ROSWELL RUDD TRIO

Byrdcliffe is very pleased to present Roswell Rudd’s KERHONKSON TRIO with Heather Masse and Rolf Sturm to perform at the Kleinert/James on July 26 with special guest Mark Helias

Event Date and Time: Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock

Back by popular demand, world class jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd will be performing at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock, on Saturday July 26. Rudd's performance in the same venue last year packed the house. The July 26 concert marks the world premiere of Rudd's Kerhonkson Trio, neighbors and musical explorers, consisting in addition to Rudd of Heather Masse, vocals, and Rolf Sturm, guitar. "The musical relationship between the three of us has given birth to unique arrangements and interpretations of standards as well as original material," says Rudd, internationally recognized for his technical skill and creative innovations on the trombone. In the words of Verna Gillis, founder of Soundscape, "Roswell Rudd's Kerhonkson Trio knows about harmonic convergence."

Called "one of jazz's greatest trombonists" by the Wall Street Journal, Roswell Rudd is famous for his combination of jazz and world music. Known for his groundbreaking collaborations with Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, and Steve Lacy, Rudd's music is smart and spirited, savvy and full of life. Rudd has been voted Trombonist of the Year six times by the Jazz Journalists Association, most recently in 2014. On Rudd's 78th birthday in 2013, Sunnyside released Trombone for Lovers, voted as one of the best albums of 2013 by multiple arbiters of the jazz world, including the NPR Jazz Critics Poll. He likes to be known by the moniker The Incredible Honk of Kerhonkson. Gillis, a musical Renaissance woman herself, notes that Rudd is currently being treated for prostate cancer.

Heather Masse, singer/songwriter, is a great interpreter of songs, and combines this with a wide range of sonic resources. Masse is a regularly featured guest on Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion" and a member of the Wailin' Jennys. Masse recorded a duo CD with Dick Hyman and is the vocalist on Funky Little Sweet Thing with John Medeski, Matthew Finck, Ira Coleman, Roswell Rudd, and T Xiques.

Rolf Sturm, guitar, is the rhythm section as well as the harmonic complement to Rudd's Kerhonkson Trio. Sturm has a signature knack for finding and putting the final touches of harmonic glow around the singers. He is featured on recordings with David Johansen (New York Dolls/ Buster Poindexter), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), Ike Willis (Frank Zappa), Roswell Rudd, and members of the Grateful Dead. His music has been featured on National Public Radio's "All Songs Considered" and his last solo guitar recording, Balance, was awarded 4 stars by DownBeat magazine.

The trio will be joined by Mark Helias, a renowned bassist and composer who has performed throughout the world for more than three decades. After his studies at Rutgers University (B.A. 1974) and The Yale School of Music (M.M. 1976), he began his international career with the Anthony Braxton Quartet. He has performed with a panoply of world class artists, including Edward Blackwell, Anthony Davis, Dewey Redman, Marcel Khalife, Abbey Lincoln, Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille, Marilyn Crispell, Julius Hemphill, Don Byron, Bobby Bradford, Barry Altshul, Ray Anderson, Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor, and Gerry Hemingway.