Praised by the New Yorker as, “A young pianist of invention and refinement,” Bobby Avey has established himself as an emerging star in the jazz community. His band features Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón and guitarist Ben Monder.
Avey’s latest release Authority Melts From Me draws inspiration from the Haitian slave rebellion of 1791 and more directly from the vodou drumming traditions of Port au Prince and Soukri. Avey used these rhythms and concepts to sculpt the bone structure for Authority Melts From Me. In addition to Avey, the band features the immense talents of Miguel Zenón – alto sax, Ben Monder – guitar; Michael Janisch – bass; and Jordan Perlson – drums.
Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz. He has worked with jazz luminaries such as The SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, The Mingus Big Band, Bobby Hutcherson, David Sanchez, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner and Steve Coleman.
Ben Monder has performed with a variety of artists, including Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, George Garzone and Tim Berne. He has also appeared with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Kenny Wheeler Large Ensemble, Guillermo Klein’s Los Guachos, and is a regular member of the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra.
“Zenón is superb in the quiet, voicelike overtures to his solo on the rhythm-bending, delicately impressionistic Kalfou; Avey unveils his subtlety with dynamics, patience and harmonic imagination on the unaccompanied Piano Interlude; and the climactic Louverture and Cost boil with complex polyrhythms of single-note sax hoots, metallic guitar sounds, and lashed percussion accents.” The Guardian
In addition to Authority Melts From Me, Avey will be performing original music from his critically acclaimed debut release as a leader A New Face.