|March 2, 2020: New release from Andy Jaffe and his Nonet +3: Chorinhoso|
Playscape Recordings will release Chorinhoso (PSR#072519), the latest offering from veteran pianist/composer Andy Jaffe and his Nonet +3. Jaffe's nonet features Wallace Roney on trumpet, John Clark on french horn, Jimmy Greene and Jonathan Ragonese on tenor and soprano saxophone, Freddie Bryant on guitar, Kris Allen on alto sax, Bruce Williamson on clarinets, Marty Jaffe and Avery Sharp on bass and Rogério Boccato on percussion. Vocalist Martina DaSilva is also featured on "A Coisa Com Penas", Jaffe's musical interpretation of Emily Dickinson's poem, "The Thing with Feathers". Chorinhoso is Jaffe’s third release on the Playscape Recordings label following the 2001 reissue of his Manhattan Projections and Arc in 2015.
This latest recording documents Jaffe's long-time love of Brazilian music inspired in part by his self-described "life-changing" encounter with the Mestre Hermeto Pascoal at Pascoal's home in Rio. The CD's third track, "12 For Tom", is Jaffe's tribute to his late piano duo partner and close friend Tom McClung. Writes Jaffe in his liner notes, "Chorinhoso is a collection of compositions reflecting my long-standing involvement with, and love for, Brazilian music. Most of these compositions are related in some way to Choro, Samba, Bossa Nova, or Baião rhythms, with an occasional hint of Partido alto. Of course bringing the music to life in a convincing way depends on the musicians, and I'm once again blessed with the participation of some of the best on the scene today. As with any jazz ensemble, one writes with the strengths and sounds of the musicians in mind, and with this group there is a lot of inspiration on offer."
Andy Jaffe has been an active jazz composer, performer, recording artist and jazz educator for more than three decades and has appeared as a guest lecturer, artist and conductor in Germany, Slovakia, New Zealand, Malta, and France, among many other places around the globe. During the past 38 years, Jaffe’s teaching gigs included stints at the Berklee College of Music, the Institut Musical de formation Professionelle in Nimes, France and the Afro-American Music and Jazz program at UMASS Amherst. He has also been on the faculty at Tufts University, Amherst and Smith Colleges, and the Tainan (Taiwan) National University of the Arts, among many other institutions. He is presently the Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence in Jazz, former Director of Jazz Activities and former Artistic Director of the Williamstown Jazz Festival at Williams College, teaching courses in jazz theory, improvisation, arranging and composition, the history of jazz composition and on the music of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane. He also teaches at the low residency MFA program in Music Composition at The Vermont College of Fine Arts.