The Appel Room
New Jazz Standards
Guitarist Anthony Wilson, saxophonist Jonathan Ragonese, pianist Amina Figarova, bassist Ben Wolfe, and drummer Clarence Penn perform together for the first time, debuting new works written specifically for this freshly assembled group. Each artist brings his or her distinctive compositional sensibility to the forefront in these performances. Anthony Wilson is a GRAMMY® Award-nominated guitarist, composer, and arranger, whose work has been commissioned by the LA Philharmonic, among others. Jonathan Ragonese has worked with Terell Stafford, Jimmy Heath and James Moody. Amina Figarova composed the moving September Suite, as a tribute to victims of the 9/11 terror attacks. Ben Wolfe is a composer, band leader, and educator who also spent time as a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. His seventh and most recent release, 2013’s “From Here I See,” was warmly received, most notably by The New York Times. Clarence Penn, in addition to being one of the most active drummers on the scene, is also a composer, arranger, and educator, composing for film and commercials, as well as his own albums as a leader. This all-star ensemble represents five dynamic voices in jazz songwriting.