John Ellis Quintet
with Aaron Goldberg (piano), Mike Moreno (guitar), Matt Penman (bass), Rodney Green (drums)
Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012 7:30 PM EDT
(6:30 PM Doors)
Jazz Standard, New York, NY
John Ellis’ new album It’s You I Like – his first release on the Criss Cross label – is sure to rank among the year’s most intriguing and unusual jazz recordings. It’s a yin–yang instrumental program combining six optimistic songs by Fred Rogers (1928–2003)—better known as “Mister Rogers” to several generations of young American TV viewers – with three dark, introspective ones that evoke (in Ellis’ words) “the tortured reality” of the alternative rock singer/songwriter Elliott Smith (1969–2003). For this Jazz Standard premiere, John will reconvene the superb ensemble of under–40 first–call players he assembled for It’s You I Like. Pianist Aaron Goldberg was featured on three previous Ellis albums; guitarist Mike Moreno is a friend of leader since the late Nineties with two Criss Cross CDs of his own. Bassist Matt Penman and drummer Rodney Green can navigate straight–ahead swing and odd–metered time signatures with equal aplomb.
All seating is on a first come, first seated basis. Ticket purchase guarantees you admission to the show. Serving award winning Blue Smoke Barbecue.