Darius Jones, is an alto saxophonist, composer, and producer. He joined the New York music community in 2005, after living and studying in Richmond, Va. Darius comes from a diverse musical background that has lead to his unique, alternative, and soulful approach to music. Jones has composed and performed in a wide variety of areas such as electro-acoustic music, chamber ensembles, contemporary jazz groups, free jazz groups, modern dance performances, and multi-media events. Darius enjoys playing with a steady group of artists and improvisers. The current bands Jones works with are the Cooper-Moore Trio, Mike Pride’s From Bacteria to Boys, Nioka Workman’s House Arrest Band, William Hooker’s Bliss Quartet, Trevor Dunn’s Proof Readers, and Period. In New York, Darius has produced records for Korean jazz vocalist Sunny Kim and country-folk artist Mary Bragg. Jones has performed in Italy, France, U.S. and Canada. Jones has a band with Travis LaPlante, Ben Greenberg, and Jason Nazary called Little Women, which recently went on a national tour to promote the release of their first record “Teeth” on Sockets (www.socketscdr.com) and Gilgongo Records (www.gilgongorecords.com).
ADAM LANE (Composer/Bassist)
By combining a disparate set of influences into a unique and personal improvisational voice, Adam Lane has become recognized as one of the most original creative voices in the downtown New York scene. He is the leader of several different ensembles that perform his original creative music compositions. His most recent projects include The Adam Lane Trio, featuring legendary reedist Vinny Golia, Four Corners, a co-lead ensemble with reedist Ken Vandermark, The Full Throttle Orchestra (both West and East Coast versions), formed to perform LaneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s large group music for improvising orchestras, and an ongoing solo project that combines unique processed double bass improvisations with Lane’s original story telling. Sam Prestiani of Jazziz says of LaneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s writing: “His confidence and confrontational prowess, as well as his abiding sense of lyricism and heavy-groove power, place him in the lineage of forward-jazz adventurism.” Lane is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Julius Hemphill Award for large ensemble jazz pieces, several Meet the Composer awards, and a Paternings Scholarship Award for study at the Darmstadt School for New Music, where Lane studied double bass with Steffano Scodanibbio, and attended master classes in composition with Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Uumans is a “free energy” group. Tonight it exists as a duo of Matt Mehlan (sax) and Jonathan Leland (percussion). Matt and Jon also perform together in Skeletons, a “pop” group who fresh off a six week tour in the UK and Europe, who will release their 5th full length “MONEY” this October via Tomlab.