New York Standards Quartet

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New York Standards Quartet (NYSQ) concept Is a straightforward one: Take jazz standards and play them inventively in own way. When they formed more than a decade ago, pianist David Berkman said the members realized, “After playing a lot of original music, we thought it would be fun and liberating to play music based on… standard jazz tunes that we had grown up playing,” citing two examples: “Confirmation” and “All the Things You Are,”
  “These tunes are blank slates to write on, with a lot of freedom and room for interpretation.” The group has issued half-dozen releases, the most recent being Sleight of Hand. “This record delivers exactly what you’d expect from a band titled ‘The New York Standards Quartet,’ [selections] fully living up to the weighty expectations implicit in the title.” (Jazz Views)
  The New York Standards Quartet is comprised of four well-schooled musicians: Saxophonist/Flutist Tim Armacost, pianist Berkman, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Gene Jackson, each one owning a thriving solo career. This is the group’s second Jazz Series appearance, although individual members have appeared in other musical contexts. Now without a sense of humor, the title of the group’s forthcoming album: Heaven Steps To Seven, an obviously play on Miles Davis’ Seven Steps To Heaven.

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Sunday, Apr 28, 2019

"Sundays @ Murry's"


Show 1 | Doors: 2:30 | Start: 3:30

Show 2 | Doors: 6 | Start: 7

New York Standards Quartet

David Berkman: Piano
Tim Armacost: Saxophone
Ugonna Okegwo: Bass
Gene Jackson: Drums

The exciting New York Standards Quartet, a group devoted to the radical reinvention of famous pop songs and Broadway show tunes. A collective class act, and delightful surprise. Playing jazz standards in their own way.” The Guardian

- The Guardian

"...the New York Standards Quartet… is a wonderful group playing a straight ahead songbook that the general music fan can easily gravitate to with no fear…the listener gets an education by a senior class of jazz players."

- Jazz Wrap

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