Saxophonist and composer Loren Stillman was raised in Croton-on- Hudson, where he had easy access to New York City’s jazz scene. His early teachers included Ted Nash, Dick Oatts and Dave Liebman. Stillman studied classical saxophone with instructors Dan Goble and Harvey Pittell at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in 1995. In studying with these well versed saxophonists, he gained a strong knowledge of Joe Allard’s approach to saxophone playing, emphasizing a natural and relaxed view to the instrument through the study of overtones and vocal manipulation of sound.
Stillman’s influences range from saxophonists Lee Konitz and Wayne Shorter to composers Frank Zappa and Bela Bartok. He also draws inspiration from traditional music from around the world, and makes compositional reference to “stream of consciousness writing,” expressed by the teachings of composer Ludmila Uhlela.
Stillman has toured Europe and Japan as a leader and sideman with performers like Andy Milne’s DAPP Theory, Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, Eivind Opsvik Overseas, The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Vic Juris, Dave Liebman, and John Abercrombie. Past performances by his ensemble include the JVC, Verizon, Earshot and Edinburgh Jazz Festivals. Stillman lives in Croton, NY and has an active career as an improviser, teacher and composer.
David Ambrosio, originally from the New York area, currently resides in NYC where he works as a freelance musician and educator. He leads the David Ambrosio Trio and David Ambrosio/Russ Meissner Sextet and is the co-leader of two collaborative bands, Grupo Los Santos and 40Twenty, as well as being a part of many groups including George Schuller’s Circle Wide, the Matt Renzi Trio, Eri Yamamoto Trio and the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra led by Jim McNeely. He has also performed with such jazz greats as pianist Kenny Werner, Buddy DeFranco, George Garzone, Joseph Jarmon and Ralph Alessi.
With degrees in Classical composition and Jazz performance, David has a broad musical palate which only became intensified by some unique travel experiences in past years. In 2001 he had the opportunity to perform in Cuba with Grupo Los Santos and Max Pollack’s Rumbatap as well as to work with Afro/Cuban folkloric music and dance ensembles. On numerous occasions he has toured in Central and South East Asia on behalf of the US State Department as a performer and clinician. He has performed and recorded with members of Uzbekistan’s Folk Instruments Chamber Orchestra Sogdiana and Kyrgyzstan’s most acknowledged folk musicians.
Local boy and Green Growler fixture Bob Meyer is currently leading The Bob Meyer Project and recently released a CD Scabiosa; available on iTunes and CD Baby. Bob has a long history with Jazz, and has played with Joe Lovano, John Abercrombie, Ed Schuller, Ken Werner, Nina Sheldon, Judi Silvano, Perry Robinson, Glenn Moore, Cameron Brown, Andy Statman, Sheila Jordan, Ray Nance, Art Davis, Jaki Byard, Paul McCanless, Julian Priester, Gary Peacock, Peggy Stern, Bert Wilson, Diane Schurr, Stanley Cowell, Mal Waldron, David Friesen, Jim Pepper, Red Rodney, Itzhak Perlman, Arnie Lawrence, James Moody, Kirk Leitsey, Avishai Cohen, Wayne Horvitz, Drew Gress, Rob Scheps, Mike Bisio, Don Friedman, James Emery, Tony Malaby, Essiet Essiet, Santi Debriano, Vic Juris, Harvey Wainapel, Peter Barshay and Mel Martin among many others.
We think you’ll agree: this is a heady trio with serious chops. Don’t miss what is sure to be a great performance and a fantastic evening at The Green Growler.