Susquehanna to Spotlight Phil Haynes and No Fast Food
Published on August 29, 2012
Susquehanna University’s Department of Music will welcome jazz trio Phil Haynes and No Fast Food Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. in the university’s Stretansky Concert Hall, in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art. The concert is free and open to the public.
Drummer Phil Haynes, saxophonist Dave Liebman and bassist Drew Gress have been seasoned, schooled and honing their craft in notable bands going back to the 1960s.
Haynes was a student of and drummer for the trio of trumpet master Paul Smoker when both lived in Iowa. He moved to New York in the 1980s and participated in that city’s forward-looking music scene for more than two decades. Haynes has been featured on more than 50 LP and CD releases by numerous American and European record labels. International media have compared his drumming to masters Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes and Elvin Jones, and his compositions to Duke Ellington, Charles Ives, Charles Mingus and the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Drew Gress has worked in the ensembles of Paul Smoker, Tim Berne, Fred Hersch, John Hollenbeck and many others, with his own recordings garnering great reviews. Dave Liebman played in the early ’70s bands of Miles Davis and has made his own distinctive mark on jazz for the last 40 years.
“Phil Haynes retains the same qualities that I remember from the first time we met,” says Michael Friedman, owner of Premonition Records. “He consistently offers to the world an original and intelligent style of music. And his passion for music has only grown stronger.”
Karen M. Jones