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One Night Only: Gregory Tardy Trio

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Join the Hancock Partners, Hancock Capitol Theatre, Catskill Explorer Excursion Train Line, the Hancock Hounds Dog Park and other local businesses to welcome to Hancock New York the accomplished and acclaimed Saxophonist, multi-reedist, and composer Gregory Tardy and his famed Trio. Tardy is one of the most versatile jazz musicians of his generation, but he  started pursuing jazz much later than many in his generation. Tardy was purely a classical  musician into his early 20s when he heard Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane play  Monk’s Mood. “As I listened to the recording, I knew I had to figure out how they were  able to play what they played,” says Tardy. He returned to his birthplace, New Orleans,  to try and study at the University of New Orleans with Ellis Marsalis. He had enough  money for one semester and then he was out on the street playing with the brass  bands and whoever he could, to keep himself in the city; practicing and learning as  much about jazz as possible. “I had so much catching up to do,” Tardy says. “There  were all of these outstanding players down there-many who went on to be well known,  like Nicholas Payton, Brian Blade, Victor Goines, Mark Turner, Delfeayo and Jason  Marsalis and far too many others to mention. It was there that I really started to get my  playing together.” Joining him in this stunning trio are Matthew Parrish & John Chin.

A treasured longtime figure on the New York jazz scene, pianist John Chin is a prolific composer and heavy-duty improviser who pulls real magic out of his eclectic bag of jazz, pop and western classical traditions. With a deft, light touch, chin goes from speedy, tatum-esque runs up and down the keyboard (amazing independence of both hands) on a variety of boppy standards to bruisingly intimate reflections that poke at the harmonic, melodic and contrapuntal possibilities of his chosen repertoire. working within the confines of a trad jazz trio (acoustic piano, stand-up bass and drums) seems to open wide vistas for the juilliard-trained, kenny barron–mentored chin. He’s full of surprises in his seemingly organic ability to veer from the bluesy roots of the jazz-canon playbook to full-on hypermodern abstraction, transcending the dusty clichés of both.

Matthew Parrish has recorded with musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paquito D’Rivera, Clark Terry, Etta Jones, James Williams, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, James Newton, Miri Ben-Ari, Gary Thomas, Vana Gierig, Orrin Evans, and Houston Person


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Gregory Tardy

Gregory Tardy

Tardy moved to NYC towards the end of the “young lion” movement in jazz and landed  a major label contract with Impulse Records. After Serendipity was released, he was  again the victim of timing, due to the merger between Verve and Impulse; he had been  one of the last artists signed, therefore he was one of the first ones dropped. At this  point in his career he was also a highly sought after New York sideman. Tardy is a  veteran of bands led by Elvin Jones, Andrew Hill, Tom Harrell, Dave Douglas, Nicholas  Payton, Bill Frisell, Rashied Ali, Elio Villafranca, Todd Marcus, Omer Avital, and Brian  Lynch. He’s also played with many prominent jazz artists including: Wynton Marsalis,  Jay McShann, Roy Hargrove, Brad Mehldau, Steve Coleman, Betty Carter, Don Byron,  Ellis Marsalis, John Patitucci, and many more. He has also performed and/or recorded  along with many other notable saxophonists, such as Joe Lovano, Mark Turner, Chris  Potter, Dewey Redman, Ravi Coltrane, James Moody, and others. As a clarinetist, he  has also been featured prominently on tours/recordings with Tom Harrell, Ohad Talmor/ Steve Swallow, Stefon Harris, Chris Potter, Elio Villafranca, Regina Carter, Andrew Hill  and others. He has performed at all of the major jazz festivals and on some of the  biggest stages in jazz. He has been featured prominently on several Downbeat Albums  of the Year and also several Grammy nominated recordings; including a Grammy  winning CD with Brian Lynch in 2006. Gregory Tardy has been voted a Rising Star in  Downbeat Magazine’s Annual Critics and Readers Polls multiple times, on saxophone  and clarinet. He also has recorded fifteen CDs as a leader.  

Tardy got so busy as a sideman that he didn’t have the time to really focus on his own  career. “There just wasn’t enough time to do everything I wanted. I was still writing lots of music, but as the major labels folded I began recording for some of the smaller  labels. I was happy to get the documentation of my compositions.” 

With Tardy’s latest release, If Time Could Stand Still, he teams up with producer Willie  Jones III on WJ3 Records. “The title track is an emotional ballad written as a reflection  on some changing seasons in my life. My kids are older teens now, my oldest leaving  for college this fall, and my parents are in their 80s. As a musician you spend a lot of  time on the road, so some precious moments are spent away from loved ones. I have  moments now where I wish time could stand still, to savor these moments with loved  ones. For others it might be a situation they are enjoying, a job, gig or something that  they want to last, but I keep reminding myself it’s never too late. I know our best hope  is to try and fully appreciate the time we have, before they become memories.” Tardy  originally wrote If Time Could Stand Still for quartet, but when producer Willie Jones III  heard Tardy and pianist Keith Brown rehearsing it, he really felt the song’s power was  as a duo. “It definitely captured the vibe I was feeling.” 

Tardy is self taught in composition and often writes using recent influences or  concepts. Much of this project was music that Tardy wrote with his love of swing and  the tradition in mind. “I’ve played in many amazing bands over the years and people  often associate what I have done as a sideman as my voice, but that is not necessarily  true. In my writing, I try to explore new things, although I always keep the tradition in  the back of my head, as well. I really respect the tradition…but I try not to let it stop  me from going for new stuff that I hear.” He has seven original compositions on this  project many focused on the joy in swinging. “I once heard an older musician say ‘it is  better to be felt than to be heard’. I never forgot that. That is my approach to writing  and playing any style of music.” All About Jazz sums up Tardy’s career so far by writing, “Tardy already has his own  voice and is on track to help write the next chapter in jazz history. This is exactly what  more and more potential jazz listeners should be hearing.” Even though the journey in  jazz started late for Tardy, he’s working double-time because he knows that time can’t  stand still.

Matthew Parrish
Matthew Parrish

Matthew Parrish, has ‘come into his own’ as a sought after performer, arranger, composer, producer and instructor. Matthew brings skills and s wing as he puts his heart into every note he plays. He has a genuine warmth and loyalty to the music that transcends into every note, every tune, and every interaction with his fellow musicians.

Born in central California to hard-working, music-loving parents of four children, Matthew is the youngest to his next sibling by eleven years. With a variety of jazz, rock, and classical music being played around him since birth, whether live or recorded, and a father who played acoustic bass early in his military career, Matt was destined for a life dedicated to music. Although he started on trumpet in middle school, he switched from that instrument for the acoustic bass in a last minute decision of the heart right before his Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts music program audition. He was accepted as an acoustic bass student in jazz studies and he has never stopped learning his craft.

Matt’s young bass career is grounded in Philadelphia, PA. He had the blessing, in his late teens and early twenties, of performing with Shirley Scott, Mickey Roker, Bobby Durham, Cecil Payne, Johnny Coles, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Sylvia Simms, Danny Turner, and fellow young musicians, Orrin Evans and Byron Landham. Matthew went on to have the unforgettable experience of touring with legendary trombonist, Al Grey. This era also included performing with Clark Terry, Marion McPartland, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lou Donaldson, Joe Cohn, Savion Glover, and Bill Charlap.

After the sad passing of Al, an important mentor and friend, Matthew continued to tour with the bands of Greg Osby, Jon Jang, James Newton, Stefon Harris, and Regina Carter. Matt came to be relied upon as a gifted composer and arranger in addition to his steady performing. His own works, as played by Matt on bass, are on his debut CD, ‘Circles’ (Hipnotic Records), as well as on recordings from Regina Carter and Dave Leonhardt, Denise Montana, and Ben Schachter.

Matthew also has recorded with musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paquito D’Rivera, Clark Terry, Etta Jones, James Williams, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, James Newton, Miri Ben-Ari, Gary Thomas, Vana Gierig, Orrin Evans, and Houston Person.

Matt continues to tour throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America with bands of the legendary Freddy Cole, Houston Person, and Vana Gierig. Matt has also presented his own popular showcase concerts in the Philadelphia area, with everything from an old-school, Philly-tinted ‘tenor sax battle’ with Larry McKenna, Bootsie Barnes, Houston Person, and Tim Warfield, to a Brazilian ‘jungle jazz’ concert featuring Amazonian performers Karine Aguiar, Ygor Saunier, and Vinicius Barros, with Vana on piano, and Marcello Pellitteri on drums.

No stranger to the New York City jazz scene, Matt frequents the Jazz Standard, the Blue Note, Dizzy’s ‘Coca Cola’ Club at Lincoln Center, Smalls, Birdland, and the Iridium. He is also no stranger to Washington, D.C. and Boston, MA jazz clubs and, of course, he is a devoted Philadelphia, PA performer. As Matt has decades of performing behind him, he has most recently been excelling as a music producer with a focus on vocal production from the Blossom Dearie-esque works of Michelle Lordi to the powerful, raw ballads of Ruth Naomi Floyd.

With decades of his life devoted to the art of jazz bass, Matthew shares his experience by teaching and mentoring young children through adults in assemblies, master classes, and lectures throughout the United States, including his current tenure at Princeton University.

JOHN CHIN

John Chin

A treasured longtime figure on the New York jazz scene, pianist John Chin is a prolific composer and heavy-duty improviser who pulls real magic out of his eclectic bag of jazz, pop and western classical traditions. With a deft, light touch, chin goes from speedy, tatum-esque runs up and down the keyboard (amazing independence of both hands) on a variety of boppy standards to bruisingly intimate reflections that poke at the harmonic, melodic and contrapuntal possibilities of his chosen repertoire. working within the confines of a trad jazz trio (acoustic piano, stand-up bass and drums) seems to open wide vistas for the juilliard-trained, kenny barron–mentored chin. He’s full of surprises in his seemingly organic ability to veer from the bluesy roots of the jazz-canon playbook to full-on hypermodern abstraction, transcending the dusty clichés of both.

John Chin has been a fixture on the New York jazz scene since 1998 and was introduced to the piano at age four. Under the tutelage of master pianist and composer Kenny Barron, John earned an artist diploma from the world-renowned Juilliard School. as an Associate Professor of Music at the Rocnation School of Music in Brooklyn, his extensive experience in the classroom would lay the foundation for his own pedagogy; his experience and reputation have led to performance and pedogogical opportunities the world over, while helping to sustain a New York studio of his own, located in Brooklyn’s history-rich Prospect Park.

John has performed internationally as a leader and sideman, at many major festivals, as well as some of America’s most important and storied jazz rooms. he has shared the stage with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jaimee Brown, Gregory Tardy, Mark Turner, Dayna Stephens, Joel Frahm, John Ellis, Chris Cheek, and Ari Hoenig, among many others. Chin is a prolific composer, drawing inspiration from the jazz, pop, and western classical traditions, as a pianist for vocalist Rene Marie, Chin was nominated for a Grammy for his work on her release, Sound of Red in 2017. With five releases as a leader to-date: 2008’s Blackout Conception,  2014’s piano trio recording Undercover, 2015’s Songs After Hours, a collection of pieces by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison, 2016’s Fifth, an evolution in his musical development, and john’s latest release, Anything Mose!(the music of Mose Allison) was released in 2021.