Evidence: A Jazz Creation

Monday, September 26
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1hr 20mins // featuring:Lew Soloff, François Moutin, Anne Sila, Courtney Giannone

A multi-layered live performance featuring exquisite improvisations on jazz standards and new tunes, notching it up with further improvisations through voice and dance.

The Coolidge is proud to present jazz trumpet virtuoso Lew Soloff with a new musical ensemble, Evidence, in collaboration with LA-based dancer and choreographer Courtney Giannone.

Revered for his tremendous range and superior technical command, Soloff brings his signature fire, elegance, and lyricism to Evidence, which features two other prodigious talents:  French-born bass player François Moutin, whose chops have been hailed as “practically unparalleled”, and vocalist and cellist Anne Sila.  This brilliant 21-year-old just arrived from her native France and channels the best scat singing stars to thrill new audiences of 21st-century jazz.

Adding to the event’s spontaneous spirit, the musicians will improvise to a filmed dance piece (Spools) created by and featuring Courtney Giannone.  Giannone will bring yet another layer of inventiveness when she takes the stage for a live dance performance, improvising to Evidence’s music.

Performing together for the first time, this gifted foursome creates a singular jazz event with texture, sound, movement, and joy.  A not-to-be missed sensory feast!

Tickets: $20 general / $17 Members, students, and seniors.

Support for OnStage @ the Coolidge comes from The Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation and Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation. Additional funding for this event thanks to Justin Freed and Dan Frank.

About the Performers

Lew Soloff

A consummate fixture on the New York jazz scene, Lew Soloff has a rich history of renowned sessions and world-class collaborations.  His expertise includes trumpet, flugelhorn, harmon mute, plunger mute, and, especially, piccolo trumpet.

After graduating from Eastman School of Music and doing graduate work at Juilliard, Soloff settled in New York in the mid-‘60s.  His career ignited, and he played trumpet with a who’s who of jazz elite, including Machito, Maynard Ferguson, Joe Henderson, Kenny Dorham, Gil Evans (Soloff’s “musical Godfather” with whom he enjoyed a longtime creative relationship), Clark Terry, Tito Puente, and Eddie Palmieri.  From 1968 to 1973, Soloff was an integral member of the groundbreaking band Blood, Sweat & Tears, his trumpet solos becoming an indelible part of American culture (he created those searing horn lines in “Spinning Wheel”).

This musician’s musician has been consistently in demand, participating in recordings and concerts for such notables as Ornette Coleman, Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithful, Aretha Franklin, Lou Reed, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, John Mayall, and Dr. John.

He was the lead trumpeter of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band under the direction of Jon Faddis during its entire tenure and spent six years as first trumpet in the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.  Current bands include Evidence, Lew Soloff and The Afro Cuban Ensemble, and The Lew Soloff Quartet, which includes François Moutin.  He is a regular in Carla Bley’s Big Band, remains a founding member of The Manhattan Jazz Quintet, and is part of the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra and the contemporary quintet Manhattan Brass.  Film fans will recognize his majestic notes on the soundtracks of The Big Lebowski, Carlito's Way, The Color of Money, Coming to America, The Mambo Kings, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Tender Mercies, The Untouchables, and many others.

For more on Lew Soloff, visit www.lewsoloff.com.

François Moutin

Paris native François Moutin developed a lasting passion for the acoustic bass as a teenager.  After earning a doctorate in physics at age 24, he was determined to become a professional musician. Three years later, as a member of the legendary Martial Solal’s Trio, Moutin was recognized as one of the finest young bass players in Europe.  At 29, he began co-leading the Quintet Moutin with his identical twin brother Louis, a top-echelon jazz drummer.  This project evolved into the Moutin Reunion Quartet, which has been called “one of the best working bands in jazz history.” The Quartet has toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States and recorded five albums.

While still living in Paris, François Moutin worked non-stop with a who’s who of talent, including Martial Solal, Michel Portal, Jean-Michel Pilc, Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Niels Lan Doky, Mino Cinelu, Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie, Toots Thielemans, Richard Galliano, Michel Legrand, Archie Shepp, and Biréli Lagrène.

In November 1997, Moutin moved to New York, where he has worked consistently in live performance and studio sessions with premier artists on the New York jazz scene. A partial list of their names reads like the Yellow Pages of jazz:  Lew Soloff, Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath, Don Alias, Mike Stern, Joe Locke, Billy Hart, Jeff Tain Watts, Oliver Lake, Harry Belafonte, Ari Hoenig, Adam Rogers, David Gilmore, Steve Hass and Bob James. Moutin is a familiar presence on the stages of such venues as Jazz Standard, Birdland, Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Knitting Factory, Zinc Bar, Jazz Gallery, Tonic, Smoke, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, New York Symphony Space, and the Museum of Modern Art.  He has appeared in leading jazz festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe.

For more on François Moutin, visit: http://moutin.com. 

Anne Sila


French-born Anne Sila has degrees in classical cello and film scoring from Maison de la Musique et de la Danse in Valence, a small town in the south of France where she now lives.  She started playing cello at age six. An astonishingly gifted jazz singer at just 21 years of age, Sila, a longtime fan of pop and rock, only began listening to jazz about four years ago.  Her musical inspirations include Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Billie Holiday, Rachelle Ferrell, Lisa Ekdhal, Pieter Wispelwey, and Joe Cocker.  She has performed with many different types of bands, including pop and world music, in France and with Lew Soloff and François Moutin in New York.

Courtney Giannone

Courtney Giannone is a professional dancer and choreographer with a BFA in dance from Fordham University and the Ailey School.  She has danced professionally with STREB Extreme Action, Jane Comfort and Company, Aerial Artistry, Diavolo Dance Theater, Jacqulyn Buglisi, The Martha Graham Conservatory, and the Ailey School.  She has also performed the works of Robert Battle, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Pascal Rioult, Milton Myers, and Shana Menaker.

As a choreographer, Giannone’s works include Tip of the Tongue, a live acrobatic and dance performance (2011), City, solo choreographed for Cornish School of the Arts (2011), and Dancers Who Are Pianists (in progress).

Her dance films has been screened at numerous festivals including Move the Frame International Festival of Brazil 2010, Northwest Film Forum of Seattle 2010, The Big Screen Project 2010 and 2011, International Dance Video Festival of Burgundy 2011, Frameworks Film Festival 2011, Dance Magazine/Dance TV 2011, and Dance New Amsterdam of New York 2011.

For more on Courtney Giannone, visit www.courtneygiannone.com and www.vimeo.com/courtneygiannone.