November 23 – Nadje Noordhuis and James Shipp

Next month we are thrilled to be presenting an incredible collaboration by Nadje Noordhuis and James Shipp. Combining cinematic sweep, transportive emotion, and rich melodic grandeur, trumpeter/composer Nadje Noordhuis possesses one of the most unforgettably lyrical voices in modern music. Her deeply-felt, clarion tone and evocative compositional gift meld classical rigor, jazz expression, and world music accents into a sound that is distinctively her own.

She will be collaborating with James Shipp,  a vibraphonist, percussionist, composer, and bandleader who plays a wide variety of instruments and styles. James brings an incredible touch to a myriad of instruments, weaving textures and moods inspired by jazz both new and old, Caribbean music, Brazilian music, “third-stream” chamber music, and blending these different genres and styles with a unique grace. They will be joined be a very special guest, bassist Shawn Conley.

Nadje Noordhuis’ long-awaited self-titled debut on Little Mystery Records features the stellar line-up of violinist Sara Caswell, pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Obed Calvaire, with appearances by percussionist James Shipp and classical guitarist Rupert Boyd. The recording is a luxurious autobiography in music. Composed over the course of a decade, the album’s eight songs incorporate gorgeous melodies, lush romanticism, vibrant improvisation, and influences ranging from Pat Metheny to Irish folk songs to tango to film scores.

Noordhuis’ journey has taken her from a youth spent studying classical music in her native Australia to a headlong dive into the world of jazz that has earned her acclaim in the music’s mecca, New York. She was one of ten semi-finalists in the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and was selected as a Carnegie Hall Young Artist to undertake a weeklong residency with trumpet great Dave Douglas in 2010. Also in 2007, she attended an eclectic residency at the Omi International Arts Center in upstate New York, where she forged musical and personal bonds with singer-songwriters, a South African minimalist composer, an Irish flutist, a French flamenco guitarist, and a trombonist experimenting with electronic music.

Noordhuis is a member of several big bands, including Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, the Diva Jazz Orchestra, and Kyle Saulnier’s Awakening Orchestra. She also performs regularly with bassist Josh Paris, percussionist James Shipp, and vocalists Amy Cervini, and Melissa Stylianou. In addition, she was a featured soloist on the 2011 CD Johnny Mandel: The Man and His Music, recorded at Lincoln Center and conducted by the legendary composer himself.

James Shipp is a vibraphonist, percussionist, composer, and bandleader who has been living and working in New York for the past 13 years.
James plays a wide variety of instruments and styles, most of which are based in or around jazz, which he refers to as the “big tent” in the international music world. In his career James has played jazz both new and old, Caribbean music, Brazilian music, “third-stream” chamber music, mostly improvised music, rock, funk, r&b, and with many bands that cross and blend different genres and styles.

James appears regularly playing vibes and/or percussion with Jean Rohe and the End of the World Show, Rumbatap, Land of Lealand, The Awakening Orchestra, The Steve Kroon Sextet, and The Joel Harrison 19.

James’ current focus as a bandleader is Nós Novo, a quartet that re-imagines traditional music from Ireland and the surrounding areas through the lenses of modern jazz and Brazilian musics. There is more information about this group available by clicking the “current projects” tab, and examples of its music can be heard on the “listen” page. The band is comprised of James on vibes, melodica, and percussion, Jo Lawry on vocals and mandolin, Keith Ganz on guitars, and Rogerio Boccato on percussion.

Bassist Shawn Conley grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. While in high school, he won a position in the Honolulu Symphony, and both the State and Southwest divisions of the MTNA solo string competition. He continued his studies at Rice University with Paul Ellison where he received both bachelors and masters degrees in music performance. Shawn also won a Wagoner fellowship to study in Paris with legendary bassist and pedagogue François Rabbath, earning both performance and teaching diplomas. Shawn has attended many prestigious summer festivals including The Tanglewood Music Center, The Henry Mancini Institute, Domaine Forget Academy. Along with teaching privately, Shawn has been on the faculty of the Hawaii Contrabass festival for its past two sessions, in 06’ and 08’. In 2007 he was the third place winner at the International Society of Bassist Scott LaFaro Jazz competition. Shawn currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Please let us know if you will be able to attend.  Space is limited.  RSVPs are requested.


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