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2018-07-11

7:30PM

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"...[Jason Yeager] always impressed me with his talent, his curiosity and his desire to create his own music while really investigating the jazz piano tradition."
-Fred Hersch, Grammy-nominated pianist/composer and Doris Duke Fellow

Jason Yeager & Randal Despommier Quintet 'All At Onceness' CD Release Concert

Featuring: Randal Despommier - Alto Sax
Jason Yeager - Piano
Aubrey Johnson - Voice
Danny Weller - Bass
Jay Sawyer - Drums

Boston native and Berklee piano professor Jason Yeager returns to the Regattabar, this time collaborating New Orleans-bred composer/saxophonist Randal Despommier, in a celebration of their new collaborative album, All At Onceness (Red Piano Records). This genre- and centuries-spanning amalgam is a soulful mix of improvisational arrangements of Baroque, Romantic, twentieth-century, and contemporary pieces. With source material ranging from Bach to Stravinsky, Scriabin to Messiaen, these intrepid composer-improvisers stake out their own territory in a diverse program that combines folk-like melodies, evocative harmonies, and infectious rhythms. Joining the duo are three of New York's most adventurous jazz artists: vocalist Aubrey Johnson, bassist Danny Weller, and drummer Jay Sawyer.

Randal Despommier is a New York-based composer, saxophonist, and educator from New Orleans, LA. His unique and extensive background in jazz, blues, and Western classical music results in a distinct twenty first-century compositional voice. Despommier's original music ranges from contemporary art songs to jazz adaptations of Medieval and Renaissance music. His debut album, an original song cycle entitled Circus of the Soul will be released on Albany Records later this year. He directs the music program at Bard High School Early College in Manhattan and has taught jazz history with the Bard Prison Initiative.

Originally from Framingham, MA, Jason Yeager is a New York-based pianist, composer, and educator, whose music is informed by jazz improvisation, contemporary chamber music, and Latin American folk rhythms. His previous album, United, with violinist Jason Anick, was awarded 4.5 stars and named one of 2017's top releases in Downbeat Magazine. Yeager has performed and recorded with such artists as Luciana Souza, Matt Wilson, Ayn Inserto, Linda Oh, Greg Osby, Sara Serpa, and George Garzone, and has performed across the US and abroad in Argentina, Panama, and South Africa. In addition to his performance and composition work, Yeager teaches piano at Berklee College of Music.