Bill Stevens

Insights into Harmonic Explorations III

We are now three weeks away to our third in a three part series of concerts I have titled, Harmonic Explorations. On Thursday, December 14, 2017 we will present a set of music that comes from my years of study into the Jazz modal harmony concepts of Ron Miller and Dave Liebman. Both conclude their teachings in their books at how these advanced harmonic concepts can be applied to the standard repertoire. The set will include three of my re-imagined standards to Dear Old Stockholm, Yesterdays and I Thought About You. We will also perform two of Ron's re-imagined standards to Beautiful Love and Green Dolphin Street. Our set will begin at 7:30pm at the historic 5C Cafe & Cultural Center (68 Avenue C at E 5th Street) and will once again feature Richard Philbin on the tenor sax, Harry Miller on piano, Luca Rosenfeld on the upright bass and on drums, Gary Fogel.

The second set that evening will begin at 9:00pm and feature the original music of bassist Luca Rosenfeld. He will be joined by Elias Stemeseder on piano and Billy Mintz on drums. Luca creates amazing atmospheric moods that segue seamlessly between his writing and individual and collective improvisation. This is music that draws the listener in with his ability to shape sound into colors. This ensemble features two of New York 's emerging artists in both Luca and Elias, as well as the veteran presence of the great Billy Mintz on drums. 

I am also thrilled to announce that the location of this event will be the historic 5C Cafe & Cultural Center at 68 Avenue C at E 5th Street. The 5C is owned by Trudi and Bruce Silver who are incredibly knowledgeable and supportive toward the arts. Trudi is a musician who performs regularly at the 5C on their beautiful baby grand piano, while Bruce knows the music inside and out, as well as having seen John Coltrane perform over 100 times. The cafe serves food, wine and beer with live music almost every night. But it is also a cultural center in the heart of the East Village offering services including classes to kids and adults. They are also an activist organization giving a voice to the voiceless. If you are not familiar with the 5C, this is a great opportunity to hear some music, have a meal and a drink. We hope to see you on December 14.