JOHN ESPOSITO

News and Updates


John Esposito Sextet

In Concert at the Center For Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, NY

Friday August 29 & Saturday August 30

8-11 pm

John Esposito - piano

Greg Glassman - trumpet

Eric Person - saxophones

Stacy Dillard - saxophones

Ira Coleman - bass

Peter O’Brien - drums


We will be performing music from our upcoming Sunjump Records double CD release A Backward Glance. Its original music with roots in the Blues and mainstream Jazz.

 

WGXC Features Sangeeta Michael Berardi

Cheryl K’s radio show The Jazz Disturbance will air an interview with John Esposito talking about and playing recordings of the music of the guitarist/painter/ poet Sangeeta Michael Berardi. The show will air Thursday August 14, 7 -9 pm promoting Sangeeta’s recent Sunjump Records release The Mr P Sessions.

 

WGXC Features Jeff Marx

Cheryl K’s radio show The Jazz Disturbance will air an interview with John Esposito and Jeff Siegel talking about and playing recordings of the music of the late saxophonist  Jeff Marx. The show will air Thursday July 31, 7 -9 pm promoting a memorial concert taking place Sunday August 3 at the Colony Cafe, Rock City Rd, Woodstock, NY.

Jeff Marx Memorial Concert

 Friends of saxophonist Jeff Marx, former Woodstock area resident, who passed away December 16, 2013 will present a memorial concert at the Colony Cafe, Rock City Rd, Woodstock, NY on Sunday, August 3, 4-7 pm. Admission is $10 and proceeds from the concert will go to the Jazz Foundation of America’s Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund.

  Artists performing will include:

Emma Alabaster

Ben Bierman

Frederick Berryhill

Carlo DeRosa

Dave Douglas

Peter Einhorn

John Esposito

Greg Glassman

Hill Greene

Rosi Hertlein

Rueben Hoch

Mitch Kessler

John Menegon

Bob Murad

Alan Murphy

Peter O’Brien

Eric Person

Teri Roiger

Eliza Siegel

Jeff Siegel

Rich Syracuse

Francesca Tanksley

Todd Weinstein

   Jeff Marx’s music can be found at www.jeffmarxmusic.com and www.sunjumprecords.com

Jeff Marx

Saxophonist Jeff Marx, 62, died on December 16, 2013, at his home in the suburbs of Detroit, where he was born and raised. Marx began playing the tenor saxophone in 1973, later adding soprano and mezzo-soprano saxes, harmonica, and flutes. Residing successively in San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, and Detroit, and touring widely in the United States and Europe, he crafted his own distinctively emotive style rooted in the work of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Joe Henderson.

In the mid ’70s Marx moved to Berkeley, California, to study with Hal Stein. In Oakland and San Francisco he played with Eddie Henderson and Mark Levine. Next residing in New York for 14 years, he played with Reggie Workman, Steve Slagle, Kevin McNeal, Donald Byrd, Ed Schuller, Jim Pepper, Gene Jackson, Ira Coleman, Santi Debriano, and Dave Stryker, among others. From 1985–90 he co-led the group Second Sight with John Esposito, Jeff Siegel, Dave Douglas, Allen Murphy and Frederick Berryhill. Marx contributed compositions to the band’s two studio recordings, Flying with the Comet (Sunjump Records) and the soon-to-be-released Tiger Tracks (Sunjump).

In New York Marx played at the Greenwich Village Jazz Festival and various clubs including Mikell’s, The West End Café, and Visiones. His radio performances included WKCR in New York City as well as the National Public Radio memorial program for his friend and colleague Jim Pepper. Subsequent European performances included concerts at the Cascais Portugal Jazz Fest and at venues in Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria. Performances in the European Union saw him working with Jeff Jerolamon, Czech/US Out (featuring Czech bassist Jaromir Honzák and Jeff “Siege” Siegel), and the Marx, Siegel, and Esposito Trio. In 1992 he moved to Shokan, NY and gigged in the Hudson Valley.

From 1993 to 2011 Marx resided in Chicago, performing locally and traveling to Detroit, New York, Memphis, Little Rock, Milwaukee, Washington D.C. and Ann Arbor, playing clubs, concert halls, and the Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival in 2002 and 2003. In 2008, he appeared at the Morse Theater performing the music of Kahil Elzabar and Elbio Barilari with an all-star Chicago group, and at Ravinia, Millenium Park, and venues in concerts presented by a number of regional Jazz societies. He performed regularly in Chicago at the Velvet Lounge, the Green Mill, and Pete Miller’s Steakhouse in Evanston, Illinois.

      

While living in Chicago Marx worked with Don Bennet, Malachi Thompson, Jesse Davis, Harrison Bankhead, Jim Trompeter, Eric Hochberg, Reuben Hoch’s Chassidic Jazz Project, Fred Anderson and Bob Murad. He returned to New York regularly for recordings and performances with Siegel and Esposito at venues including Bard College, the Stone (New York City), and Community Music Space (Red Hook). He also continued his creative collaboration in NYC with photographer Todd Weinstein, a life long friend who provided the cover art for most of  Marx’s CDs.

In 2000 Marx organized a band with pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, bassist Santi Debriano, and drummer Jeff Siegel for his first outing as a leader, Great Unknown on his own Naugual label, produced by Ben Bierman. He recorded his second CD as a leader, Treading Air Breathing Fire (2003 Soluna Records), with Esposito, piano; Ira Coleman, bass; and Peter O’Brien, drums; again featuring several of his own compositions. Allaboutjazz.com reviewer Celeste Sunderland wrote that Treading Air Breathing Fire “ponders metaphysical relations on an immense scale … while Marx wildly churns out vibrantly diverse streams of notes.”

In 2006 Marx recorded a duo CD with Siegel titled Dreamstuff (Ayler Records), followed by a 2008 tour of Germany and the Czech Republic with Siegel and Honzák. Stuart Kremsky in Cadence described Marx’s playing as “varying his sound from rich and burred in the lower registers to shrill but controlled in the upper range, all the while having a vigorous give and take with Siegel … clearly enunciating [his] immersion in the Jazz tradition and [his] commitment to move the music forward.”

A continuation of his work with Siegel with the addition of Esposito  

resulted in the release of Inyo (2009 Sunjump) a CD that “could best be described as unquiet meditations or chaotic lyricism … a true moment of musical Zen created by three masterful musicians … saxophonist Jeff Marx takes some bold flights on the saxophone, ” wrote Jakob Baekgaard in allaboutjazz.com.

In 2011 Marx reclaimed Detroit as his base of operations where he performed in such clubs as Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, Bert’s Marketplace, Cliff Bells and Bird of Paradise (Ann Arbor). Amongst the Detroit musicians he played with are Bill Meyer and Jesse Kramer  He returned to New York for gigs and recordings. He completed another CD with Esposito and Siegel titled Tahrir (Sunjump 2012) and in spring 2012 completed his final tour of Germany and Austria.

Jeff Marx is survived by his sister, Fern Marx, and father, Martin Marx, along with cousins and many friends.  

Discography:

1986 - Second Sight Flying With The Comet Sunjump

1987 - Second Sight Tiger Tracks Sunjump

1992 - West End Avenue 3 - Ruben Hoch (Bellaphon/L+R)

1999 - Don Bennett Reaching For A Star

2000 - Jeff Marx Great Unknown Naugual

2003 - Jeff Marx Treading Air Breathing Fire Soluna

2006 - Marx/Siegel Dreamstuff Ayler

2009 - Esposito/Marx/Siegel Inyo Sunjump

2012 - Esposito/Marx/Siegel Tahrir Sunjump

Cobi Narita’s Universal Jazz Sunday October 20, 2014 Coalition & Sunjump Records Presents Sangeeta Michael Berardi

@ Zeb’s

223 W28th St, NYC     2 pm

CD Release concert for:

Sangeeta Michael Berardi; The Mr P Sessions  a double CD SJCD0014

Sangeeta Michael Berardi - acoustic & electric guitars, voice, Tibetan & Japanese singing bowls

with:

Mikhail Horowitz - reading Sangeeta’s poems

Rosi Hertlein - violin & voice

Kendra Shank - voice & electronic loops

Mitch Kessler - flute, soprano, alto & tenor saxophones & bass clarinet

John Esposito - piano, prepared piano & harmonica

Hilliard Greene - acoustic bass

Peter O’Brien - drums

Obituary

Jeff Marx


Saxophonist Jeff Marx, 62, died on December 16, 2013, at his home in the suburbs of Detroit, where he was born and raised. Marx began playing the tenor saxophone in 1973, later adding soprano and mezzo-soprano saxes, harmonica, and flutes. Residing successively in San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, and Detroit, and touring widely in the United States and Europe, he crafted his own distinctively emotive style rooted in the work of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Joe Henderson.


In the mid ’70s Marx moved to Berkeley, California, to study with Hal Stein. In Oakland and San Francisco he played with Eddie Henderson and Mark Levine. Next residing in New York for 14 years, he played with Reggie Workman, Steve Slagle, Kevin McNeal, Donald Byrd, Ed Schuller, Jim Pepper, Gene Jackson, Ira Coleman, Santi Debriano, and Dave Stryker, among others. From 1985–90 he co-led the group Second Sight with John Esposito, Jeff Siegel, Dave Douglas, Allen Murphy and Frederick Berryhill. Marx contributed compositions to the band’s two studio recordings, Flying with the Comet (Sunjump Records) and the soon-to-be-released Tiger Tracks (Sunjump).


In New York Marx played at the Greenwich Village Jazz Festival and various clubs including Mikell’s, The West End Café, and Visiones. His radio performances included WKCR in New York City as well as the National Public Radio memorial program for his friend and colleague Jim Pepper. Subsequent European performances included concerts at the Cascais Portugal Jazz Fest and at venues in Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria. Performances in the European Union saw him working with Jeff Jerolamon, Czech/US Out (featuring Czech bassist Jaromir Honzák and Jeff “Siege” Siegel), and the Marx, Siegel, and Esposito Trio.


From 1993 to 2011 Marx resided in Chicago, performing locally and traveling to Detroit, New York, Memphis, Little Rock, Milwaukee, Washington D.C. and Ann Arbor, playing clubs, concert halls, and the Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival in 2002 and 2003. In 2008, he appeared at the Morse Theater performing the music of Kahil Elzabar and Elbio Barilari with an all-star Chicago group, and at Ravinia, Millenium Park, and venues in concerts presented by a number of regional Jazz societies. He performed regularly in Chicago at the Velvet Lounge, the Green Mill, and Pete Miller’s Steakhouse in Evanston, Illinois.

      

While living in Chicago Marx worked with Don Bennet, Malachi Thompson, Jesse Davis, Harrison Bankhead, Reuben Hoch’s Chassidic Jazz Project, Fred Anderson and Bob Murad. He returned to New York regularly for recordings and performances with Siegel and Esposito at venues including Bard College, the Stone (New York City), and Community Music Space (Red Hook). He also continued his creative collaboration in NYC with photographer Todd Weinstein, a life long friend who provided the cover art for most of  Marx’s CDs.


In 2000 Marx organized a band with pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, bassist Santi Debriano, and drummer Jeff Siegel for his first outing as a leader, Great Unknown on his own Naugual label, produced by Ben Bierman. He recorded his second CD as a leader, Treading Air Breathing Fire (2003 Soluna Records), with Esposito, piano; Ira Coleman, bass; and Peter O’Brien, drums; again featuring several of his own compositions. Allaboutjazz.com reviewer Celeste Sunderland wrote that Treading Air Breathing Fire “ponders metaphysical relations on an immense scale … while Marx wildly churns out vibrantly diverse streams of notes.”


In 2006 Marx recorded a duo CD with Siegel titled Dreamstuff (Ayler Records), followed by a 2008 tour of Germany and the Czech Republic with Siegel and Honzák. Stuart Kremsky in Cadence described Marx’s playing as “varying his sound from rich and burred in the lower registers to shrill but controlled in the upper range, all the while having a vigorous give and take with Siegel … clearly enunciating [his] immersion in the Jazz tradition and [his] commitment to move the music forward.”


A continuation of his work with Siegel with the addition of Esposito  resulted in the release of Inyo (2009 Sunjump), a CD that “could best be described as unquiet meditations or chaotic lyricism … a true moment of musical Zen created by three masterful musicians … saxophonist Jeff Marx takes some bold flights on the saxophone, ” wrote Jakob Baekgaard in allaboutjazz.com.


In 2011 Marx reclaimed Detroit as his base of operations, while returning to New York for gigs and recordings. He completed another CD with Esposito and Siegel titled Tahrir (Sunjump 2012) and in spring 2012 completed his final tour of Germany and Austria.


Jeff Marx is survived by his sister, Fern Marx, and father, Martin Marx, along with cousins and many friends.  



Sunjump Records Announces New Release:

Sangeeta Michael Berardi; The Mr P Sessions  a double CD SJCD0014

Sangeeta Michael Berardi - acoustic & electric guitars, voice, Tibetan & Japanese singing bowls

with:

Mikhail Horowitz - reading Sangeeta’s poems

Rosi Hertlein - violin & voice

Kendra Shank - voice & electronic loops

Mitch Kessler - flute, soprano, alto & tenor saxophones & bass clarinet

John Esposito - piano, prepared piano & harmonica

Hilliard Greene - acoustic bass

Peter O’Brien - drums

www.sunjumprecords.com

available from www.downtownmusicgallery.com

& www.cdbaby.com

The Saugerties Performing Arts Factory in conjunction with Sunjump Records present:

Sangeeta Michael Berardi

Sunday Oct 6 at SPAF 3:00-5:00 PM

169 Ulster Ave.

Saugerties, NY

845-246-7723   www.saugertiesperformingartsfactory.com

www.sunjumprecords.com     sunjump@gmail.com

Admission $15

with:

Mikhail Horowitz - reading Sangeeta’s poems

Rosi Hertlein - violin & voice

Kendra Shank - voice & electronic loops

Mitch Kessler - flute, saxophones & bass clarinet

John Esposito - keyboards

Emma Alabaster - bass and voice

Peter O’Brien - drums

   Sangeeta Michael Berardi is a multi media artist based in Pacifica, California and has worked as a composer, guitarist, poet & visual artist. The SPAF performance will include preview excerpts from Burrill Crohn’s documentary film on Sangeeta’s life & works: Playing With Parkinson’s.  The concert will include music from his new Sunjump Records CD release The Mr P Sessions and Sangeeta’s poems read by Mikhail Horowitz with band accompaniment. A selection of Sangeeta’s visual art will be projected as a slide show.

 This is a rare East Coast performance that should not be missed. More information on Sangeeta can be found at www.sunjumprecords.com. Click on EPKs and Sangeeta Michael Berardi.

Second Ward Foundation in conjunction with Sunjump Records present an inaugural concert event:

John Esposito & A Book Of Five Rings featuring the video artist Laura Steele.

Second Ward - 71 North Third St, Hudson, NY

Friday October 4 & Saturday October 5, 2013.  Pre-show reception at 7:00 pm, Performance at 8:00 pm. Suggested donation $10.

A Book Of Five Rings performers:

   John Esposito - keyboards, electronic loops and drums

   Rosi Hertlein - violin & voice

   Greg Glassman - trumpet

   Stacy Dillard - saxophones

   Mitch Kessler - flute & bass clarinet

   Emma Alabaster - bass & voice

   Hilliard Greene - bass

   Peter O’Brien - drums

John Esposito is an American pianist/composer/drummer/

producer who works on a wide array of creative music projects. His technical skills and the range of his artistic palette extend across the stylistic boundaries of the Stride Piano, Swing, Bebop, Modal and Free Music movements. He has performed and recorded with artists including Nick Brignola, Dave Douglas, Dave Holland, Carter Jefferson, Franklin Kiermyer, Joe Lovano, J.R. Monterose, David “Fathead” Newman, Eric Person, Arthur Rhames, Sam Rivers, Roswell Rudd, Pharaoh Sanders and John Stubblefield.

John is the owner/executive producer of Sunjump Records. He has created music for theater, dance, film, TV commercials, and multimedia performance art. He is a music faculty member and Artist-In-Residence at Bard College and resides in New York State’s Hudson Valley.

Laura Steele is a photographer/video artist whose artistic practice embraces a multitude of mediums, including photography, video, performance, and installation.  Laura teaches fine art printing and digital imaging techniques  at Bard College and was appointed lecturer in photography at Yale in the fall of 2011. She has been the assistant and studio manager to Stephen Shore since 2003.

She has received numerous awards for her work including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Her work has been shown widely in venues such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bard College, Meridian gallery (San Francisco, CA), and Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center (NYC). Laura received her B.A. in Photography from Bard College in 2003 after studies at Northwestern University, Massachusetts College of Art and Instituto Allende.www.steelelaura.com

Sunjump Records is owned and operated by John Esposito. Its purpose is to release John’s new works, archival projects and creative collaborations with friends.www.sunjumprecords.com

Second Ward Foundation is a non-profit organization that lends and exhibits contemporary art. The foundation occupies a 1920’s school house formerly known as the Charles Williams Memorial located in Hudson, New York at 71 North Third Street.  The 23,000 square foot facility has 12 classrooms that are being repurposed into galleries, artist studios, and a reference library, as well as a 500 person auditorium with a stage that will be used for performance and film events.

Contact: secondward@inbox.com

              sunjump@gmail.com

Facebook:www.facebook.com/secondwardfoundation

Concert Announcement:

LVanHart Artist Productions &
Saugerties Performing Arts Factory

Presents

Jazz 
Workshop
 at The Factory


Hello Jazz Fans!  Beginning Sunday, September 9th, Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, will host a weekly Jazz Workshop at 4:00pm each week.  The first concert/Workshop will be led by Grammy winner Malcolm Cecil.  A local favorite and our favorite bass player!


SPAF room shot from July 20 2012The Factory, July 20, 2012

Jazz Workshop at The Factory

Please join us and hear great jazz, have a drink, and some good fun!  Students are welcome to sit in with master musician Malcolm Cecil.  You won’t find any experience like this in Ulster county.  Quality jazz right in our own back yard.


Malcolm Cecil

Jazz Workshop at The Factory Schedule - September
9/9     Leader:  Malcolm Cecil, Bass

Featuring Neil Alexander, Synthesizer and Andrew Greeney, Drums and Surprise Guests!

Grammy winner engineer and producer Malcolm Cecil will feature works by Stevie Wonder (for whom he worked on several albums including Inner Vision, Talking Book and Fulfillingness’ First Finale), plus original material and jazz standards.

  

9/16    Leader:  John Esposito, Keyboard

Featuring Otto Gardner, Bass and Peter O’Brien, Drums and Special Guest Eric Person, Saxophone

John’s trio will be playing all original material.  For sitting in, bring in your favorite jazz standard or a tune from the Great American Songbook

 

9/23    Leader:  Matthew Finck, Guitar

          Featuring Malcolm Cecil, Bass and T. Xiques, Drums

            The music of Charlie Parker, plus original material and jazz standards

 

9/30    Leader:  Malcolm Cecil, Bass

          Featuring:  TBA

 

JAZZ WORKSHOP @ The Factory

Every Sunday, Beginning September 9, 2012

Music at 4:00pm

Music for ALL Ages!

169 Ulster Ave., Saugerties, NY  12477

Reservations:  845-246-7723 or saugertiesperformingartsfactory.com

Tickets:  $15 general admission/$8 students