Come out and hear Chris Byars play some FREE jazz on Dec 30th at the Time Warner Center. The Chris Byars Quartet’s rhythms evoke Manhattan’s bustling Times Square in its heyday. This New York–based quartet generates new, inventive music inspired by the 1950s Bop tradition. CHRIS BYARS was born in New York City to a musical family. His earliest exposure to music came as a performer on the stages of Lincoln Center opera companies. After switching his artistic focus to jazz in his teenage years, he has since pursued a career as saxophonist and arranger/composer.Winner of the Tanne Foundation Award and three Chamber Music America grants for education and composition, he combines a study of past jazz greats such as Lucky Thompson and Gigi Gryce with a deliberate thrust towards creation of new sounds in jazz. His next CD, entitled Lucky Strikes Again, will be released on SteepleChase Records in April 2011.
Since 2007, Chris spends an average of three months per year touring with Ari Roland in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State, conducting cultural exchange programs in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Balkans. In Cyprus, the Chris Byars/Ari Roland Jazz Futures program is in its third year, providing an artistic bridge across the long-standing political divisions of the island.
Chris has spent years developing relationships with and learning from musicians who thrived during the period. The Chris Byars Quartet has toured with The Rhythm Road in the Balkans, Mediterranean, Persian Gulf and Central European regions in 2008 and 2009. Using jazz as common ground for mutual understanding and cooperation between communities, the quartet has traveled to Cyprus regularly since 2008 to present the “Jazz Futures BiCommunal Workshop.”
Thursday, December 30th, 2010
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
New York NY
featuring the Chris Byars Quartet
Chris Byars – saxophone
John Mosca – trombone
Ari Roland – bass
Stefan Schatz – drums