Continuing the outstanding Exodus to Jazz series this year, series producer Jose DaCosta is presenting the Tamir Hendelman Trio, with Todd Coolman on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums. Hendelman has been to Rochester before—he received a Bachelor of Music Composition from the Eastman School of Music in 1993. Since returning to Los Angeles in 1996, Tamir has been in demand as a pianist and arranger, and has toured the U.S., Europe and Asia. He has performed with the Jeff Hamilton Trio, Harry Allen, Teddy Edwards, Warren Vache, Houston Person, Jeff Clayton, Nick Brignola, Phil Upchurch, Rickey Woodard, John Clayton and Barbara Morrison. In 2001 he became a member of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, with whom he premiered John Clayton's Hollywood Bowl orchestration of Oscar Peterson's “Canadiana Suite," of which Peterson wrote:
It was a satisfying but strange feeling to...hear a new young voice make some exhilarating and thoughtful solos in the spaces that I used to occupy in those pieces. ...I look forward to hearing more from him.
Doug Ramsey wrote in a JazzTimes article on a 2000 performance of the Jeff Hamilton Trio that:
Hendelman's playing is firmly in the tradition of Peterson and Green, particularly in regard to its strength and swing, but his touch and use of dynamics... displayed an individual dimension of his talent that warrants greater exposure."
Bassist Todd Coolman has performed with such jazz luminaries Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Sonny Stitt, Zoot Sims, Buddy DeFranco, Clark Terry, Marian McPartland, Ahmad Jamal, Stan Getz, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and Benny Golson to name a few. Coolman has also had an 18+ year association with The James Moody Quartet. In addition to an extensive performance and lecture schedule, Todd has written two books. Drummer Dennis Mackrel began his four-year stint with the Count Basie Orchestra in 1983 at the age of 21. He is well known among upper echelon artists as the drummer handpicked by Mel Lewis in 1990 to take over duties in the Village Vanguard Orchestra when Lewis was unable to continue. Mackrel has performed with many orchestras, including the Carla Bley Very Large Band, Slide Hampton and the Jazz Masters, the Carnegie Hall Classic Jazz Orchestra, the Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, the Grover Mitchell Orchestra, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and the American Jazz Orchestra. In 1994, he appeared on Maria Schneider's Grammy Award winning recording “Evanescence.” Dennis has also performed in small combos led by McCoy Tyner, Hank Jones, John Pizzarelli, Harry Connick Jr., Lionel Hampton, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, George Shearing, Diane Schuur, Quincy Jones, Clare Fischer and other artists.
Exodus to Jazz has brought in another set of world-class jazz artists to play for us. Come out and support it so they keep coming back! The showtimes are at 7pm and 9:15pm at the VENU Resto-Lounge and Niteclub on St. Paul in Rochester. Ticket info is available at www.exodustojazz.com and you can reach Jose Da Costa at (585)733-7685 or firstname.lastname@example.org. According to Hendelman's site, the Trio will be doing a jazz clinic at the Eastman School at 4:00 pm on Friday, November 30th.
Watch for the heavy-weight piano smackdown of Mulgrew Miller and Johnny O'Neal coming on December 8th at Exodus to Jazz.