Jazz is in a constant state of flux. It feeds off new ideas and innovation to keep the music vital and growing. Those who attended the recent JIGT performance witnessed a beacon of light, a group of emerging musicians led by band leader and pianist Zaccai Curtis--talented composer, arranger and pianist--who is forging new paths while remaining grounded in the traditions of the past.
Sometimes, at the Winery, it’s hard to tell who enjoyed the concert more -- the musicians or the audience. December 2nd was no exception. The quintet was anchored by the superb rhythm section of percussionist Reinaldo de Jesus and drummer Jocelyn Pleasant. Tivon Pennicott, who has a real understanding of the importance of the "groove," rocked the tenor sax (and, after the performance, he bolted to catch a plane to Paris for his next performance!) In an unexpected twist, Jonathan Michel, on bass, played the role of percussionist in several of the original pieces performed by the group.
Although these musicians had played with each other many times (and known each other since childhood), it was their premier performance as a group, and it was evident that they were happy to be together and create music that not only entertained, but inspired listeners to think outside the box.
It’s a week past the event, and people are still raving about their performance. The audience included quite a few new jazz fans. We hope that they will pass the word about this rare opportunity to rub shoulders with the best musicians in the NYC jazz scene right here in their own backyard.
Zaccai advised us to remember the names of the band members...and we will, Zaccai, we will! You are undeniably on your way to the top!
"Thank you! We had so much fun! Thanks again for everything. You and the whole staff are absolutely amazing and we really appreciate your following! They were an amazing audience. Hope to perform there again in the future! Thanks again and talk soon! -Z