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Terraza 7 BIG Band

For the first time ever on the hanging stage, Terraza 7 Live Music hosts a 17 piece big-band. Comprised of New York musicians of the highest caliber, many of them regular performers at Terraza, this group brings the big-band to Queens and bring Queens culture to the big-band. Performing primarily new works by the co-directors, Edward Perez and Michael Thomas, the group begins reading sessions open to the public on Thursday, June 4th. Enjoy a rare opportunity to witness the beginning of a brand new group unlike any the hanging stage has ever seen.

Bassist Edward Perez’s compositions have been performed by such varied and distinct groups as Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Ignacio Berroa Trio, and two-time latin Grammy nominated singer Jorge Pardo, and acclaimed Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato. His unique voice owes much to his extensive experience in diverse musical styles of Latin America, and he has shared the stage with such greats as Paquito D’Rivera, Lee Konitz, Kenny Werner, Eva Ayllón, and Lucia Pulido. His numerous recording credits include an appearance on the Grammy-nominated “Second Chance” by Hector Martignon.

Award-winning saxophonist and composer Michael Thomas has been an active member of the New York jazz scene since arriving in 2011. Over the last several years, he has performed or recorded with Miguel Zenon, Nicholas Payton, Jason Palmer, Wayne Shorter, and Gunther Schuller, among many others. In addition to being an in-demand saxophonist and woodwind player, Michael is also very active as a writer. His 2011 quintet album “The Long Way” features all an entirely original program of music, and Michael’s arrangements have been commissioned and recorded to international acclaim.

Performing on June 4:

Saxophones: Michael Thomas, Roman Filiu, Matt Marantz, Jeremy Powell, Andy Gatauskas

Trombones: Nick Finzer, Andy Clausen, Jennifer Wharton, TBD

Trumpets: John Walsh, Dennis Hernandez, Matt Holman, Josh Deutsch

Rhythm: Chris Ziemba (Piano), Greg Duncan (Guitar), Edward Perez (Bass), Ross Pederson (Drums)

Codirected by Edward Perez and Michael Thomas

Terraza 7 BIG Band at Terraza 7 on Thursday June 4th, 2015 at 9:00 pm.

$10 cover for mezzanine

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