JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER AND ASCAP'S "MONTH OF MONDAYS" TO SHOWCASE EMERGING JAZZ COMPOSERS/PERFORMERS



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Matt Savage


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Pascal Le Boeuf


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Remy Le Boeuf


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Ayn Inserto


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Zaccai Curtis


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Kyle Saulnier


New York, NY, January 17, 2007: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announces the second season of Jazz at Lincoln Center and ASCAP's "Month of Mondays" - a program showcasing talented young jazz creators at a major jazz venue.

Beginning every Monday, at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., from February 5 through March 12, 2007 at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center (Broadway at West 60th Street, 5th Floor) in Manhattan, "Month of Monday's" will showcase six recipients of the 2005/2006 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards. The featured composers/performers include: Matt Savage (Feb. 5); The Le Boeuf Brothers - Remy & Pascal (Feb. 12); Ayn Inserto (Feb. 19); Zaccai Curtis (Feb. 26); and Kyle Saulnier (March 12). For reservations, please call 212-258-9595 or go to www.jalc.org.

Established in 2002, The ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards, sponsored by The Gibson Foundation, are granted annually to encourage the jazz creators of the future. Composers from throughout the United States up to age 30 compete for cash awards. The winning works are selected through a juried national competition.

Matt Savage - February 5
Matt, who is 14 years old, taught himself to read music and began studying classical piano in 1998 at the age of six. In 1999 he discovered jazz and began studies at The New England Conservatory of Music. Matt recorded his first CD in collaboration with his instructor to raise money for autism research. In September 2000 Matt met and played with Dave Brubeck. The meeting was aired by WGME-TV Channel 13, in Portland, Maine. Matt has since met and played for such jazz greats as Chick Corea and McCoy Tyner. At the age of nine, The Matt Savage Trio was formed. Matt has appeared on national television and radio, and has been featured in numerous press articles. The Matt Savage Trio's most recent CD is Cutting Loose and Matt composed every track.

The Le Boeuf Brothers (Pascal & Remy) - February 12
Jazz pianist Pascal Le Boeuf and his identical twin, Remy Le Boeuf (saxophonist) are part of a growing New York jazz scene characterized by odd time signatures, shifting harmonies, and the influences of hip hop, R&B, and alternative rock. The San Francisco Chronicle describes his music as "a rich brand of modern jazz, with performances and compositions that display an impressive level of sophistication. Textured harmonies and shifting time signatures are handled with aplomb." In the molds of Chris Potter, Geri Allen, and Brian Blade, Pascal and Remy Le Boeuf are on the cutting edge of progressive jazz.

In his short musical career, Pascal Le Boeuf (pronounced "le buff") has garnered over twenty national and international awards and accomplishments, the most notable being the ASCAP/IAJE Commission honoring Quincy Jones, which premiered at the 2004 IAJE conference and featured tenor saxophonist Chris Potter. Pascal has also received awards from Downbeat Magazine, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and the John Coltrane Foundation.

Remy LeBoeuf was born in the California Bay Area where he grew up listening to the sounds of Charles Mingus, Dave Holland, and Danilo Perez. He first began to the oboe and then the saxophone, and at 18 moved to New York to play gigs and study with Dick Oatts and Donny McCaslin. Remy has received an impressive tally of over twenty national and international awards and accomplishments, including the ASCAP young composer awards, which he has won the last three years. He has also received awards from Downbeat Magazine, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the John Coltrane Foundation, and the Independent Music Awards.

The Le Boeuf Brothers latest CD, Migration features eight original compositions, which showcase their unique talents as composers as well as flexibility as performers. "Migration is a mirror," says Pascal, "reflecting both the experiences and the people we've encountered over the last few years in California, and foreshadowing Remy's and my migration to New York. The title represents not only the physical move to the East coast, but our artistic migration towards the growing progressive jazz scene in New York." Migration has received recognition from the Independent Music World Series, the International Songwriting Competition, and recently won the 2006 Independent Music Awards for Best Jazz Album and Best Jazz Song. The next Le Boeuf Brothers release will be available in the spring of 2007. Also, keep your eyes peeled for Pascal on Clarence Penn's next release.

Ayn Inserto - February 19
Ayn Inserto is a groundbreaking composer who is emerging as one of the preeminent voices of her generation. Her first album, Clairvoyance, featuring Bob Brookmeyer and George Garzone was released in 2006. She received her Masters of Music degree in Jazz Composition from the New England Conservatory in May 2001. She is a winner of the 2003/04 and 2005/06 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers' Awards and has earned honors, which include the Concord Pavilion Associates Marian McPartland Award, the Pacific Coast Jazz Festival Most Outstanding small jazz ensemble, and the 1999 Best Original Composition award at the Billy Higgins Jazz Festival. She currently studies jazz composition with Bob Brookmeyer. Her music has been performed at the Berklee Performance Center, 1999 IAJE Convention, California State University of Hayward Jazz Festivals, Reno Jazz Festival, Billy Higgins Jazz Festival, New England Conservatory of Music, Montreux Jazz Festival and the Umbria Jazz Festival.

Ayn has been commissioned by Foxboro High School, Harvard Jazz Band, Marin Catholic High School and Fairfield High School, and George Garzone. She currently resides in Boston, is an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music and teaches privately in Massachusetts.

The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra with special guest, George Garzone
The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra (AIJO) is a full big band based in Boston that has performed with Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone, Joe Lovano and Frank Tiberi at venues such as the Berklee Performance Center, The Zeitgeist Gallery and the Western Front Club. The ensemble performs originals and arrangements of Ayn Inserto, who is highly influenced by Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider and Jim McNeely. The jazz orchestra recently finished their recording, Clairvoyance, with Bob Brookmeyer and George Garzone. Ms. Inserto strives to make her music swing with a modern twist, and her orchestra produces a thrilling performance.

Zaccai Curtis - February 26
Recognized by Downbeat as a top performer and chosen as the pianist for the National Grammy Band small combo, Zaccai Curtis and his quartet, and seven-piece band "Insight" have headlined festivals across the country. He has performed in Cuba by invitation of Chucho Vald├ęs at the Havana Jazz Festival and was commissioned to arrange Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol," in 2001 to be played by "Insight" with the Hartford Symphony Chamber Orchestra. In 2006, Zaccai was selected to be in the 2006 American Music Abroad (Jazz Ambassadors) program.

Kyle Saulnier - March 12
Dramatically Intense, Socially Conscious, and Openly Defiant, Kyle Saulnier emerges as one of New York City's most dynamic new composers and bandleaders. Mixing an orchestral approach with backbreaking grooves and a dark harmonic sense of humor, he has created a sound as deeply rooted in Brahms, Debussy, and Parliament as it is in Ellington, Mingus, Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman.

Marked by periods of unabashed chaos and moments of thunderous convergence, live performances of Kyle's Awakening Orchestra can be described as a raucous, emotional roller coaster, combining a sense of unpredictable anarchy and gratifying resolution. Truly a product of his times, Kyle Saulnier is powerful, passionate, irreverent, and on the cutting edge of today's avant-garde jazz sound.

The Awakening Orchestra is an 18-piece jazz orchestra led by Kyle Saulnier and performing his music. Featuring young, virtuosic musicians with a flair for the dramatic, the orchestra is devoted to the ideal that music can and should be used not only as a source of entertainment but also as a catalyst for thought and change. Heavy handed yet remarkably agile and adaptable, the orchestra's weight lies in its ability to interpret thoughts rather than to recreate them.

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