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The Puppeteers CD Release Event LIVE at Birdland!

March 17, 2014

puppeteersThe Puppeteers, as author Howard Mandel aptly states in his liner notes, deal in “fresh-jazz,” music that: “sounds like it just happened – not as “look-at-the-past” but as “here’s what-we-play-now.” It’s a group sound that assimilates the diverse influences that each of the band members willingly brings to the table; if the heady fragrance of hard bop, Latin, Afro-Caribbean and funk idioms can be detected, then the Puppeteers have done their job. The formative music that made each of these players who they are is honored before it is transformed into the new. Make no mistake; although the instrumentation of the two ensembles may be similar, this is not your father’s Modern Jazz Quartet. Drawing nourishment from the roots, yet grounding their sound firmly in the present, is the credo of The Puppeteers.
Individually, each member of the Puppeteers has a rich musical history. Bill Ware, an original member of the influential Downtown band, The Jazz Passengers also co-founded The Groove Collective and toured with Steely Dan for the Alive in America tour, 1993-1995. Alex Blake, who mans both acoustic and electric bass on the album, has long been associated with pianist Randy Weston, and has worked with such diverse artists as The Manhattan Transfer, Sun Ra, and the late saxophone master Stan Getz. Arturo O’Farrill, the leader of the acclaimed Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, has also collaborated with a wide swath of important figures including Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis Carla Bley and Harry Belafonte. Jaime Affoumado has played with Jaco Pastorious, Arthur Blythe, and The Jazz Passengers, and, as the house drummer for Puppet’s Jazz, provided the groove for innumerable players who graced the club’s potent stage.
They all contribute great tracks and solid grooves. Come on out to the CD Release of this self-titled debut on the new label, Puppets Records.
See you at the show… 6pm Thursday March 20th at Birdland!

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