Jazz / New Music Concert by World-Class Musicians from Boston and New Mexico

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From a Platz Trio Press Release

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The Boston-based modern jazz guitarist Jeff Platz ( is making his first foray in to the New Mexico music scene with two performances in the company of two of New Mexico’s best-known improvising musicians; bassist Ben Wright (from Taos) and drummer Dave Wayne (from Santa Fe). The two performances will be structured differently, guaranteeing that audiences in Santa Fe and Albuquerque shall witness completely different aspects of the trio’s musicality.

On Friday, August 8th at the O’Shaughnessy Performance Space, SFUAD, the trio will utilize Platz’ original melodic and harmonic sketches as the basis for a series of jazz-based improvisations. The idea here is to maximize spontaneity and freedom of expression while referring to a recognizable framework in different ways. Of course, the trio will take as many musical liberties as mutual listening will allow! It’s likely that the trio will break up a bit for duo and solo performances as well. During this performance, the trio shall explore their fullest range of sound possibilities.

7:30 PM, Friday August 8th, 2014 at SFUAD’s O’Shaughnessy Performance Space (Benildus Hall)

General Public $10 @ the door, SFUAD Students Free w/ID. Presented in collaboration with the Contemporary Music Program at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Jeff Platz is a guitarist, composer, and bandleader based in Boston, MA who also maintains a strong presence in Germany and Italy, where he’s established a variety of fruitful artistic collaborations. Platz has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, and has performed at numerous music festivals worldwide. In Boston, Platz maintains a clutch of groups featuring the cream of New England’s modern jazz scene: violist Mat Maneri, bassists Kit Demos and Jacob William, drummers John McLellan and Laurence Cook, pianist Pandelis Karayorgis, saxophonist Jim Hobbs, plus the NYC-based drummer Mike Pride and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter. Collaborations in Germany and Italy have led to multiple tours and recordings with saxophonists Jan Klare and Fabio Delvo, drummers Bill Elgart and Paul Hession, bassist Meinrad Kneer, andmany others. He’s released nine excellent and critically acclaimed recordings as a leader, co-leader and group member on labels such as Skycap Records, Konnex Records, and Evil Rabbit Records.

Jeff also co-manages the German-based music label Skycap Records, and organized the Skycap Music Festival in 2005. Visit for more information!

“Platz‘s mystic axe tones gradually madden into vapor-like labyrinths letting the subtleties unfold in sparse bubbling currents.”
“He’s one of the Boston territory’s exciting players.”
“Platz makes a statement that at times zeros in on the incendiary heart of the free jazz avant-garde, elegant, contemplative, and skronking!”
“Platz produces beautiful tunes. He generates creative freedom through use of harmonic and melodic ingenuity.”

Ben Wright plays double bass, musical saw, and various low brass instruments. Since cutting his musical teeth in the Philadelphia punk rock scene during the 1980s, Ben has explored many disparate forms of music, yet always returns to the wellspring of improvisation. Currently, Ben maintains a fruitful musical collaboration with his father, saxophonist Jack Wright. Their epic wanderings have led to musical encounters with the likes of trumpeters Nate Wooley and Kris Tiner, percussionists Andrew Drury and Tatsuya Nakatani, pianist Ron Stabinsky, and many others. Locally, Ben has been working with WindUp Birds, the Rumble Trio and with numerous visiting improvisers, including Nakatani and multi-instrumentalist J. A. Deane. Ben also maintains a robust musical life outside of free improvisation, and has played with an eclectic assortment of bands, including Czech Megaphone, The Art Of Flying and The Amorphous Band of Fools. Ben’s playing has been featured on recordings on the Relative Pitch, Zerx, and Bug Incision labels.

Dave Wayne, from Santa Fe, NM, is a largely self-taught drummer and a completely self-taught composer who has worked with a variety of innovative New Mexico-based jazz and rock artists. In 2009, Wayne started his own jazz-tinged math-rock group, The Things That Are Heard, which gigged frequently in Santa Fe and Albuquerque for almost two years. In 2013, Wayne collaborated with Brian Haas (of the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey) and Thollem McDonas on several live duo performances. Currently, Dave is 1/3rd of the funky Mushi Trio, and he’s also the snare drummer with the New Orleans-inspired Mil-Tones Brass Band. Wayne is also working with the avant-jazz trio Do Tell (with tuba player Mark Weaver plus LA-based cornetist Dan Clucas), and with WindUp Birds; a piano trio interpreting the music of Horace Tapscott. He’s also collaborated with numerous visiting jazz artists, including saxophonists Gianni Mimmo, Andrew Lamb, Joshua Smith, and Rob Brown, trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, bassist Clyde Reed, and multiinstrumentalist Alan Lechusza. Dave’s playing can be found on several recordings for independent labels such as Plutonium Records, Zerx Records, and pFMENTUM.

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