Gerry Hemingway

Sunday, April 17, 1988 @ 9:00 pm

“Various Quartet Subdivisions” for the percussionist (drums, marimba, vibraphone, small objects) with Anne LeBaron on harp and processing, George Lewis on trombone, and Earl Howard on sax and electronics.

Gerry Hemingway first met and first played with Anthony Davis, Leo Smith, George Lewis and Anthony Braxton in the 70s in New Haven, CT. In the late 1970’s, Hemingway, trombonist Ray Anderson, and bassist Mark Helias formed a collective trio which they eventually named BassDrumBone.  He joined and remained a member of the Anthony Braxton quartet for eleven years from 1983.

Between 1997 and 2007 his primary working band was a quartet with either Ray Anderson-trombone or Herb Robertson-trumpet, Ellery Eskelin-tenor sax and Mark Dresser or Mark Helias on bass. His work as a composer and percussionist includes recordings, collaborations and performances with Derek Bailey, Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Kenny Wheeler, Frank Gratkowski, George Lewis, John Cale and Hank Roberts among many others. Collaborative trios include the GRH trio with German pianist Georg Graewe and the Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger, the WHO trio with Swiss pianist Michel Wintsch and bassist Baenz Oester, and Brew with Reggie Workman and Miya Masaoka.