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Conference Call
Part of the 2013 Spring Jazz Series
Friday, April 12, 2013
8:30p $18 The on-line box office is closed.
Please call (203) 785-0468 for tickets.
10:00p $12 The on-line box office is closed.
Please call (203) 785-0468 for tickets.
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Gebhard Ullmann : saxophone
George Schuller : drums
Joe Fonda : bass
Michael Jefry Stevens : piano

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On Friday, April 12th, Firehouse 12 is pleased to welcome back the collective quartet, Conference Call. This group features multi-reedist Gebhard Ullmann, pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, bassist Joe Fonda, and percussionist George Schuller. Conference Call last performed on the series in 2008 when they were celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band.

Critics have called Conference Call "an inspired group. Period…Conference Call is one of the most important ensembles on the scene today" (Randy McElligott, JazzReview) and "a complete band, capable of touching all of the jazz bases, be they individual or group improvisation, or the performance of composed music" (Mark Corroto, All About Jazz). Raul D'Gama Rose of All About Jazz wrote "this inventive music clearly emerges directly from the artists' souls."

A working band since 1998, Conference Call brings together the versatile Ullmann with the nearly 25-year musical partnership of Fonda and Stevens, the core of another long-standing all-star ensemble, the Fonda/Stevens Group. Six years ago, Schuller assumed the drum chair once occupied by Han Bennink, Gerry Hemingway and Matt Wilson to create Conference Call's most stable and longstanding line-up to date. Over the past decade, the group has demonstrated its distinctively democratic musical synergy, marked by compositions and solos from all four members, both on recordings and in concert all around the world. They released a two-disc live album called What about the…? in 2010 on Not Two Records.

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