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On Friday, March 15th, Firehouse 12 opens the Spring 2013 concert series with brass player and Connecticut resident Stephen Haynes and Pomegranate featuring guitarist Joe Morris, bassist William Parker, tubist Ben Stapp, and percussionist Warren Smith. Pomegranate is a new project dedicated to the late composer Bill Dixon with whom Haynes had worked with for over thirty-five years.
Haynes's 2010 release Parrhesia has been called "a collection of thoroughly intriguing pieces" (Lyn Horton, JazzTimes) and "a delight for those who like to delve into timbral detail, to revel in the weight attached to each sound" (John Sharpe, All About Jazz). Haynes's brass sound has been described as "wailing, growling, weeping - muted or voiced - with a high level of abstraction, but like [Bill] Dixon with a deep emotional and spiritual content" (Stef Gijssels, FreeJazz Blog).
Haynes is an improvising composer, teaching artist, arts organizer and advocate. In addition to his group Pomegranate, he leads the Parrhesia trio with Joe Morris and Warren Smith. He leads the groups Parrhesia and Pomegranate in addition to curating the Improvisations series with Joe Morris at Real Art Ways. He studied music at in the Black Music Division at Bennington College with the late trumpeter and composer Bill Dixon. In addition to his long-standing relationship with Dixon he has worked with George Russell, LaMonte Young, Butch Morris, Rhys Chatham, Adam Rudolph, Leroy Jenkins, JD Parran, Gunter Hampel, Cecil Taylor, and the Dells.
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