2014 JAZZ

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Wine Tasting:
Sunday, March 1, 2015
The Hopewell Castle
Hopewell NJ

2015 Gala & Auction:
Fandango in a Spanish Garden

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Greenacres Country Club
Lawrenceville NJ

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2015 Piano Competition
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2015 Conducting Master Class
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2014 Videos

Porgy and Bess Workshop Q&A
(June 29, 2014)

Porgy and Bess Audience Reviews
(June 22, 2014)

West Side 5 (June 17, 2014)

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Martin Wind Quartet

Scott Robinson, Tim Horner, Martin Wind and Bill CunliffeMartin Wind, bass & compositions
Scott Robinson, tenor sax & trumpet
Bill Cunliffe, piano
Tim Horner, drums


Sunday June 8 at 4:30pm

JazzNights Artistic Director talk at 4pm
for concert ticket holders

Clark Music Center
The Lawrenceville School
Lawrenceville, NJ
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Tickets:  $45
General admission seating
Approximate end time:  6pm

» Visit martinwind.com/martinwindquartet.php for more information and sample audio

Martin Wind

Bassist and composer Martin Wind has been living in the U.S. for more than 17 years and has established himself as a sideman, studio musician and faculty member (New York University, Hofstra University) in the New York City area. He first attracted attention in 1995 when he celebrated a 3rd place finish at the International Thelonious Monk Bass Competition in Washington D.C.

After earning his classical diploma in Cologne, Germany, Martin Wind moved to New York in 1996 through a grant by the German Academic Exchange Service. Also in 1996 Martin won the first Cognac Hennessy/Blue Note Jazz Search in Germany and recorded the album “Dreiklang” for Blue Note Records. In 1997 he finished his studies at NYU with a Master’s degree in Jazz performance and composition. In 2000 he was the first jazz musician to receive a cultural award in his home state Schleswig-Holstein.

Martin Wind is a member of the trios of Bill Mays, Don Friedman and Dena DeRose, as well as Matt Wilson’s “Arts and Crafts”; he performs with Ann Hampton Callaway, and also subs frequently with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Since 2013 he has been playing duo with Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine (CD “New Folks”, ACT Records).

He has appeared on more than 100 CDs and movie soundtracks and has worked with a.o. Mstislav Rostropowitsch, Guidon Kremer, Christa Ludwig, Johnny Mandel, Pat Metheny, Benny Golson, Lalo Schifrin, Buddy DeFranco, Cedar Walton, Slide Hampton, Clark Terry, John Scofield, Michael and Randy Brecker, James Moody and Hank Jones.

“Martin Wind Quartet”

After establishing himself as a sideman and educator for most of his first decade in New York Martin Wind is proud to present his first working band that features the talents of Scott Robinson (reeds), Bill Cunliffe (piano) and Tim Horner on drums.

The group presented its first album “Salt’n Pepper!” in 2008 and released its first DVD “Live at JazzBaltica” in cooperation with German National Television in 2009. Their second album “Get it!” was released in 2010 on the German “Laika Records” label; in May of 2011 the group went to Europe for the third time. The tour included concerts in Italy, Austria and Germany; the group’s activities in Italy included three performances together with the Marchigiana Philharmonic Orchestra in a Bill Evans Tribute.

A recording of that material was released on May 20, 2014 as “Turn out the Stars – music written or inspired by Bill Evans” on the newly founded “What if Music” label; Ralph A. Miriello from Hot House Magazine called the recording “…a sumptuous treat, a seamless combination of swinging ensemble and lush orchestration work.”

The MWQ also plays originals that partly result from the leader’s studies with Kenny Werner, Mike Holober and Jim McNeely. The band’s repertoire also contains classics such as Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday”, Billy Strayhorn’s “Isfahan”, and Thelonious Monk’s “Bright Mississippi”.
The band’s motto has always been “anything goes”!

The Musicians 

Scott Robinson has made a name for himself as an excellent baritone saxophonist, but has been playing mainly the tenor saxophone in this group. He’s been with Maria Schneider’s Jazz Orchestra for more than 15 years and has performed in the big bands of Bob Mintzer and Lionel Hampton, as well as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. A resident of Teaneck, NJ, Scott has constructed a studio/laboratory for sonic research, containing an astonishing assortment of instruments and devices (he owns more than 200 Instruments and plays them all!) For the past several years he has been releasing highly creative projects on his own “ScienSonic Laboratories” records label. He also makes his own beer and shares the same birthday as the leader.

Martin on Scott: “ Scott is one of the most original musicians that I’ve ever met. I love his unique sound on tenor and his complete freedom in everything he does. He is probably the most in-the-moment musician that I’ve ever played with.”

Bill Cunliffe has spent most of his professional life in L.A. working with legends such as Ray Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, Joe Henderson and Frank Sinatra. He’s been on the faculty at Cal State Fullerton and was awarded a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement in 2009.

Martin on Bill: “Bill knows so much music, it’s unbelievable. He can play you excerpts from Prokofiev’s piano concertos, anything that Duke Ellington or Monk or Bud Powell ever composed; and he knows Stevie Wonder’s music, Frank Zappa and the whole American Songbook. He has a great touch, swings and is always willing to take a spontaneous left turn.”

Tim Horner is veteran on the New York Jazz Scene. He has made a reputation for himself as a sought-after big band drummer (Maria Schneider, Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra among others) and an accompanist of jazz legends like Hank Jones, Mark Murphy and Phil Woods.  Tim is also an accomplished composer and bandleader as demonstrated in his two releases “Places we feel free” (Miles High, 2011) and “The Head of the Circle” (Origin, 2013).

Martin on Tim: “Tim was the first drummer that I played with after moving to the States. He still is one of my favorite drummers and one of my best friends and neighbors. Just to play time with him is such a great feeling…and we love to talk Baseball, too.”