JEFF ANTONIUK & THE JAZZ UPDATE PLAY CLASSIC JAZZ FROM
THE COLUMBIA RECORD YEARS
“A creative spark that never lets up.” _ Ron Netsky, Rochester City Newspaper
“A quartet to be reckoned with” - Doug Morrissey, MusikReviews.com
“Considerable chops” _ Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times
Columbia Records was one of the handful of big New York record labels that read like the history of jazz, from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis to Branford Marsalis. The Jazz Update promises an entertaining evening of jazz from a cross- section of Columbia albums, plus some of their own work from their own CDs.
The band includes saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk, pianist Wade Beach, bassist Tom Baldwin, and drummer Tony Martucci. “This is a quartet steeped in a 21st-century style of hard bop that still values solid melody lines, probing improvisation, and, when called for, sheer beauty” (George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon).
The program includes well-known tunes such as Paul Desmond’s “Take Five,” made famous by the Dave Brubeck Quartet and featured on the Columbia hit album, Take Five, the first jazz album to sell more than a million copies.
Another tune on the program "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" (later renamed "Theme for Lester Young"), composed and recorded by Charles Mingus on his 1959 album Mingus Ah Um. The tune is an elegy for recently-deceased saxophonist Lester Young, who was known for wearing a broad-rimmed pork pie hat. The tune has been recorded by many jazz and jazz fusion artists.
The band will also play lesser-known tunes, such as “Friday the Thirteenth” composed by Columbia artist Thelonious Monk, and later rerecorded by Branford Marsalis on his Columbia release Bloomington. It is one of Monk’s quirkiest compositions, from a composer known for quirkiness. Although on paper song is just four measures long, for a performer, it is a workout for the imagination.
Antoniuk originals on the program include “Springfield,” from the Jazz Update’s freshman album, Here Today. A cross of hoe-down, blues and manic bluegrass, the song is a favorite of Jazz Update fans where ever they play. A single from the Brotherhood CD, “Screwball” is inspired by Jeff’s young son Aidan and highlights kinetic and mercurial moods of a seven-year-old boy. The tune is an uplifting romp that swings through many time shifts and metric modulations.
The concert happens at Twins Jazz, 1344 “U” Street, Washington, D.C. one of the city’s premier jazz venues. There are shows at 8pm and 10pm. Cover charge is $16, plus a food-and-drink minimum. Call (202) 234-0072 for reservations and advance tickets.