Bar LunÀtico is thrilled to host the super group of Roy Nathanson, Curtis Fowlkes, Marc Ribot, Greg Lewis & Nasheet Waits! Three former members of the Lounge Lizards reunite and join forces with Greg and Nasheet for an evening of uncharted musical exploration. Not To Be Missed!!!
Roy Nathanson has a varied career as a saxophonist, composer, band-leader, poet, actor and teacher. He is leader and principal composer of the Jazz Passengers, a seven piece group that he founded with Curtis Fowlkes in 1987. The band has toured Europe extensively and played at major festivals throughout the world. During the last 10 years, Mr. Nathanson has concentrated on combining text and music in a variety of ways. He recorded two CDs of his text/music band “Sotto Voce” including “Subway Moon,” (also published as a book of poems on Buddy’s Knife Editions of Koln,) wrote and performed a radio play “You’re the Fool” for Public Radio International and recorded a song cycle featuring Elvis Costello and Debbie Harry called “Fire at Keaton’s Bar and Grille.”
Curtis Fowlkes is an American jazz trombonist. In 1987 he founded, together with saxophonist Roy Nathanson, The Jazz Passengers, an eclectic group dedicated to putting entertainment and humor back into jazz. The two had met performing in John Lurie's The Lounge Lizards, a group that shares a similar artistic outlook. Fowlkes has also performed as a sideman on over 20 jazz and rock CDs. In addition to The Jazz Passengers and The Lounge Lizards, he has performed with Charlie Haden's reunited Liberation Music Orchestra in 1996, and with the alumni Ellington Orchestra led by Louie Bellson. He has also performed or recorded with Bill Frisell's quartet, as well as with John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Henry Threadgill, Sheryl Crow, Andy Summers, Cibo Matto, Jeb Loy Nichols, and comedian Harry Shearer. He has also performed with the Kansas City All-Stars, appearing in Robert Altman's 1996 film Kansas City with this group.
Marc Ribot (pronounced REE-bow) was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1954. As a teen, he played guitar in various garage bands while studying with his mentor, Haitian classical guitarist and composer Frantz Casseus. After moving to New York City in 1978, Ribot was a member of the soul/punk Realtones, and from 1984 - 1989, of John Lurie's Lounge Lizards. Between 1979 and 1985, Ribot also worked as a side musician with Brother Jack McDuff, Wilson Pickett, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Chuck Berry, and many others. Rolling Stones points out that “Guitarist Marc Ribot helped Tom Waits refine a new, weird Americana on 1985's “Rain Dogs”, and since then he's become the go-to guitar guy for all kinds of roots-music adventurers: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp.” Additional recording credits include Soloman Burke, Neko Case, Diana Krall, Beth Orton, Marianne Faithful, Arto Lindsay, Caetano Veloso, Laurie Anderson, Susana Baca, McCoy Tyner, The Jazz Passengers, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Cibo Matto, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, James Carter, Vinicio Capposella (Italy), Auktyon (Russia), Vinicius Cantuaria, Sierra Maestra (Cuba), Alain Bashung (France), Marisa Monte, Allen Ginsburg, Madeleine Peyroux, Sam Phillips, and more recently Joe Henry, Allen Toussaint, Norah Jones, Akiko Yano, The Black Keys, Jeff Bridges, Jolie Holland, Elton John/Leon Russell and many others. Ribot frequently collaborates with producer T Bone Burnett, most notably on Alison Krauss and Robert Plant's Grammy Award winning "Raising Sand" and regularly works with composer John Zorn.
Virtuoso organist, pianist and composer Greg Lewis, is a highly accomplished mainstay on the city's jazz, blues and funk scenes, Greg Lewis represents the next generation of jazz artists. Lewis possesses a deep commitment to discovering his own musical language through specific jazz techniques…”I’m creating music for the next generation of jazz innovators” says Lewis whose style on the Hammond B3 demonstrates he’s mastered the complex multi-manual and foot pedaled contraption. His ability to use the organ’s enormous sonic range to playfully turn traditional jazz melodies and notes into harmonic insights at grooving rhythms; coaxing sounds on the B3 that go well beyond the bluesy basics for swinging soul-jazz established half a century ago by Jimmy Smith. and Larry Young; has earned him a solid reputation for his versatile work around town, in a vast variety of settings.
Son of percussionist Freddie Waits, Nasheet Waits is a New York native who has been active on the jazz scene since early in his life. Before pursuing a music career, he studied psychology and history at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He also holds a degree from Long Island University in music. While studying at L.I.U, instructor Michael Carvln secured Waits a spot in the percussion ensemble M'Boom, started by drummer Max Roach in 1970. Waits has recorded or performed with Fred Hersch, Antonio Hart, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, Andrew Hill, Tony Malaby, Bunky Green, William Parker, Eddie Gómez, Casimir Liberski, John Medeski, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Mark Turner.