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Laszlo Gardony Trio & Christian Artmann Quartet ft. Elena McEntire

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Laszlo Gardony - Piano

Christian Artmann - Flute

Elena McEntire - Vocals

John Lockwood – Bass

Yoron Israel - Drums

The Laszlo Gardony Trio will perform Laszlo’s original compositions, personal takes on standards and spirited, in-the-moment improvised pieces featuring music from his trio’s latest Sunnyside Records release, “Close Connection.” Some of Laszlo’s new compositions and arrangements are also on the program.

The second set will feature fellow Sunnyside artist, Christian Artmann’s Quintet performing music from his new album “The Middle of Life,” which features Elena McEntire (vocals) as well as Laszlo’s trio.

Laszlo Gardony

Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, pianist/composer Laszlo Gardony has been noted for his “fluid pianism” by The New York Times. Two of his albums made DownBeat Magazine’s “Best of the Year” list. “A formidable improviser who lives in the moment” (JazzTimes), Laszlo has performed in 27 countries and released 14 albums on the Sunnyside, Antilles, and Avenue labels.

He is a professor of piano at Berklee College of Music in Boston and on the faculty at Harvard University’s “Jazz Combo Initiative” program.

Laszlo is a voting member of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs.

Laszlo’s performances convey the joy of inspired creation, audience connection, and moving spontaneous improvisations. Gardony's concerts are one-of-a-kind performances drawing from deep feeling, prodigious technique, and a playful curiosity that thrives on interpreting each unique moment.

Gardony continues to divide his time between composing, recording, concerts, and teaching, and he remains, above all, committed to living an inspired, truthful and productive life in music.

Visit www.LGJazz.com and www.facebook.com/laszlogardony for more information.

Christian Artmann

Called a “composer with great vision” by All About Jazz and praised for his “stunning virtuosity” by JazzTimes, flutist/composer and Sunnyside recording artist Christian Artmann is passionate about bridging musical boundaries and creating space for dialogue and understanding. Having grown up immersed in classical music in Germany and Austria, Artmann was invited to the Aspen Music Festival as a teenager where he performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra under world-renowned conductors Claudio Scimone and Lawrence Foster and gave solo recitals of Debussy, Hindemith, and Bartók. Increasingly fascinated with composition and improvisation, he realized that jazz was his true calling. Following studies at Berklee College of Music, Artmann moved to New York where he released three recordings as a leader to critical acclaim: JazzTimes applauded Uneasy Dreams (self-released, 2011) for its “vision of confidence”, The National Flute Association Quarterly called Fields of Pannonia (Sunnyside Records, 2015) a “mythical journey in sound”, and All About Jazz praised Our Story (Sunnyside Records, 2018) for its “perspective beyond boundaries”. Now residing in the Bay Area, Artmann released his latest album, "The Middle of Life", in 2023 on Sunnyside Records, featuring “clever, evocative themes” and a sound which “conjures up the magic of Chick Corea’s first Return to Forever band” (JazzThetik, Germany). Artmann’s approach to the flute has been called "a model of what is possible with jazz flute" (The Flutist Quarterly), featuring a "fluid technique" (Jazziz) and “the most beautiful, pure flute sound one could ever wish for” (JazzThetik, Germany).

For more information, visit www.artmannjazz.com.

Elena McEntire

Elena McEntire has been praised for an “appealing dusky sound, smooth from the bottom to its powerful top” (Houston Chronicle) that is "perfect for conveying emotional power" (AllAboutJazz). Elena studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Austrian National Music University in Vienna. With strong roots in classical singing, Elena is a multi-faceted musician with a deep interest in chamber music, folk, and jazz. She performed with the New York City Opera and at the Aspen Music Festival; with Romero Lubambo, Cyro Baptista, and Fredricka von Stade at Herbst Theater; with Charles Neidich and Imani Winds at Jazz at Lincoln Center; and with Baz Luhrmann’s Ovation Award-winning La Boheme on Broadway. Elena performed and recorded several premieres including Arturo Rodriguez’s Pablo Neruda Songs, Stanley Grill’s Vignettes/Trees and In Their Flight, Zachary Wadsworth’s Spire and Shadow, and most recently, original music with the Christian Artmann Quartet on three critically acclaimed albums: Uneasy Dreams (2011), Our Story (Sunnyside 2018) and The Middle of Life (Sunnyside 2023).

John Lockwood

John Lockwood earned an outstanding international reputation throughout his career that includes performances with legends like Joe Henderson, Dizzy Gillespie, Pat Metheny, and Freddie Hubbard, to name a few. He is perhaps the premier bassist in the New England region acclaimed for his regular performances with The Fringe, Laszlo Gardony, George Garzone, Joe Maneri, Billy Pierce, and others.

Yoron Israel

Yoron Israel is one of the most sought-after musicians of his generation. In addition to leading his various projects as a bandleader. Yoron’s brilliant musicality, intensity, and versatility are appreciated worldwide, through consistent performances at prestigious concerts, notable festivals, and prominent clubs as well as on more than 200 recordings as an accompanist. Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln, Ahmad Jamal, and Horace Silver, to name a few.