Saratoga Springs, NY (May 25, 2004) - Yaddo composer and bass trombonist Tim Newman - whose music has been described as "a nimble mix of contemporary classical music and jazz" - will bring his own band to Saratoga Springs for the 2004 Yaddo Summer Benefit, to be held 8 p.m. July 13th in the Music Room of the Yaddo Mansion.
The Tim Newman Septet, an outgrowth of the New York University Jazz Composers' Ensemble, will perform three musical pieces by Mr. Newman: Dancing in Frames, excerpts from The Storm King Suite, and These Dreams We Have, which was written at Yaddo in January. For this program, the septet will include pianist, composer, and teacher Mike Holober, who leads his own group, The Gotham Jazz Orchestra; trumpet player Matt Shulman, the Independent Music Awards Jazz Artist of the Year in 2003; Jonathan Rossman on alto saxophone and bass clarinet; Geoff Countryman playing tenor and soprano saxophones; Daniel Buttner on contrabass; and drummer David Christian.
Mr. Newman's compositions and arrangements have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals, New York University, and the City College of New York. He has a BM from William Paterson College and a MM from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied composition with Ludmila Ulehla. A member of the BMI jazz composers' workshop under Jim McNeely and Manny Album, Mr. Newman is currently a Ph.D. candidate in composition at New York University, studying with Mr. McNeely and Justin Dello Joio.
As a performer, Mr. Newman is one of the few improvising jazz bass trombonists on the New York scene. His writing and playing are featured on Altered Ego, his debut CD. He has performed and recorded with Slide Hampton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, They Might Be Giants, Mario Bauza's Afro-Cuban Orchestra, and Mel Torme. He currently is a teacher and administrator in the jazz studies program at NYU.
A reception will follow the July 13th musical performance.
The Yaddo Summer Benefit is an annual event that raises money for Yaddo's artist residency program, which hosts approximately 200 creative professionals a year. This year's fundraiser is organized by a Benefit Committee chaired by Deborah H. Lowe. John M. Forester is Chair of the Corporate Committee.
Tickets for the 2004 Yaddo Summer Benefit are $200 for Honorary Patrons, $175 for Special Patrons, and $125 for Patrons. To request an invitation, click here. For additional information, please contact Lynn Farenell.