Ari Hoenig has found himself as the drummer in some of jazz's most virtuosic situations like Kenny Werner's trio, Chris Potter's Underground and Kurt Rosenwinkel's group for starters. He seems to be able to turn on his energy to full tilt as soon as he sits behind the drums and turns the kit into a musical orchestra, from the intensity of a train going at full speed so close you can smell the passenger's food, to the melodic flexibility of a finely-tuned opera singer. He has been known to play melodies on his drum kit: and although the concept of being able to express a melody on a drum kit is something drummers have talked about for years and years, Ari takes it to a whole new level.
Tomorrow night, Ari Hoenig brings his quartet that includes Chris Tordini on bass, Gilad Hekselman on guitar and Tigran Hamasyan on piano. A pianist that won the last piano Thelonious Monk Competition, Tigran now tours with the band as well as performing impressive solo performances, as he did at the last Jazz festival. Guitarist Gilad Hekselman, but in his twenties and already commanding his own groups with the likes of Mark Turner (who was here with the SFJAZZ Allstars if you happened to catch that show) and Joe Martin. The Israeli guitarist carries his own voice on the guitar: a fresh sound, well aware of the acoustic surroundings of the music scene and not afraid of the complexity. The group is rounded out with Chris Tordini... one of those bassists that everyone is getting to know about, because he makes everyone sound good... what else does one want from a bassist?
If that was not enough for you, the evening will be started with a duo featuring Ottawa's very own Roddy Ellias and Montreal trumpeter Bill Mahar.
The show is
Tuesday Oct 25th, 2011 starts at 7:30pm
National Arts Center's Fourth Stage
General Admission $22
Student Admission $15
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