Jan. 27, 2007 / 8 pm
Jazz In January Concert Series - 2007
One Of The Jazz World"s Best Vibraphonists - Warren Chiasson
The Warren Chiasson Quartet To Appear on Sat., Jan. 27, 2007. Warren Chiasson is a highly regarded musician in the jazz world. Originally a member of the George Shearing Quintet, he has emerged as his own man with a distinctive four-mallet technique that he weaves into a percussive, melodic style.
Prior to forming his own group, Chiasson was for many years best known for his creative contributions to the Chet Baker Quartet, the Tal Farlow Trio, and jazz-pop diva Roberta Flack. In addition to recording his own albums, he has played on over 100 recordings with such artists as Eric Dolphy, Bill Dixon, Hank Crawford and was featured on a Grammy Award winning album with B.B. King
Chiasson was born in the tiny French Acadian fishing village of Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, and grew up in the rich, joyous culture of Cape Breton folk music. When Chiasson was fifteen, he was profoundly inspired by a George Shearing recording of "I'll Remember April" which led him to study modern jazz. But the seeds of his career were not sown until he entered St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia and bought a small xylophone after seeing Lionel Hampton perform in his home town. Once he started practicing this instrument he decided immediately to make music his career.
Since then Chiasson has collaborated with some of the finest musicians in jazz including Paul Bley, Ron Carter, Roland Hanna and the late Jimmy Garrison from the original John Coltrane Quintet. In the late '60s and early '70s, the Warren Chiasson/Jimmy Garrison Duo played regularly at Gregory's in New York City, while Chiasson also hosted a weekly jam session at the Signs of the Zodiac in Harlem.
In July 2006, Warren was honored in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the 20th Anniversary of the ATLANTIC JAZZ FESTIVAL his contributions to jazz -- and for being the first musician from Nova Scotia to forge a professional Jazz Career.
Warren's sidemen include Ed McEachen, on guitar, who played for years with Chico Hamilton and currently teaches jazz guitar at the New School. Ralph Hamperian on bass, who worked with the Lionel Hampton and Jaki Bayard bands. And his drummer, Jimmy Madison, who over the years has worked with some of the jazz greats including Stan Getz, Anita O'Day and Duke Ellington.
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