Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sustainable Jazz Ensemble--Free Performances in July at Labyrinth

My jazz trio will be performing among the subterranean bookshelves of the Labyrinth this month. Press release below. More info about the group, and links to some of the music, can be found at

Sustainable Jazz Ensemble
Stephen Hiltner, Jerry d'Anna, Ron Connor
every other Friday in July starting the 1st:
July 1, 15 & 29,   6:30 to 8PM
Labyrinth Books, 
122 Nassau Street, Princeton, 
Labyrinth is bringing back summertime jazz with 3 more performance by the Sustainable Jazz Ensemble: free and free-range, sustainable jazz. Coffee and tea will be provided; otherwise b.y.o. and join us for an informal evening of outstanding music.

Based in Princeton the Sustainable Jazz Ensemble plays all-original jazz composed using only local, organic ingredients, natural chord progressions and solar-powered imaginations. No virgin timbres are harvested for their performances.The music combines fresh melodies, inventive arrangements and improvisation.

The players: Best known in town for his environmental work, STEVE HILTNER is a longtime jazz saxophonist and composer who in his life-before-Princeton was musical director for an all-originals jazz/latin group in Ann Arbor, called the Lunar Octet. The group played festivals in Michigan and beyond, including three performances at the Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival. Steve got his start in jazz in the II-V-I Orchestra, playing gigs with many of the top players on the Detroit jazz scene, including a pre-Miles Kenny Garrett. During that time, he studied sax improvisation with Sam Sanders, an instructor at Oakland University and former student of Detroit jazz legend, Yusef Lateef. JERRY D'ANNA is a versatile freelance bass player, doubling on both electric and acoustic basses. His work with jazz, theater, folk, rock and blues bands has taken him from his native metro New York-Philadelphia environs to tours in Europe and the Caribbean, with such notables as singers Jeanie Bryson, Barbara McNair and Frank D'Rone, trumpeters Michael Mossman and Terence Blanchard, drummer Elvin Jones, saxophonists Sonny Fortune and Pat LaBarbara, and pianists Kenny Barron, Steve Kramer and John Bianculli. Mr. D'Anna received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Rutgers University, and studied privately with Rick Laird, Larry Ridley, Homer Mensch, Lou Kosma and Lisle Atkinson. Now settled in the Princeton area, he works in the financial services software industry, performing locally with the Midiri Brothers Orchestra and Jerry Rife's Rhythm Kings. Joining on key-boards is pianist and composer RON CONNOR, who attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has been composing and playing popular, jazz and improvisational music for three decades. A Princeton resident, Ron continues to explore and create music for solo piano, dramatic scores and jazz.

open to the public; wheelchair accessible

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