John Ehlis  CD Release “In This Lifetime”

Sunday, March 22nd.  Sets are at 7:30pm and 9:00pm.
at Trumpets Jazz Club, 6 Depot Square, Montclair, New Jersey
Guitarist and composer John Ehlis performs music from his latest release “In this Lifetime” with a celebrated group of musicians including Sylvain Leroux (flutes & dousin’ gouni’), Warren Smith (vibraphone), Max Johnson (bass) and Kresten Osgood (drums).
The personnel on the new recording includes: Karl Berger, Amalia Lopez Chueca, Glen Fittin, Mikko Innanen, Max Johnson, Yasuno Katsuki, Sylvain Leroux, Eloisa Manera, Sana Nagano, Kresten Osgood and Chris White III.
Sylvain Leroux, a pioneer of World music, is at the forefront of new developments in the meeting of African music and Jazz.  He is one of the rare outsiders to have mastered the “tambin” the flute of the Fulani people of Guinea.  Leroux is a pillar of the African music scene in New York City, as a leader of the groups Fula Flute and Source (with Abdoulaye Diabate), as well as a member of Kakande and the Mandingo Ambassadors.

Vibraphonist, drummer and percussionist Warren Smith’s rich and varied background ranges from classical to stints with Nina Simone, Charles Mingus, Nat King Cole, Aretha Franklin, and Janis Joplin.  He made history, along with Max Roach, as one of the founders of the incomparable percussion unit M’Boom and operated the acclaimed loft space, “Studio Wis” throughout the 70’s and 80’s.  His playing on vibes, drums or percussion can be heard on thousands of recordings.

While a high school student in Montclair, bassist Max Johnson toured nationally and internationally with progressive rock artists Jon Anderson and John Wetton, played locally with artists such as Adrian Belew and Vernon Reid, and has since gone on to work alongside artists such as Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Tyshawn Sorey, William Parker, Candido Camero and countless others.  His musical career, has taken him to Germany, Italy, Switzerland, England and Canada; to the stages of Lincoln Center, the United Nations and festivals including the Bern Jazz Festival, Quebec City International Summer Festival, Lollapalooza, and Zappanale.

Drummer Kresten Osgood is at the forefront of musicians from Jutland who are leading the Jazz scene in his native Denmark.  He has performed and recorded with Yusef Lateef, Oliver Lake, John Tchicai, Michael Blake, Peter Brötzman, Derek Bailey and many others. He also cultivates an upbeat rap language of his own invention with the group “Ikscheltaschel”, together with his cousin, the pianist Søren Kjærgaard.

Guitarist John Ehlis fully embraces the creative side of music throughout a wide range of diverse and varied artistic collaborations.

Drawn to traditional and folk music from around the world, Ehlis blends the sounds of many cultures into his own style.  As a multi-instrumentalist, he learned the mandolin busking on the streets of Denmark, Germany and Italy and has studied various woodwind instruments and percussion, including the Balinese Gamelan.  While in Zimbabwe he met local musicians and performed with Motsi Uruka at the Amakhosi Theatre in Bulawayo.  He also performs and studies the music of the Basques.

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