Trumpeter William Stevens presents: A Lennie Tristano Retrospective
Bill Stevens, trumpet
Nick Green, alto sax
Braden Smith, tenor sax
Corey Larson, guitar
Ben Rosenblum, piano
Paul Pricer, upright bass
Brian Woodruff, drums
From William Stevens:
From 1999 – 2009, after a six-year self-imposed exile from the trumpet, I returned to playing by studying under the direction of bassist, Joe Solomon. Not familiar at the time with the music of Lennie Tristano, I quickly came to realize that Joe taught using the concepts he had learned as a student himself with Lennie and later with the pianist Sal Mosca. These were lessons that I looked forward to each week as I developed a deeper understanding of Lennie Tristano and the craft of spontaneous improvisation. Joe is a master teacher and performer and I am thankful for his dedication to keeping the teachings and music of Lennie Tristano alive and for passing that tradition on to his students. This concert is respectfully dedicated to Joe Solomon and to the memory of pianist Connie Crothers who passed away at summers end.
As part of my lessons with Joe, he had me write some “lines” over some standard chord progressions, as well as studying some selected compositions by Lennie Tristano and his students Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh. It is now seven years later and I felt as though I wanted to give something back not just to Joe, but to the memory of Lennie Tristano and this is when I came up with the idea of producing a Lennie Tristano Retrospective. This concert will be presented on Friday, November 18, 2016 at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music marking the 38th anniversary of the death of Lennie Tristano. We will perform four classic compositions – 317 East 32nd Street and Two Not One by Lennie Tristano, Sub-Conscious-Lee by Lee Konitz and Background Music by Warne Marsh, as well as my original lines based on the chord changes to All the Things You Are, Stella By Starlight, Autumn Leaves, My Funny Valentine and I Got Rhythm.
In preparation for this retrospective, I reached out to a number of performers who have played and studied with Lennie Tristano with a survey to generate their own “Memories of Lennie Tristano”. Their responses have been made into a booklet that will be distributed at the event on November 18. The following artists, each with a deep admiration and love for Lennie Tristano, have given of their time to contribute to this document: Peter Ind, Sheila Jordan, Ted Brown, Jonathon Easton and Joe Solomon. I am thankful for their insight into who Lennie Tristano was as a performer, teacher and friend.
At the Lennie Tristano Retrospective, I am fortunate to have some wonderful musicians to share the stage with and to bring this music to life: Nick Green-alto sax, Braden Smithtenor sax, Corey Larson-guitar, Ben Rosenblum-piano, Paul Pricer-upright bass and on drums, Brian Woodruff. The Lennie Tristano Retrospective will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016 at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music starting at 7:00pm. Ticket prices are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for students and seniors and may be purchased at the door or on line through the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.