Avery Sharpe – José Luis Santacruz – Miguel Ángel Orengo TRIO
Avery Sharpe | Double Bass
Jose Luis Santacruz | Soprano Sax
Miguel Ángel Orengo | Drums
Avery Sharpe, who was for 23 years the double bassist and with whom he recorded 20 albums by jazz giant McCoy Tyner (known in turn for being part of the John Coltrane quartet in its most golden era and heir to its legacy) and José Luis Santacruz will be making music together next year 2022. His joint admiration for the figure of Jaco Pastorius and Santacruz’s album dedicated to African-American composers brought his passions closer by suggesting the possibility of exchanging his particular visions of Jazz. Avery’s credits include works and recordings with jazz greats such as Archie Shepp ,Art Blakey ,Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsales, Yusef Lateef, Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny or Billy Taylor. It has its own label JKNM Records and 12 albums under its name.
José Luis Santacruz in turn has earned a reputation in the USA after the success of his album Through Jaco, leading to his trio collaborations with Felix and Julius Pastorius (three tours in Europe) and his recordings with guitarist and producer Michael Ferenci. It has 12 albums in its name ,a book/CD.
and numerous recordings with artists inside and outside Jazz; includes in his credits works and recordings with : Terje Veenas, Max Sunyer, Jean Luc Vallet , Jorge Pardo, ,Chano Dominguez, Perico Sambeat, Nico Fioole or Julio Muñoz .
La gira incluye Master Class:
The tour includes Master Class: Avery Sharpe’s extensive educational activities include numerous clinics and workshops in the USA and abroad. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Williams College, Berklee School of Music, Bates College, the University of Miami and at universities in Peru, Brazil, Australia and elsewhere. He is also a faculty advisor to the Williams Gospel Choir and a member of the affiliated faculty of African studies. His awards include the NAACP Martin Luther King Jr Special Achievement Award, several fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New England Foundation for the Arts Achievement in Jazz Award.
José Luis Santacruz is a true story of struggle and overcoming. After starting his professional career in the world of jazz and after publishing his first album, Arroz con costra (1994), in 1995 he suffered a terrible accident that, among other damages, caused an amnesia that forced him to have to learn again to play saxophone. In 2003, he moved to Indonesia, where he studied Chi Qong, Yogas and Dance, and later to Norway, where he studied other Scandinavian arts and disciplines and was an expert monitor for musicians’ ailments. Twelve years dedicated to teaching and writing several pedagogical books, one of them, very special, about the work of Jaco Pastorius.
His awards: finalist of the Madeinjazz competition in New York, in the category “best performer”, in the International Composition Competition “Maurice Ravel”, in the section of Contemporary-Classical and the Latin Jazz Competition in Havana (Cuba) 2004. The trio line-up is completed by the drummer Miguel Ángel Orengo, successful percussionist who has recorded and worked with an endless list of artists and symphonic orchestras inside and outside Spain. He’s currently professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Murcia.
Hipster Assassins is a collaborative endeavor of virtuosic talent that came together in New York City at the historic Zinc Bar in 2010. Over the next 2 years the band had a weekly Monday night residency at Zinc where it started to develop its own sound playing both originals and covers. Since its inception, the band has played all over the world, including Montreal Jazz Fest, the Jazz Cafe in Costa Rica and plays once a month at NYC’s famous 55 Bar.
Each of the 5 members bring their own unique, original voices to the band. Their vast experience with legends of the industry has allowed the members of Hipster Assassins to bring unique voices and ideas to the band, and has been essential to the development of their unique sound.
Felix Pastorius, Bassist: The son of Jaco Pastorius who has worked with the Yellowjackets, Jeff Coffin’s Mutet, A$AP Rocky, and Onyx Collective, has worked hard and achieved his own voice on the electric bass. This voice is the anchor of the band.
Chris Ward, Saxophonist: Chris has worked/recorded with Michael Stipe and Fischerspooner, Lord Huron, The Family Crest, and various projects from all genres, from video game soundtracks to jazz big bands.
John Bendy, Guitarist: Brought up in the blues, John learned his craft from masters Bill Perry and Popa Chubby. His fierce, virtuosic style comes from a blend of the blues and high energy jazz fusion.
Mike Bendy, Bass: The idea of a second bassist in a band could be strange to some, but Mike’s virtuosic skill and experience gives him the tools to compliment the other low-end instruments in the band perfectly. Outside of Hipster Assassins Mike has performed with Kenwood Dennard, Alex Foster, Sean Wayland and the metal band Res15.
Kenny Grohowski, Drums: Kenny works regularly with various John Zorn projects as well as the famed fusion group Brand X. He has also worked with Lonnie Plaxico and Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory.
“Reza” (Jaco Pastorius, 1983) performed by the Through Jaco Legacy Trio at the Jazz&Vento festival in Cortale (CZ), Italy.
Felix Pastorius | Bass
Julius Pastorius | Drums
Jose Luis Santacruz | Soprano Sax