

The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound were first assembled in 2001 for a fledgling jazz festival and continued presenting Zankel’s heady, intricate compositions over the next decade at recently-shuttered club Tritone. For most of the big band’s existence, it was Zankel’s compositions alone that made up the Warriors’ repertoire. In 2009, however, the band performed the music of Julius Hemphill, leading Zankel to open up the band’s book to outside composers of a similar mindset. First Indian-American saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and then M-Base founder Steve Coleman penned challenging suites for the ensemble, and in 2012, Zankel and Warriors collaborated with Muhal Richard Abrams.

Distinguished composer-pianist Dave Burrell is a performing artist of singular stature on the international contemporary music scene. His dynamic compositions with blues and gospel roots recall the tradition of Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson and Duke Ellington, as well avant-garde composers Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane. A pioneering voice in free jazz piano, he can be heard on landmark recordings alongside Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders, Marion Brown, Sonny Sharrock, and many more. Since 2007 Burrell has been composer-in-residence at the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia, where he has composed commissioned works drawing on the museum’s Civil War documents. A frequent lecturer and storyteller, Burrell has given master class throughout the U.S. and Europe.