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Carl Grubbs Ensemble with Reggie Workman
Sat, 09/24/11 (1680 days ago)  
From: 08:00 PM To: 09:00 PM  
Location: An die Musik Live
Carl Grubbs
Contemporary Arts Inc.
in collaboration with An die Musik LIVE presents
Carl Grubbs Ensemble wth Reggie Workman

Carl Grubbs, saxophones
Richard Johnson, piano
Reggie Workman, bass
Eric Allen, drums

Tickets: $20/$18 students & seniors

Reggie Workman has long been one of the most technically gifted of all bassists, a brilliant player whose versatile style fits into both hard bop and very avant-garde settings. He played piano, tuba, and euphonium early on but settled on bass in the mid-'50s. After working regularly with Gigi Gryce (1958), Red Garland, and Roy Haynes, he was a member of the John Coltrane Quartet for much of 1961, participating in several important recordings and even appearing with Coltrane and Eric Dolphy on a half-hour West German television show that is currently available on video (The Coltrane Legacy). After Jimmy Garrison took his place with Coltrane, Workman became a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1962-1964) and was in the groups of Yusef Lateef (1964-65), Herbie Mann, and Thelonious Monk (1967). He recorded frequently in the 1960s (including many Blue Note dates and Archie Shepp's classic Four for Trane).

Since that time, Workman has been both an educator (serving on the faculty of music schools including the University of Michigan) and a working musician, and has played with numerous legendary jazz musicians including Max Roach, Art Farmer, Mal Waldron, David Murray, Sam Rivers, and Andrew Hill (Rivers and Hill joined Workman for the 1993 session, Summit Conference). In the 1980s, Workman began leading his own group, the Reggie Workman Ensemble. He also began a collaboration with pianist Marilyn Crispell that lasted into the next decade (the two acclaimed musicians reunited for a festival performance in 2000). During the '90s, Workman was not only active with his own ensemble, but also in Trio Three, with Andrew Cyrille and Oliver Lake, and Reggie Workman's Grooveship and Extravaganza.

In recognition of Reggie Workman's international performances and recordings spanning over 40 years, he was named a Living Legend by the African-American Historical and Cultural Museum in his hometown of Philadelphia; he is also a recipient of the Eubie Blake Award.

Carl G. Grubbs – Baker Artist Award Winner, 2009 Carl Gordon Grubbs, alto, soprano and tenor saxophonist – composer, is a native of Philadelphia. Carl’s father Earl Grubbs played blues piano and his Mother played gospel piano. His mother often told the story of how after attending a concert, they developed an intense desire to see their sons Carl and Earl play instruments and perform concerts. In the beginning Earl played saxophone and Carl played piano. Later they purchased an alto saxophone for Earl and a clarinet for Carl and enrolled them at a local music store for private instruction. His parents also hired a musician that provided tutelage on music harmony and theory. The brothers also received early extensive training from John Coltrane, who was married to his cousin, Naima. Through his family, Carl was close to many of the history-making jazz musicians of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Carl’s career can best be described as one of diversity: composer, performer, teacher, leader, recording artist and presenter. With his brother, Earl, he formed The Visitors, a quintet that recorded four albums for the Muse record company in the early 1970’s. After moving to Baltimore he was awarded a grant from the NEA, Harborplace Merchants Association and the Rouse Company to present concerts at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and workshops for local artists at Southern High School... Notable jazz musicians such as Pharaoh Sanders, Monty Waters, Ken McIntyre and Earl Grubbs performed in concert in the Light Street Pavilion. These artists also facilitated workshops in jazz improvisation for local artists. Carl’s second NEA grant provided funding for concert performances of the DC Jazz Workshop Orchestra which he directed under the auspices of D.C. Space, a nonprofit presenting organization.

Carl co-founded with Bob Gray, Saxophonist, the Maryland Center for Creative Music, a nonprofit presenting organization. This organization presented Julius Hemphill, Jaki Bayard and Marcus Belgrave in concert at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The Maryland Center for Creative Music also presented local artists in concert at the Walters Art Gallery and held a jazz festival in downtown Baltimore which featured Ethel Ennis, vocalist and Malachai Thompson, Trumpeter.

Carl Grubbs is a former member of the Julius Hemphill Saxophone Sextet. This group toured the United States and Europe performing two productions: Hemphill’s Long Tongues: A Saxophone Opera, and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Production: Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin: The Promised Land. Mr. Grubbs was a guest soloist at the Philadelphia performance of Reggie Workman’s project, African Brass, a tribute to John Coltrane. The Carl Grubbs Quintet performs in major cities in the United States. They have also performed in Bogotᒠand Medellin, Columbia, South America, and most recently completed a successful eight city tour of Brazil.

One of Carl’s most recent projects is the Coltrane Dialogues, a program of music and dialogue. This project is a tribute to John Coltrane. The Carl Grubbs Quintet has performed the music of Coltrane at the Guelph Jazz Festival, venues in the Boston area, University of Pennsylvania and Baltimore, Maryland. The Carl Grubbs/Lafayette Gilchrist Ensemble has recently completed the Maryland Traditions Project which focuses on the music of Eubie Blake, Chick Webb, Billie Holiday, Albert Dailey and Carl Grubbs.The project culminated with a live CD recording at An Die Musik Live in Baltimore City. This project was funded by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Maryland Historical Trust. The project documented the contributions of Marylanders to the art form of Jazz.

Carl Grubbs is the co-founder of Contemporary Arts Inc., a nonprofit arts organization. The organization’s programs Summer Activity Extraordinaire (SAX): Music and Dance Camp and Summer Arts Academy: Music & Dance (Howard County) provides music and dance education to youth ages 4 – 17 in Baltimore area. The SAX camp program is held on the campus of Loyola College in Maryland.

Carl Grubbs is a member of the MSAC Arts in Education – Artist roster. In addition he has twice been the recipient of the MSAC Traditions award as a jazz master, working with apprentices David Lowe and Lafayette Gilchrist to pass on the traditions of improvised jazz music. He was selected by MSAC as a showcase artist during the recent PAE Conference in Baltimore.

Currently Carl Grubbs is Artist-in Residence at St. Paul School in Brooklandville, MD. He is Jazz Band Director at the Ward Center and conducts private instrumental lessons. He also conducts the Middle School Jazz Band at Friends School in Baltimore, MD. and directs an afterschool music program at the Bernard Harris Elementary School in Baltimore City.


Brother Soul, CIMP label, May 2006
Stepping Around The Giant, CIMP label (2003)
Reflections, B&C Productions (2002)
Live at the BMA: Inner Harbor Suite, B&C Productions, (1994)
Live at The New Haven Lounge, B&C Productions, (1993)
Julius Hemphill, Fat Man and The Hard Blues, Black Saint, 1991
Odean Pope, Two Dreams, CIMP label 2004
Broto Roy Live, Total Immersion, Buzkashi, 2001
The Visitors (Carl and Earl Grubbs) NEPTUNE, MOTHERLAND, IN MY YOUTH AND REBIRTH,Muse Records, 1972-74

Professional recording artist, percussionist Eric Allen is also a keyboardist, guitarist, vocalist and music instructor. Eric currently performs with the Carl Grubbs Ensemble and has performed with vibraphonist Lionel Hampton, reedman Illinois Jacquet, vocalist Jon Hendricks and trumpeter Wallace Roney, amongst others, in some of the most noted jazz clubs in New York, London, Rome, Milan, Tokyo, Zurich and Paris.

This Duke Ellington HS for the Performing Arts / Berklee College of Music educated artist is a drum instructor at the New Sewell Music Conservatory, Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Greater Washington, D.C., Columbia, MD’s Jazz Arts Academy and Contemporary Arts Inc.’s annual SAX:Music & Dance Camp Program at Loyola College in Maryland.

Richard was first introduced to the piano by his father, a gospel pianist in the church, at the age of five. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where jazz greats Art Blakey, Ray Brown, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Ahmad Jamal and many more lived, Richard has strong territorial jazz roots. During his junior year in high school he formed his first jazz trio with the help of his band director in Massachusetts.

In high school Richard won Best Jazz Soloist in the State for two consecutive years and attended All-State Chorus. During this time, he gained more experience performing at jazz camps in upstate New York . A few jazz greats such as Milt Hinton, Bobby Watson and Ed Shaugnessy were very influential to him in his formative jazz years. He also shared musical moments with Herb Pomeroy, Billy Pierce and Roy Hargrove. In his pursuit of music excellence, he entered the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, at the age of eighteen.

Upon graduating from Berklee School of Music in just two years, he immediately entered the Boston Conservatory where he earned a Masters degree in Jazz Pedagogy in 1997. In April 1998, Richard participated in the Thelonious Monk Institute South American Tour as part of the United States Cultural Presentation at the Presidential Summit in Santiago, Chile. He was the only piano player to play side by side with Herbie Hancock on that tour. During that year he also performed with the Monk Institute Sextet led by bassist Ron Carter and the Park Plaza Hotel in New York alongside T.S. Monk and the Jazz Colony.

In May of 1999, Richard graduated from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at NEC under the direction of influential Ron Carter. Upon arriving in New York City within a matter of weeks Richard became a member of Wynton Marsalis' Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra from 2000-2003. He also was part of Russell Malone's quartet as well as Irvin Mayfield's quintet. On May 24th 2001, Richard led his own trio on a two month tour of South and Central America.

Richard continues to work extensively with jazz icons such as Russell Malone, Wynton Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Vanessa Rubin, Bobby Watson and Herbie Hancock. Currently Richard has been spending a lot of effort working to educate youth of all ages. He has recently completed residencies with Jazz Aspen and the Thelonious Monk Institute. He is also on the faculty for the Middle School Jazz Academy, which is a new program led by Jazz at Lincoln Center . He is also writing and teaching a new program for high school students at the Brooklyn Academy . His Reach AFAR “Jazz to Hip-Hop” programs have been extremely popular in schools across Atlanta in conjunction with the performing band “AFAR.” In addition to these activities, Richard is keeping an active jazz performance schedule. His current jazz trio features Carlos Henriquez on acoustic bass and Ali Jackson on drums.

This event is supported by Mayor Stephanie-Rawlings Blake & BOPA, The Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences, The Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Reggie Workman   
Richard Johnson   
Eric Allen   
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