D. D. Jackson's Free Performance

Gerhard Feldmann's Bosendorfer New York is pleased to announce a special jazz piano ensemble appearance by Bosendorfer Piano Artist D.D. Jackson on Saturday December 3rd, 2005.

The Canadian-born, New York-based pianist/composer, performing on the Bosendorfer Imperial, will be joined by three very special guests: violinist Christian Howes, cellist/ trombonist Dana Leong and soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome as they play Jackson's original compositions in preparation for an exciting new recording to take place the following week for Justin Time Records in conjunction with the innovative website

D.D. Jackson (pianist/composer) is a Juno award-winning jazz pianist/composer who has toured the world playing his original music. He began his career playing with leading artists such as David Murray, Hamiet Bluiett and Billy Bang before going on to record 11 critically acclaimed CD's as leader and co-leader, the most recent of which is Suite for New York (a meditation on the events of 9/11). Jackson also recently premiered his jazz opera Qubcit and will shortly began work on a new opera on the life of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau with librettist George Elliott Clarke. Jackson also writes a regular column for Down Beat magazine entitled “Living Jazz” and does a related “Living Jazz Podcast”.

Christian Howes is an innovator on the contemporary violin and has appeared with prominent artists such as Greg Osby, Les Paul, Randy Brecker, James Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Akua Dixon's Quartette Indigo, Billy Hart, David Murray, Steve Turre's Sextet with Strings, Frank Vignola, Bill Evans, Lenny White, Howard Alden, Bucky Pizzarelli and others. As a bandleader he also maintains six working ensembles, including the Christian Howes Group. Chris appeared on D.D. Jackson's previous 3 CD's, including “Sigame” and ”Suite for New York”.

Dana Leong (cello/trombone) creates original sounds drawing from his performance experience in a range of genres (from classical and jazz to hip-hop and R&B), and is equally at home composing for an entire symphony orchestra as for a solo instrument, either with acoustic instruments or a fully electronic studio. Dana has performed with such artists as Richard Stoltzman at Carnegie Hall, Boyz II Men at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards, Earth Wind & Fire, Barry White, DLG at Shea Stadium NYC, Ray Charles, Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Lionel Hampton, Christian McBride, Sam Rivers, Jon Faddis, The Mingus Big Band, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra.

Sam Newsome (soprano sax) was chosen as one of the “Rising Stars” of the soprano saxophone for the past three years in the Downbeat Critic's Poll, Sam has already established himself as a leading voice on the instrument having recorded seven albums as a leader and over 30 as a sideman. He began his New York career as the featured tenor saxophonist with legendary trumpeter Donald Byrd and as a member of Terence Blanchard's Quintet before making the liberating switch to soprano saxophone and founding his group “Sam Newsome & Global Unity”. Their debut album (Columbia/Sony Records) was chosen by Billboard as one of the “Top Ten Jazz CDs of the Year”.

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