featuring Mike Baggetta, guitar, Jerome Harris, bass guitar, Billy Mintz, drums, Hampshire College Music & Dance Building Recital Hall, Amherst, MA
The Trio’s latest album, Spectre, was recognized as one of the best new Jazz albums of 2016 by the New York City Jazz Record and Guitar Moderne among other publications.
It has been said that MIKE BAGGETTA is “a guitarist of slippery proficiency” (New York Times), that his performances are “totally compelling” (Jazz Journal, UK) and that “his melodic sense is truly beautiful.” (Jazzreview.com)
Mike’s singular and very personal musical style seeks to blur the lines between composition and improvisation, while connecting a wide range of musical genres that influence him. He has earned accolades from the press that call this approach “…beguilingly atmospheric…” (Time Out New York) and that “Baggetta’s music is quietly transgressive… Even when he plays a lot of notes, his playing can sound almost static, as though ideas were being snagged out of thin air.” (The Hartford Courant)
Baggetta has had the pleasure to work with a wide range of visionary musicians across many generations including David Torn, Donny McCaslin, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Tim Berne, Craig Taborn, Ches Smith, Tyshawn Sorey, Psychic Temple, Jon Irabagon, Greg Tardy, Cameron Brown, Tom Harrell, Joseph C. Philips’ Numinous, Conrad Herwig, Eivind Opsvik, Jeremy Udden, and Ruth Brown among many others. Baggetta is an Endorsing Artist for D’Addario Strings and Fryette Amplification.
JEROME HARRIS has won international recognition as one of the more versatile and penetrating stylists of his generation on both guitar and bass guitar.
Jerome’s first major professional performances were as bass guitarist with Sonny Rollins in 1978; from 1988 to 1994 he was Rollins’ guitarist, and appears on five of his recordings. Over the past two decades, Jerome has also recorded and/or performed live on six continents with such jazz notables as Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, Ray Anderson, Don Byron, Bobby Previte, Oliver Lake, Amina Claudine Myers, Bob Stewart, George Russell, Julius Hemphill, and Bob Moses.
His extensive international work has included several stints in Japan with Sonny Rollins, as well as tours sponsored by the U.S. State Department: to six southeastern African countries with saxophonist Sam Newsome and guitarist Marvin Sewell, to India and southeast Asia with flutist Jamie Baum and guitarist Kenny Wessel, to India and several Middle Eastern countries with vibraphonist Jay Hoggard’s group, and to five African nations with saxophonist Oliver Lake’s reggae/jazz/funk band “Jump Up.” In 1999, Harris served as arranger, rhythm guitarist and assistant to musical director Vernon Reid in the “Joni’s Jazz” tribute concert staged in New York’s Central Park–with Joni Mitchell herself in attendance–accompanying singers as diverse in style as Chaka Khan, Jane Siberry, Duncan Sheik and P.M. Dawn.
Over the years, Jerome Harris has appeared on more than fifty recordings, making for a lengthy and wide-ranging discography. Among Harris’s appearances on record as featured sideman are Don Byron’s A Fine Line: Arias and Lieder (Blue Note), Malinke’s Dance, by Marty Ehrlich’s Travelers Tales (Omnitone), Jack DeJohnette’s Oneness (ECM), the Ray Anderson Lapis Lazuli Band’s Funkorific (Enja) and Ned Rothenberg & Sync’s Inner Diaspora (Tzadik), Harbinger (Animul), and Port of Entry (Intuition). Each showcases Jerome’s expressive range, stylistic insight, and creativity.
BILLY MINTZ was born in New York City. By the age of 15 he was playing in the show bands of the Catskill Mountain resorts developing his musicianship. In his twenties, he played and recorded with the Lee Konitz Nonet, Kundalini with Perry Robinson and Badal Roy, the Eddie Daniels Quartet, Gloria Gaynor, the Steve Tintweiss Quartet, and the Harold Danko Quartet.
In 1981 Mr. Mintz relocated to Los Angeles where he was a member of the Mike Garson Trio with Stanley Clarke, Kim Richmond Sextet, Bobby Shew Quintet, Joey Sellers’ Jazz Aggregation, Bill Mays Quartet, and Vinny Golia Quartet. He also perfomed several times with the Mose Allison Trio and with Mark Murphy, and did a stint with the Merv Griffin Show band. In 1986, Mr. Mintz toured Japan with the Los Angeles Symphonic Jazz Orchestra. In 1988 he toured Europe with saxophonist Charles Lloyd along with bassist John Pattitucci. Throughout the 1980’s he performed and recorded with Bill Perkins, Frank Strazzeri, and Pete Cristlieb. From 1989 he has been a member of pianist Alan Broadbent’s Trio.
Mr. Mintz has written two books: Different Drummers (Amsco Music Publishing; Try Publishing) and Advanced Sticking and Sight-Reading (BM Publications). His articles have been published in Not Just Jazz and Modern Drummer magazines.
Mr. Mintz currently lives in New York City, where, in recent years, he has taken on new roles as a bandleader and composer. For the past 10 years he has led the Two Bass Band, a ten-piece ensemble which features his compositions and arrangements, as well as performing extensively on solo drumset and orchestrated several of his works for the Hutchins Consort String Chamber Orchestra in San Diego. Billy’s latest project, Mintz Quartet, features saxophonist John Gross, bassist Putter Smith and pianist/organist Roberta Piket.