JAZZ@TheFalcon May 2016


May 11

Jazz Sessions at The Falcon Underground

Hosted by Jazz Drummer, Adam Nussbaum....

who invites you to bring your instrument and sit in!

Host, and internationally in-demand drummer, Adam Nussbaum and his trio, invite players to bring their instruments and sit-in with world renowed jazz artists, Aaron Goldberg and Ira Coleman - at The Falcon Underground's monthly JAZZ SESSION!

The Falcon Underground's bar & restaurant staff will be up-and-running to serve listeners and players in our warm and intimate pub-in-progress, one floor down from our world class live music stage. Our highly encouraged donation policy will be in effect.

Adam Nussbaum
Considered one of the finest drummers working today, Adam Nussbaum has played with a virtual "Who's Who" in the jazz world. Longtime associates have included: John Abercrombie, Michael & Randy Brecker, Eliane Elias, Gil Evans, Stan Getz, Vic Juris, James Moody, John Scofield, Joe Sample, Ohad Talmor, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Wheeler & NHØP. Nussbaum has also formed groups as "BANN" w/Seamus Blake, Jay Anderson & Oz Noy, "We3" w/Dave Liebman & Steve Swallow, "The Impossible Gentlemen" w/Gwilym Simcock, Steve Rodby & Mike Walker, "The Nuttree Quartet" w/John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi & Gary Versace and "The ZZ Quartet w/Ratko Zjaca, Simone Zanchini & Martin Gjakanovski. Adam's hundreds of recordings, include the Grammy winning "Don't Try This At Home" with Michael Brecker.

As an educator, Nussbaum's in-demand Clinics and Master Classes at Berklee, NYU, SUNY, the New School, and at Conservatories worldwide, allow him to reach out to the next generation.

He has had the opportunity to participate in the design and development of all things drum-related – a line in the "HiLite" series for Sonor Drums, and the "Renaissance " & " Pre-Aged" cymbals for Zildjian. Adam also coproduced the definitive DVD Hudson Music, "The Art of Playing with Brushes."

Aaron Goldberg/Piano
Hailed by Down Beat magazine for his "quick-witted harmonic reflexes, fluid command of line and cut-to-the- chase sense of narrative logic, " Aaron Goldberg has made his name as one of jazz's most compelling pianists, both as a bandleader and frequent collaborator with Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Guillermo Klein and many more. On his new release The Now, Goldberg reunites with bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, the virtuoso rhythm team going all the way back to his 1998 debut Turning Point. On their fifth outing together, the trio foregrounds a central truth about the art of playing jazz: that no two performances will be the same because the music is created, in Goldberg's words, "in the dynamic plane of the present."

Ira Coleman/Bass
Ira Coleman's impressively lyrical bass playing has shaped the groove for notable musicians throughout the years. Chances are that you know him from his work with Sting.
Born in Sweden, raised in France, Ira Coleman studied double bass in Cologne, Germany at "Hochschule für Musik" and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. Among the visitors to Ira's childhood home were Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Charlie Mingus and Chester Himes.
Over the years, Ira has worked with Cab Calloway, Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo and was musical director for vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater from 2002 until 2009.
As comfortable playing Jamaican rhythms as he is accompanying a gospel choir or performing in a jazz trio, Ira has built an international reputation for versatility.

Dinner & Drinks from 5:30 Opening Acts at 7:00 Main Acts at 8:00
Start times are subject to change. Donations Encouraged!


May 15

Alan Broadbent Trio


Alan Broadbent/Piano, Harvie S/Bass and Paul Wells/Drums

"...Alan Broadbent, who wrote the sumptuously beautiful large-format orchestrations...
( Paul McCartney's "Kisses on the Bottom") - The Wall Street Journal

"The gossamer orchestrations by heavyweight Alan Broadbent - float like milkweed behind Mr. McCartney's voice." (Paul McCartney's "Kisses on the Bottom") - The New York Times

"[Diana Krall's] piano work was appropriately succinct and to-the-point as her conductor and onetime mentor Alan Broadbent presided over ... sleek charts."
- (Diana Krall at the Hollywood Bowl) Variety
After studying at Berklee and settling in Los Angeles, native New Zealander, Alan Broadbent, was invited into the studio scene as a pianist for the great Nelson Riddle, David Rose and Johnny Mandel. In the 90s he was asked to be a part of Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable" CD, touring as her pianist and, later, as her conductor. Alan wrote the orchestral arrangement for Cole's video with her Father, "When I Fall In Love", winning Alan him his first Grammy.

He became a member of Charlie Haden's Quartet West, touring Europe, the UK and the US, and won his second Grammy, for the orchestral accompaniment behind Shirley Horn, of Leonard Bernstein's "Lonely Town".

As a soloist and with his jazz trio, Broadbent has been nominated for Grammys twice for best instrumental performance. In 2007 he was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit, an honor he holds in high regard.

Broadbent is currently the conductor for Diana Krall's orchestra concerts, and on Krall's "Live in Paris" DVD. He was the arranger on the late Glenn Frey's CD, "After Hours", and wrote six string arrangements for Sir Paul McCartney's "Kisses On The Bottom" with the London Symphony.

Dinner & Drinks from 5:30 Opening Acts at 7:00 Main Acts at 8:00
Start times are subject to change. Donations Encouraged!


May 22

Cyrille Aimee

An ARC of Orange County Fundraiser

$20.00 / Door
Doors open at 5:30. The Falcon's staff, bar and restaurant will be in full swing!

- Opener: Tom Wetmore & Chris Fortune Duo 6:30
- Cyrille Aimee and Michael Valeanu at 7:30
- Artwork by artists supported by The Arc of Orange will be displayed and for sale

Cyrille Aimee
Internationally renowned and praised for her unparalleled abilities, Cyrille Aimée's vocal stylings are synonymous with musical genius. Her culturally rich background has supplied her with the driving force of Dominican rhythm and the incredible swing of the French Gypsies. Taking these natural abilities with her across the world, she has done nothing short of receiving rave reviews and a loyal following in each country she graces with her voice. Raised in France by a French father and Dominican mother, she would sneak out to wander into gypsy encampments filled with those attending the annual Django Reinhardt Festival.
She quickly fell in love with gypsy music and way of life; years later she would sing on street corners with friends while traveling across Europe. While in the midst of one such odyssey, she found herself at the Montreux Jazz Festival, where she won first prize in the vocal competition - which included the financing of her first self-produced album.
When Aimée audtioned for the Star Academy (a French American Idol), she became a finalist. Informed she would have to sing only what she was told, her gypsy spirit rebelled-and in what was a cause célèbre she walked from the competition.
She happily tours the world with her band as well as in a duo setting. Aimée's talents also recently caught the attention of Stephen Sondheim, who cast her in an Encores Special Presentation at New York City's City Center in November 2013.

"....a bravura turn, presented with a smile." The New York Times

ABOUT Orange County ARHC:
Every day, The ARC of Orange’s 750 employees provide an array of educational, clinical, residential, and day services for more than 2, 000 people of all ages living in Orange County who have developmental disabilities. Services include developmental screening and evaluation, preschool learning, daycare, education grades K-12, adult day habilitation, vocational training, community employment and volunteerism, clinical services, residential homes, service coordination, family respite, recreation, and autism services.

Dinner & Drinks from 5:30 Opening Acts at 7:00 Main Acts at 8:00
Start times are subject to change. Donations Encouraged!


May 29
Yvonnick Prene's "BREATHE"
CD Release Event!

Yvonnick Prene/Harmonica, Vic Juris/Guitar, Jared Gold/B3 Organ
and Allan Mednard/Drums

"The most beautiful music I have heard on harmonica"-Lee Konitz

“Yvonnick Prene is skilled and talented .... there is a depth to him that calls to the depths within the listener. It is no wonder that he is in such demand.” - JazzTimes

Yvonnick Prene
French jazz harmonica player and composer Yvonnick Prene presents his new album BREATHE with seasoned bandmates, performing Prene originals and jazz standards.
Composer and educator Yvonnick Prene has become one of the rising stars in the harmonica world and an in-demand sideman. He has recorded four albums as a leader and collaborated with jazz artists, Kevin Hays, Pedrito Martinez, Mike Moreno, Peter Bernstein, Jon Cowherd, Cyrille Aimee, and Steve Cardenas, among others.
Educated at the Sorbonne in Paris, with a Masters degree in Music, he was awarded scholarships to Columbia University and The New School where he studied with Reggie Workman, Lee Konitz and John Patitucci. Prene began his professional jazz career, signing with the Danish label SteepleChase Records and recorded “Jour de Fete” his debut album.<

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