Hello dear listeners!
Happy Thanksgiving! We are grateful for you, our Parlor Series community, and give thanks for the extraordinary talents who reside in our sanctuary city that have graced our family home with soul food of the music variety over the last 5 years! Thank you to all the musicians and music lovers out there — because we can all use a little wash in musical energy and positivity!
And therefore…. we are thrilled to once again welcome the amazing Chris Dingman back to the parlor with his new trio…
Sunday 4 December, Chris Dingman Trio
Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.
Sunday, January 8, 3pm – Michael Blake
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After growing up in San Jose, CA, Chris Dingman earned his B.A. from Wesleyan University (CT). In 2005, Dingman was one of seven musicians selected by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Terence Blanchard for a two year residency at the Thelonious Monk Institute in Los Angeles. While there he toured with Hancock and Shorter to Vietnam and India through the U.S. State Department. Upon moving to Brooklyn in 2007, Dingman began a series of now long-standing collaborations with artists Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Ambrose Akinmusire, Steve Lehman, Jen Shyu, Sam Sadigursky, Ike Sturm, and many others.
In 2011, Dingman released his debut album Waking Dreams to widespread critical acclaim, voted Debut of the Year in the annual Jazz Critics poll. The next year he received the Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant to write the concert-length work The Subliminal and the Sublime. In 2015, the piece was featured at The Greene Space at WNYC, at Bryant Park’s New Music series, and at the CMA Concert of Commissioned Works. Dingman was named a Rising Star on vibes for five years in a row from 2009 to 2014 in the Downbeat Critics Polls, topping the category in 2012. In the 2015 poll, Dingman was voted among the top 8 vibraphonists in jazz. Most recently, he scored the feature documentary Actors of Sound, which premiered at the LA Film Festival in June 2016; further ahead, his work will be featured in a week-long residency at The Stone in February 2017.
Born in Malaysia, raised in, Perth, Western Australia, Linda began playing piano, bassoon and at fifteen dabbled on electric bass playing jazz in high school bands while playing a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Linda studied at the W.A Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where she graduated with first-class honors.
She was a James Morrison Scholarship Finalist in 2003 and in 2004 was an IAJE Sister in Jazz and received the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s award in 2008. She also received an honorary mention at the 2009 Thelonious Monk Bass Competition and received the 2010 Bell Award for Young Australian Artist of the Year. In 2010 she was nominated for the Jazz Journalist’s Awards for Up and Coming Artist of the Year, and received the award of No. 1 Acoustic Bass Rising Star in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll. This same year she received 2nd place at the BASS2010 Competition in Berlin.
Linda completed her Masters at the Manhattan School of Music in 2008 studying with Jay Anderson, John Riley, Phil Markowitz, Dave Liebman and Rodney Jones. She now teaches the precollege division there and is involved in jazz videoconference master-classes for high-schools around the US. As an active teacher she was also involved in creating a series of lessons for the up and coming BassGuru app for iPad and iPhone.
Linda has performed with the musicians such as Joe Lovano, Steve Wilson, Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, Kenny Barron, Geri Allen, Fabian Almazan, and Terri Lyne Carrington.
Linda is an active double bassist, electric bassist and composer, composing music for various ensembles and short films, also participating in the BMI Film Composers Workshop and Sundance Labs at Skywalker Ranch. Linda composed for Sabrina McCormick’s short film “A Good Egg” which was featured in the New York Shorts Festival.
In 2009 her self-released debut trio album “Entry” with Obed Calvaire and Ambrose Akinmusire received some critical attention. It was listed in Artforum magazine as one of Vijay Iyer’s top ten of 2009.
Her second album “Initial Here” released on Greenleaf Records in 2012 features a quartet with Dayna Stephens on tenor sax, Fabian Almazan on piano and Rudy Royston on drums with special guest Jen Shyu on vocals. This album was mentioned several times for album of the year in various jazz polls.
“Sun Pictures” is her third release – a quartet album recorded live at WKCR studios featuring Ben Wendel on tenor saxophone, James Muller on guitar and Ted Poor on drums.
Linda is currently working on her second trumpet trio album and an eight-piece group featuring a string quartet – with music that was commissioned by the Jazz Gallery in 2012. She is now a member of Pet Metheny’s most recent quartet project.
Since his arrival in New York City in the fall of 2001, Luxembourg native Paul Wiltgen, has made a name for himself among the local and international music industry as an accomplished jazz percussionist and forward-thinking composer. An artist in the truest sense of the word, Paul has earned acclaim as a musician with a unique balance of aesthetic and passion.
After an extensive classical tutelage at the Music Conservatory in Esch/Alzette (Luxembourg) and at various music workshops throughout the world, he completed both undergraduate and graduate jazz studies at Manhattan School of Music, learning from the likes of John Riley, David Liebman, Samir Chatterjee & Michael Abene.
Becoming a truly pancontinental artist, Paul has appeared alongside such emerging stars as Patrick Cornelius, Michael Janisch, David Binney, Miles Okazaki, Linda Oh, Ambrose Akinmusire, Will Vinson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Lage Lund, Mike Moreno, Franz von Chossy, Tim Collins, Brian Seeger, Cedric Hanriot, Kristjan Randalu and Pablo Held.
Besides mainly working as a sideman and occasionally leading his own groups, Paul is currently also co-leading the Reis / Demuth / Wiltgen Trio. From 2004 until 2007, he was the leader of a New York band named “The Paislies”, which released its debut album on the Fresh Sound New Talent record label. Paul was also one of the original members of The TransAtlantic Collective, a vivacious contemporary jazz ensemble made up of musicians based in London and New York City.