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METTA QUINTET

BROOKLYN, NY         

METTA QUINTET

METTA QUINTET is the official resident ensemble of JazzReach Performing Arts & Education Association, Inc.

A cohesive, tight-knit unit featuring some of the most creative, sought after artists on the jazz scene today, METTA QUINTET is fueled by a collective, open-minded musical curiosity and is as dedicated to blazing new artistic territory as it is to arts education and community service.

In addition to maintaining a robust touring schedule (typically more than 65 live performances annually), the quintet has released numerous critically acclaimed recordings including: 2002’s “Going to Meet The Man” (featuring commissions by Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, George Coilligan and Larry Goldings), 2006’s “Subway Songs” (featuring commissions by Helen Sung, Myron Waldon, Jimmy Greene, Jon Cowherd and Marcus Strickland) and 2012’s “Big Drum, Small World” (featuring commissions by Rudresh Mahanthappa, Lionel Loueke, Yosvany Terry, Marcus Strickland and Miguel Zenon). A new recording, “Boom For Real” will be released in 2017 (featuring commissions by Ambrose Akinmusure, Greg Ward and others tbd).

ABOUT JAZZREACH:

Established in 1994, JazzReach is a nationally recognized New York City-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, promulgation, performance, creation and teaching of jazz music.

Through the presentation of engaging, high quality  live multi-media educational programs for young audiences, informative, clinics workshops and master-classes for student musicians, and captivating main-stage concerts for audiences of all ages, JazzReach is fiercely committed to fostering a greater appreciation, awareness and understanding of our nation’s rich jazz tradition.

Since inception, JazzReach has successfully positioned itself as the nation’s leading provider of live educational programming on the subject, garnered wide praise from arts professionals, educators, students, parents and the media alike and through collaborative community partnership with many of our county’s most esteemed performing arts presenters, impacted more than a half million people through its many programs and services.

King Jack – SCORE

This is a score for new composition called “King Jack” by Metta Quintet member Greg Ward. To be recorded and released by Metta Quintet in 2017

Love Me – SCORE

This is the score for a composition called “Love Me” by Metta Quintet member, Greg Ward, to be recorded and released by Metta Quintet in 2017.

Recordings / Performances 2012-2016

“King Jack” and “Love Me” are compositions by Metta Quintet alto saxophonist, Greg Ward. Commissioned by JazzReach for a project celebrating the late 20th Century American painter, Jean-Michel Basquiat . Other selections are original compositions by Miguel Zenion, Yosvanny Terry and Marcus Strickland that were commissioned by JazzReach for the quintet’s critically praised 2012 release, “Big Drum, Small World”.

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