RIVERTOWNS JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL with David Janeway Trio, also Jess Jurkovic

"A skilled composer and pianist capable of creating music that is imaginative, sensitive, and often exciting."
– David Franklin, Cadence

"...welcome your ears to David Janeway. You'll enjoy this new recording talent." – Sid Gribetz, WKCR, Jazz Times

"This is pleasant contemporary jazz that is easy to enjoy." – Michael Nastos, The Ann Arbor News

David Janeway was born in Rochester, New York. He began studying classical piano at the age of six after moving to Detroit in 1960. Early influences included Harold McKinney, Marcus Belgrave, Bill Evans and Denny Zeitlin. After moving to New York City in 1978, Janeway studied with the late Albert Dailey for two years. During this time he worked and recorded with Angel Canales and Orchestra Sabor and other Latin/Jazz groups.

Janeway's compositions and improvisations reveal an intensely dedicated and sensitive individual. While his driving power and intricate rhythms have earned him comparisons to McCoy Tyner, make no mistake, he is an artist with an undeniably unique voice. Drawing upon his Latin music experience, he often spices his music with unexpected salsa turns and twists that make for passionate solos.

Janeway has also worked with Art Farmer, The Supremes, Michal Urbaniak, Spanky Wilson, David "Fathead" Newman, Jr. Cook, Sonny Fortune, Billy Hart, Tom Harrell, Danny Gottlieb, Louis Smith, Dakota Staton, Valery Ponomarev, Benny Golson, Harvie S and others.

He has performed at Zanzibar, Visiones, Sonny's, Village Gate, J's, Sweet Basil, Sweet Rhythm and other clubs in NYC. He performed at the Salsa Festival at Madison Square Garden in 1980 and at the Detroit Montreus Jazz Festival and other festivals and clubs throught the US and Europe.

His first recording as a leader was entitled "Entry Point" (New Directions,1986LP) and featured Bob Berg, Marcus Belgrave and Steve Berrios. His second as a leader, "Inside Out" (Timeless Records-CD SJP402) features Sonny Fortune, Billy Hart, Valery Ponomarev and Chip Jackson. His latest CD, Excursion features his trio with Harvie S and Steve Davis.

Also appearing will be pianist Jess Jurkovic. A native of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, Jess Jurkovic started his musical life as a drummer and percussionist, but at age fourteen, began to compose and teach himself jazz piano.

Today he is an exciting and eclectic voice as a pianist and composer. He has written over 100 pieces and arranged dozens of standards and not-so-standards for his groups. In addition, he has arranged and composed music for jazz big band, jazz vocal ensemble, string orchestra, and even classical chamber ensembles—as well as worked in and composed for pop, rock, and funk genres.

Jess attended the University of Minnesota, receiving his Bachelor of Music degree in 1996. That year he moved to New York City to study at Manhattan School of Music, where he received his Master's degree in Jazz and Commercial Music in 1998.

Jess has served as musical director to several New York cabaret artists, as well as with the American Tap Dance Foundation. He is on the piano faculty at Larchmont Music Academy, teaching private piano lessons to all ages. He has also worked with Cherry Lane Music Co. as a freelance writer and editor; his book Keyboard Warm-up Techniques was published in 2006.

Jess’s first recording was the art department (2000), a jazz quartet he formed with percussionist Greg Beyer. He quickly followed that with Blue and Violet (2001), a duo recording with Pedro Giraudo.

In addition to his own recordings, Jess is an integral member of the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra (represented on three CDs), and Justin Hines and the Headphones's debut CD, As Advertised. He also has joined The Leonisa Ardizzone Quartet, making it a Quintet.

Jess's newest recording under his own name is a solo piano effort, Two Hands, Volume 1 (2007).

And don't forget the rest of our events in our Festival finale weekend:

Friday, June 12th @ 8 pm at Common Ground: Pete Kennedy and the Matt Munisteri Trio

Saturday, June 13th from 2:30-7:30 Celebration of Sustainable Community, w/Bethany and Rufus, the Mandingo Ambassadors, and Hazmat Modine(Sponsored by the Beczak Environmental Education Center and Global Exchange) FUSW Members! Be sure to go to the FUSW Retreat, and then end the day on the Hudson River waterfront with great music, food and family activities!

AS ALWAYS, NO FUSW MEMBER WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR FINANCIAL REASONS. Please contact Carter Smith and Maria Harris at Commongroundfusw@aol.com if you'd like to discuss discounted admission to these events.

Name Sales End Price Fee
Adults Ended $15 $0.99
Seniors (60+)/Students (12+) Ended $10 $0.99
Kids Under 12 Ended Free

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