4:00 p.m. • May 23 • Indiana, PA • Free Admission
The Terry Gordon Quintet comes to Westsylvania from upstate New York and brings a creative, adventurous approach to original jazz music.
Their latest CD, Tomorrow Calling, presents an adventurous, eclectic collection of original compositions displaying a rich blend of tradition and innovation, including straight-ahead romps, deep-pocketed funk, and free-form excursions. (Available on CD Baby and iTunes.)
Since 1992 the Terry Gordon Quintet has performed in concert settings and jazz clubs throughout the northeast, has received a New York State arts grant for composition, and has released four CDs. Original music has been a hallmark of the band since its inception, and most of the members also compose for the group.
Leader Terry Gordon (trumpet, flugelhorn) has appeared at the Montreal, Rochester, and Cairo International Jazz Festivals, and performs regularly with the Empire Jazz Orchestra, Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble, and Brass-o-Mania.
Eric Walentowicz (tenor and soprano sax, flute) has backed such artists as George Merritt, Ray Anthony, Bobby Rydell, Fabian, Jerry Valle, and Eddie Fisher, and is a member of the Tim Olsen Big Band, the Mike Dimin Ensemble, New Regime, Body & Soul, as well as his own EW Quartet.
Michael Louis-Smith (guitar) was influenced by many jazz greats and draws on other genres to explore and expand the possibilities of the music in several ensembles he leads.
Bill Lawrence (bass) is an in-demand session player whose bass tracks are on over 40 album projects to date. His compositions have been featured on recordings by his internet-based fusion group the Funkdawgs, as well as his solo CD, Music From the Bass Guitar.
Matthew Maguire (drums) has performed widely with a variety of jazz and commercial bands, including his own quintet and the Ray Alexander Trio.