Monday 4th July 2016
- Wednesday 6th July 2016
£25.00 - £55.00
2 shows per night (onstage 7.30pm and 10.15pm) for the reunion of the legendary Steps Ahead featuring: Mike Mainieri - vibraphone, Eliane Elias - piano, Donny McCaslin - saxophone, Marc Johnson - bass and Billy Kilson - drums.
Mike Mainieri - Primarily recognized as an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, Mike Mainieri’s equally remarkable talents as producer, performer, arranger, and composer have contributed to shaping the cutting edge in music. During the ‘50s and early ‘60s, he performed with such legendary artists as Buddy Rich, Billie Holliday, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins and Wes Montgomery. At the age of 20, he won Downbeat’s International Jazz Critic’s Award. Find out more here: http://nycrecords.com/
Eliane Elias - There’s no question about it, with her most recent recording, “Made In Brazil” winning a Grammy Award® for Best Latin Jazz Album, her 7 previous Grammy Award® nominations, four time “Gold Disc Award” recipient and three time winner of “Best Vocal Album” in Japan, #1 artist in sales and radio in France, with all recordings reaching top five on USA Billboard Jazz Charts, Jazz radio charts, and several reaching #1 on iTunes and Amazon.com to name a few accolades, Eliane Elias has taken her place in the pantheon of music giants. She has sold over 2 million albums during the span of her career. Find out more here: http://elianeelias.com/
Donny McCaslin - Acclaimed saxophonist Donny McCaslin takes a bold leap forward with his tenth album as a leader, Casting for Gravity. McCaslin's gargantuan tenor sound finds an ideal setting to rampage through in the ferocious grooves and electronic textures of keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and drummer Mark Guiliana. On working on David Bowie's new album: "It was in many ways a dream come true although I'm not sure I could have dreamed of such a thing. And now I'm equal parts sad and grateful for everything that has happened. David Bowie was an inspiration to work with and Blackstar is a testament to the time Mark Guiliana, Tim Lefevbre, Jason Lindner, Ben Monder, and I spent with him last year." Find out more here: http://www.donnymccaslin.com/
Marc Johnson - Marc is a highly respected bassist. His many recording credits include discs with Bill Evans, Eliane Elias (his wife), Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, Stan Getz, Bob Brookmeyer, Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny, Eliane Elias, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Baron, Philly Joe Jones, Jack DeJohnette, Peter Erskine, Paul Motian and many others. Find out more here: http://www.innerviews.org/inner/johnson.html
Billy Kilson - The Berklee educated, innovative drummer Billy Kilson may have started out playing the trumpet and trombone, but playing the drums was certainly his calling. While in Boston, Alan Dawson became his teacher and mentor. Billy absorbed everything Alan taught. This diversified performer has toured, received Grammy awards as well as several nominations for his work with such famed musicians as Dave Holland, George Duke, Dianne Reeves, Hank Jones, Larry Carlton, Bob James and Chris Botti. Find out more here: http://www.billykilson.com/
STEPS AHEAD FULL BIOGRAPHY
In December of 1977, vibraphonist, Mike Mainieri, formed a group which became known as ‘Steps’, featuring Michael Brecker, Don Grolnick, Eddie Gomez and Steve Gadd. A year later, it ventured beyond its home, the jazz club “Seventh Avenue South” to Tokyo, Japan to record two albums in one week for Nippon Columbia Records as part of a three-album contract. The group had been performing to sold out crowds for several months, and by now, what had begun as an informal setting for Mainieri’s group to play new compositions or just blow on some standards, took on a momentum of its own.
In retrospect, what fired the imagination of this combination of musicians and their audiences was that this groups ability to swerve in and out of various musical forms with the attitude and abandonment of a New York taxi driver. They maneuvered through straight ahead originals, sambas, standards, funk driven vamps to free form pieces that left the audience breathless.
Their debut double live album, entitled “Smokin’ In The Pit” was first released in 1978 by Nippon Columbia in Japan and went “Gold” in three months. In 1980, there was a change in the line up when legendary drummer, Peter Erskine left “Weather Report” and replaced Steve Gadd at the drums. A year later, Steps (renamed) STEPS AHEAD, recorded its first release on a major label, Electra Records, and introduced the amazing twenty-one year old Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias.
What followed in the next 35 years is legendary, as the groups evolution under Mainieri’s leadership has maintained a high level of musicianship and innovation.
Mike is proud to present the extraordinary artistry of the Steps Ahead ‘alumni’ who have reunited for this year’s musical journey.
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