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: keyboards, piano
On April 25th, Firehouse 12 is pleased to present percussionist and composer Rudy Royston and his quintet as they celebrate the release of their new album 303 (Greenleaf Music). Royston has performed at Firehouse 12 numerous times and around the world with musicians like Bill Frisell and Dave Douglas, this performance is his first at Firehouse 12 as a leader.
Royston "is a remarkable player. To these ears, he is most reminiscent of the very underrated Cindy Blackman...he is to JD [Allen] what Elvin was to Coltrane" (Tony Hall, Jazzwise). "Whether he's pushing hard on the up-tempo burner or adding color on a ballad, he's always musical and supportive" (John Dworkin, All About Jazz). Royston "is quickly rising as a formidable power percussion source in New York City" (Michael G. Nastos, AllmusicGuide).
Royston taught music for 10 years in public schools before relocating to the east coast in 2006 to pursue graduate studies in music at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, studying jazz percussion with Victor Lewis. He has performed and recorded with renowned artists Bill Frisell, Ben Allison, Jason Moran, JD Allen, Jeremy Pelt, Greg Osby, George Colligan, Don Byron, and Stanley Cowell.
Find out more about Rudy Royston here: http://www.rudyroyston.com/
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