Steve Kessler Quartet, Charles Owens Trio

Steve Kessler Quartet

Charles Owens Trio

Sun, January 13, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Camel

$10 ADV, $12 DOS

Steve Kessler Quartet
Steve Kessler Quartet
Steve Kessler, piano

Richmond, Va. pianist/composer Steve Kessler says he is an improvisor first. Performing recently in NYC, NJ and Canada, the self taught pianist has led his own groups for years, as well as performed with greats Joe Henderson, Donald Byrd, Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd and others.

Kessler’s CD’s, both as pianist and/or composer, include his “3 Trios” with bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Howard Curtis, “One Man’s Blues” with bari saxophonist Glenn Wilson, and trumpeter Victor Haskins’ first CD “The Truth”.

Review excerpt, by Peter McEllhiney, Music Critic, Style Magazine:

"If Steve Kessler is - to use the cliché - “the best kept secret in jazz”, it is by his design. Fame has not so much eluded pianist Steve Kessler as he has eluded it. Over the years, he resisted high profile offers from jazz legend Freddie Hubbard to Bruce Springsteen to Dave Matthews, to maintain a personal vision of the music he sought to play.

Kessler is a stunningly imaginative and engaging player. He thinks quickly, plays fluidly, and doesn’t sound like anyone else. A musician’s musician, seldom recorded, he channels his considerable talent almost exclusively into performance.

At the height of a solo, Kessler rises on crouched tiptoe, bearing into the keyboard, fingers splashing out runs and clusters. His playing is bracing, articulate, unpredictable and totally individual. In originality, imagination, commitment and execution, there are few players anywhere who are his equal. In a world blinded by fame, it’s rare to find an artist driven by the serious responsibilities that come with talent — a word from a biblical parable about the entanglement of gifts and obligations. "

Paul Langosch, bass

Paul Langosch began his studies on the double bass in 1969 with Albert Webster of the National Symphony and later continued private lessons with William Vaughn, also of the National Symphony. He began his college studies at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD, Later attending American University in Washington, DC and the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.

Paul has worked with many of the leaders in the jazz world including: Phil Woods, Tal Farlow, Al Cohn, Mose Allison, Johnny Hartman, Bud Shank, Zoot Sims, Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis. Paul’s touring credits include tours with Jon Hendricks, George Shearing, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme, Susanna McCorkle and Conte Candoli.

In 1985 Paul was invited to by Tony Bennett to become a permanent member of his trio. His association with Mr. Bennett lasted over 20 years.



Emre Kartari, drums

Emre Kartari (born in Ankara, Turkey) is a Turkish jazz percussionist. Born into a family of musicians and artists, he moved to the United States when he was ten years old. Soon after, he began to study drums, which led to studying jazz percussion with T. Howard Curtis at Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds an M.A. in jazz performance and composition from New York University and received the Barney Josephson Award in 2003.
He toured the United States with the spoken-word, hip-hop group, Jazz Poets Society. While in New York, Kartari studied with Adam Nussbaum, John Riley, Tony Moreno, Billy Hart and Jamey Haddad. He has performed with jazz greats including Charlie Byrd, Jim McNeely, Ralph Lalama, Vic Juris, Ron McClure, Mike Richmond and David Liebman.

His first CD as a leader, Perpetual Anxiety, is released in Turkey under the Dogan Music label. Kartari has played and recorded with his own quartet Origin, featuring David Liebman, John D'earth and Howard Curtis.

Emre also recorded with the trio Big Girl, featuring Darius Jones and Trevor Dunn from John Zorn-Fantomas.
As an educator, he worked with the New York Pops-Mentors in Music program. He is currently working at the Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, forming their first jazz program approved by the state. He is currently a member of Yaşar University in İzmir, Turkey.

Victor Haskins, trumpet
Victor Haskins is an international performer, visionary, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, sound artist, composer, arranger, bandleader, interdisciplinary collaborator, and educator.

Victor’s main performing projects are “Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures" and “Victor Haskins’ Skein". Moving Sound Pictures is an innovative, one-man-band where Victor extemporaneously improvises intricate, interactive soundscapes and spontaneous compositions. Elements of existing artistic traditions from around the world are evoked, repurposed, and filtered through his imagination. Additionally, Victor frequently collaborates with dancers in this setting, improvising collectively across mediums to orchestrate a powerful, cinematic experience. In Victor Haskins’ Skein, Victor is joined by a live bassist and drummer to explore the possibilities of collective improvisation through the forum of compositions and arrangements he has crafted for the ensemble, delighting and intriguing audiences with intense auditory interplay. Victor is known for his masterful use of the cornet, and unique integration of sound design triggered by electronic wind instrument (EWI) in both of these projects.

Some notable highlights from Mr. Haskins’ performance career thus far include the creation of his own improvisational concept—"Melodic Improvisation"—as well as an independently-conceived music genre that is based on that concept, called “ImproviStory" (which later evolved into his current project, “Moving Sound Pictures"). He released his debut album of all original compositions—“The Truth"—on 32 Bar Records in March of 2013, and will release his second album of original compositions—“Showing Up"—in February of 2019.

Victor has been featured at the Richmond Jazz Festival (2013-2015), Richmond’s 2nd Street Festival (2011, 2016), the Elkhart Jazz Festival (2014), the Apex Jazz Festival (2014), and the Festival of New Trumpet Music (2014). He has performed in venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage (Washington, D.C.), the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts (Richmond, VA), Ewell Hall (Williamsburg, VA), the Jazz Gallery (NYC), iBeam (NYC), Résonance Café (Montreal, CA), Diese Onze (Montreal, CA), Snug Harbor (New Orleans, LA), the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban, South Africa), Teatro SESI Rio Vermelho (Salvador,Bahia, BR) and others. In addition, some of Victor's activities are supported by grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

As an educator, Victor currently serves as the Director of In-School Jazz Ensembles for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Adjunct Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the College of William & Mary, and the Director of the Jazz Ensemble at the College of William & Mary. Previously, he served on the faculty of the inaugural Izmir International Jazz Camp (2012). Haskins has presented clinics and masterclasses on a variety of music-related topics at institutions including (but not limited to) the Jazz Education Network Conference, the University of Georgia, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Royal Academy of Music, Conservatoir Nadia et Lili Boulanger, the University of Richmond, TEDxVCU, and TEDxLizardCreek.

Victor Haskins has performed and/or recorded with a wide range of artists, including (but not limited to) Marc Cary, Craig Handy, k.d. lang, Roger Lewis (Dirty Dozen Brass Band), Alberto Limonta Pérez, Lonnie Liston-Smith, Delfeayo Marsalis, Jason Moran, Jason Mraz, and Phil Wiggins, and the Temptations.

Victor holds a Jazz Studies/Performance degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where he completed the 4-year music program in only 3 years (the first and only person to ever accomplish this feat).

Victor is proud to be sponsored by Eclipse Trumpets, and Denis Wick mouthpieces.
Charles Owens Trio
Charles Owens Trio
Jazz saxophonist, born on June 6, 1972, and raised in a suburb of Washington D.C. - Alexandria, Virginia.
Among others, he has played with Jason Lindner, Omer Avital, and Daniel Freedman.

For the saxophonist born in 1939, see Charles Owens.
Venue Information:
The Camel
1621 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://www.thecamel.org