John Marshall Jazz Quintet at Abingdon Theatre
John Marshall Jazz Quintet will perform on Sunday, August 12 at 7:00pm and 9:00pm at Abingdon Theatre Complex, June Havoc Theatre, 312 West 36th Street, 1st Floor. The John Marshall Jazz Quintet will fill Abingdon Theatre with the sound of Jazz for this one evening benefit special performance for Abingdon Theatre Company. Scheduled to join trumpeter John Marshall are Alex Hoffman on saxophone, Tardo Hammer on keyboard, David Wong on bass and Jimmy Wormworth on drums. All proceeds will go to benefit the not-for-profit Abingdon Theatre Company.
Having learned his craft, with help from Ornette Coleman and Lonnie Hillyer, trumpeter John Marshall went on to work with a succession of big bands led by Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis, Lionel Hampton, Al Porcino, Gerry Mulligan and Dizzy Gillespie. In the late eighties John and pianist Tardo Hammer co-led the Bopera House, a standard-setting quintet which also featured tenor saxophonist Ralph Lalama. Originally from New York, John moved to Europe in 1992 and became a member of the brass section and featured soloist with the West Deutscher Rundfunk Big Band, based in Cologne, Germany, he is one of the brightest contemporary hard bop trumpet voices. John Marshall leads his own quintets in Europe and has put out seven CDs as a leader since 1992, and many more as a sideman. He now returns to New York for the month of August to appear at Abingdon Theatre with an amazing assembled group of jazz musicians. http://www.marshallbop.com
Since moving to New York City from Washington, D.C. in 2005, saxophonist Alex Hoffman has performed with the Jimmy Heath Big Band, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Jimmy Cobb, Terell Stafford, Brian Lynch, Donald Harrison and Leroy Williams. His debut CD, "Dark Lights" was released on Smalls records to rave reviews fromDownbeat, Cadence and Jazz Inside magazine. Hoffman has been called an upcoming, big-toned swinger with both feet in the rich tradition of jazz saxophone. http://www.alexhoffmanjazz.com/home.html
Pianist Tardo Hammer, with whom John Marshall played and recorded with since the mid-eighties, belongs to the top circle of bepop piano masters. He developed his craft with Junior Cook, Bill Hardman, Charlie Rouse and Art Farmer among others. His trio CDs for the Sharp Nine label have all been highly praised. These days he can be heard regularly in town with his own trio, as well as with jazz legend Annie Ross and the group of Charles Davis. http://home.earthlink.net/~tardo
David Wong, the youngster of the group, is the bassist with The Heath Brothers, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Roy Haynes Foundation of Youth Band, and anyone else who is lucky enough to engage this much-in-demand virtuoso. He graduated from Juilliard as a classical bassist and then has proceeded to take the jazz world by storm.
Jimmy Wormworth, 75 years young, has played with Kenny Dornham, John Coltrane, Booker Litter and the unforgettable Lambert, Hendricks and Ross group. Jimmy is a precious piece of jazz history, almost without equal in pure bebop drumming. He is also a collaborator of John Marshall's for many years. Today, with Tardo Hammer, he can be heard with Annie Ross, Charles Davis and Tardo's trio.
Since 1993, not-for-profit Abingdon Theatre Company has developed and produced new plays by American playwrights exclusively. Under the artistic direction of JanButtram, the company provides a safe home in which playwrights collaborate with other theatre artists and receive audience feedback through the utilization of our four-step development process: First Readings, Staged Readings and Workout Labs, which culminate in Studio Productions and Mainstage Productions. Now celebrating their 20th season find more information at at www.abingdontheatre.org.
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