Friday, May 29, 2015
Daniel Carter, William Parker, Federico Ughi, Watson Jennison
Doors at 8 pm / General admission: $12
Advanced reserved seating: $20 / Day-of reserved seating: $25

Fans of improvised and creative music will not want to miss this amazing quartet that features some of the music's greatest living exponents. Besides the known heavyweights, this concert presents the rare chance to hear ex-pat Watson Jennison, who rarely makes it to the US.

As a trio Daniel Carter, William Parker and Federico Ughi have toured Europe and have published two albums, The Dream (577 Records) and Navajo Sunrise (Rudi Records). This is their reunion tour with Watson Jennison (flute, piano, percussion), who the group describes as an American master musician from the 60's NYC scene, who left the country because of the Vietnam War and has been living between Toronto and Sweden ever since.

William Parker was born in Bronx, New York City. He study with some of the most seminal bassists in jazz: Jimmy Garrison, Richard Davis, and Wilbur Ware- from whom he learned the tradition. Parker is one of few jazz bassists who regularly plays arco; he also plays several other instruments from around the world, including the West African kora.

While Parker has been active since the early 1970s; he has had a higher public profile since the early 1990s. He is a prominent and influential musician in the New York City experimental jazz scene, and has regularly appeared at music festivals around the world, including the Guelph Jazz Festival, in southern Ontario.

Parker first came to public attention with pianist Cecil Taylor. He has long been a member of saxophonist David S. Ware's quartet and in Peter Brötzmann' s groups. He is a member of the cooperative Other Dimensions In Music. Together with his wife, Patricia Nicholson Parker, he organizes the annual Vision Festival in New York City.

The album Sound Unity by the William Parker Quartet was chosen as one of's Top 100 Editor's Picks of 2005. His August 2008 CD Double Sunrise over Neptune was listed as one of the top 10 2008 (through end of August) Jazz CD's at Amazon. Also released in 2008, Petit Oiseau was chosen as one of the best jazz disks of 2008 by The Wall Street Journal, the BBC's Radio Three, The Village Voice and PopMatters.

Daniel Carter (born 1945 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania) is an American free jazz saxophone, flute, clarinet, and trumpet player active mainly in New York City since the early 1970s. A review of a recent recording describes Carter's timbre as "an almost Lee Konitz-like cool."

Carter is a prolific performer and has recorded or performed with William Parker, Federico Ughi, DJ Logic, The Negatones, Thurston Moore, Yo La Tengo, Soul-Junk, Anne Waldman, Cooper-Moore, Matthew Shipp and scientist/musician Matthew Putman among others. He is a member of the cooperative free jazz groups Test, Other Dimensions In Music, odon and Ghost Moth. Like Parker, he has graced our series a number of times, but its been several years since he has returned to Detroit.

Federico Ughi (born in Rome, Italy in 1972) is an Italian drummer and composer. He works primarily in the fields of free improvisation and jazz. Originally from Italy, he has lived in New York City since 2000, and is based in Brooklyn, New York. He attended music schools in Rome until 1994 when he moved to London, England. He has performed or recorded with Daniel Carter, Matthew Putman the group WAKE UP!, William Parker, Steve Swell, The Cinematic Orchestra, and others. He has collaborated with the poet Steve Dalachinsky.

Ughi is also the founder of 577 Records, an independent record label based in New York City, which he ran from 2001-2008.

BLG of Downtown Music Gallery said about Ughi in 2006 "He just might be downtown's best under-recognized jazz drummer at present". and in 2009 was again described by BLG as a "free/improv wizard". Steven Loewy of Cadence Magazine said about Ughi "Federico Ughi is characteristically splendid, his drums serving as much more than a rhythmic undercurrent..."