Ehud Asherie, “a master of swing and stride” (The New Yorker) leads this adventurous night of repertoire ranging from the traditional Brazilian choros and Harlem stride styles of pianos past. Stride and Choro, from New York to Brazil, features music by Harlem's big three (James P Johnson, Fats Waller, Willie the Lion Smith) and Rio's big three (Ernesto Nazareth, Pixinguinha and Jacob do Bandolim) . Ehud Asherie and his group present these diverse genres and show how these two musical worlds influenced each other.
Featuring master trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso (Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, the EarRegulars), Chris Haney (bass) and Sergio Krakowski (pandiero).
Advance Tickets: $25 general / $20 members / $10 students
Tickets at the Door: $30 general / $25 members / $10 students
Outdoor performance - Event takes place in a 300-seat open air pavilion
Co-presented with PS21 Chatham, Performance Spaces for the 21st Century.
Jazz pianist Ehud Asherie integrates the venerable New York piano tradition into his inventive style. Born in Israel, Asherie lived in Italy for six years before his family moved to New York. Though he began playing piano as a child, his passion for jazz came later—with a Thelonious Monk cassette tape—and his first visit to Smalls Jazz club in Greenwich Village. Largely self-taught, or rather, “old-schooled,” Asherie learned the ropes at Smalls, spending the wee small hours of his early teens becoming a fixture of the late-night jam sessions. Mentored by the late Frank Hewitt, Asherie began to develop “his virtuosity and his ear for clean, crisp lines“ (The Star-Ledger). From Smalls to the Rainbow Room, from Lincoln Center to The Village Vanguard, Asherie has since worked with a broad range of musicians including: Eric Alexander, Roy Ayers, Peter Bernstein, Jesse Davis, Bobby Durham, Vince Giordano, Wycliffe Gordon, Scott Hamilton, Ryan Kisor, Jane Monheit, Catherine Russell, Ken Peplowski and Clark Terry. Beyond his dedication to jazz music, Ehud Asherie has also developed a passion for traditional Brazilian music. His appreciation and profound knowledge of the music, language and culture are the foundation of Asherie’s project entitled Bina & Ehud, a duo formed in 2003, with Brazilian guitarist, Bina Coquet. Asherie’s playing can be heard on countless recordings, including the 2010 Grammy Award winning soundtrack of HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’.