November 12, 2011 Locust Valley, NY
World-renowned jazz trumpeter, Carl Fischer brings a “double smash” celebration to Astoria’s magnificent Astor Room on December 1 with a special 10-year anniversary performance of his dynamic “Organic Groove Ensemble” and his spectacular, high-energy output, 9-piece “Nouveau” Big Band with two sets from 830-1130 PM (No cover charge and free parking). The performance of these two outstanding jazz groups is expected to be the jazz highlight of the season.
“I am extremely proud of this milestone for “Organic Groove.” “It’s been a labor of love,” said Fischer, who has played with Maynard Ferguson, Billy Joel, Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Blood, Sweat and Tears, among many others.
“Being able to highlight a decade of great performances and recordings and have that celebration as a live performance along with the “Nouveau” Big Band’s gig at the fabulous Astor Room is very exciting,” he added.
“Organic Groove Ensemble,” an organ/rhythm section small group under Fischer’s trumpeting and compositional leadership, has received worldwide acclaim and chart-topping status for its recordings since its founding by Fischer in 2001. The group, whose latest acclaimed CD, “Adverse Times,” charted at #4 on the National Music Choice® Jazz Charts, features an eclectic repertoire of selections from Miles Davis and Billy Joel to its leader’s original compositions.
The “Nouveau” Big Band, a larger 9-piece ensemble, features some of New York’s finest “first call” jazz musicians and performs high-power, screaming brass-featured selections reminiscent of the work of Maynard Ferguson, Jaco Pastorious and others. Its prior performances at the Astor Room have gotten high praise – and press – and have been a “feast” for lovers of high-energy jazz.
“We’ve been quite pleased with the terrific reception my “Nouveau” band has received in other New York gigs,” stated Fischer who has starred with jazz and pop music’s greatest. “This is not a “ghost” or tribute band. We’re moving in our own direction with some of the best and brightest players on the jazz scene today,” he added. “And, the intimacy of The Astor Room, will allow listeners the opportunity to experience a spectacular duo of performances on December 1.”
Carl Fischer (www.fischmusic.com) is one of the world’s most in-demand trumpeters. He has demonstrated and earned that stature through his work with Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Orchestra, with Blood, Sweat and Tears, Maynard Ferguson’s and Billy Joel’s bands, recent tours with Diana Ross and his own “Organic Groove Ensemble” and others. He is a Yamaha Trumpets artist/clinician, a GR Mouthpiece Technologies artist, and endorses Torpedo Bags and AMT Microphones. “Adverse Times,” which reached #4 on Music Choice Jazz List, is his most recent CD recording.
The Astor Room (www.astorroom.com) is located at 34-12 36th St. (near the corner of 35th Ave, under the Kaufman Studios) in Astoria, NY. For reservations and other information, please call (718-255-1947) or visit their website