NYC’S ELECTRIC WELF DORR UNIT TO PREACH FREE JAZZ-FUNK FOR THE NEXT JAZZ SESSIONS @ QUINN’S, MONDAY MARCH 24 AT 8 PM
The next jazz session at Quinn’s will be another house-rocker that will feature NYC’s electric Welf Dorr Unit on March 24. The great avant-jazz guitarist, James “Blood Ulmer,” performed a song/manifesto for many years titled “Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher,” and this statement is very much the motto and guiding spirit for this band. The WDU was launched in 2012 with a performance at the Evolving Music Series run by Arts for Art (presenters of the annual Vision Festival), and combines free jazz sensibilities with the urgency of funk and rock. The group includes Welf Dorr on alto sax and bass clarinet, Dave Ross on guitar, Dmitry Ishenko on bass and Joe Hertenstein on drums.
Dorr, originally from Munich, has lived in NYV since 1995, where he has played and/or recorded with Sonny Simmons, Sabir Mateen, Vernon Reid and Frank Lacy, among many others. He is a member of Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra, Kenny Wollesen’s Himalayas, the Nublu Orchestra conducted by the late Butch Morris and works mostly with his brass band Underground Horns. Guiarist Ross has played with nearly everybody from P-Funk horns and Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers to Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra) and the late Roy Campbell, Jr. and is known for his work with William Hooker. Bassist Dmitry Ishenko, originally from Russia, played on the very last concerts by soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy and is a member of the late John Tchicai’s “Ascension Unending”. Fellow German Joe Hertenstein has been making a name for himself on the NYC jazz scene, where he leads his trio HNH and has recent releases with Polylemma and Future Drone featuring Jon Irabagon.
The Welf Dorr Unit will perform as part of the Monday jazz sessions @ Quinn’s on Monday, March 24 at 8 PM. Quinn’s is located at 330 Main St. in Beacon, NY. As with every Monday jazz session @ Quinn’s, sets will begin at 8 PM and there is no cover charge at the door but donations for the musicians will be requested and gratefully accepted.
The other concerts as part of the Monday jazz sessions @ Quinn’s for 2014 include:
March 31: Hwang/Takeishi — Leading instrumentalists Jason Kao Hwang on violin and viola and Satoshi Takeishi on drums and percussion come together for this rare collaboration;
April 7: Starting 4/7, first Mondays of the month at Quinn’s will now feature a jam session led by HV jazz MVP, composer/saxophonist Chris Kelsey and which will include many special guest artists each month;
April 14: Joe Fiedler Trio — Outstanding trombonist Fiedler leads a trio with Rob Jost on bass and Jeff Davis on drums;
April 21: Accortet — A truly unique ensemble for the sessions, a group comprising Michael Bisio on bass, Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Art Bailey on accordion and Michael Wimberly on drums;
April 28: Alan Juice Glover Quartet — A major, under-recognized force in the history of American creative music greatly undeserving of his obscurity, here’s (another!) Poughkeepsie-based legend we’re psyched to spotlight with this rare local gig. From his years performing at the legendary Firehouse space in the East Village in the ’70s, to his ongoing extraordinary work for decades in the Hudson Valley, the amazingly accomplished saxophonist/composer/Renaissance Man “Juice” Glover is sure to bring it with a powerful quartet including Lora Cohan on piano, William Hopson on bass and Michael T.A. Thompson on drums.