Ben Markley Big Band ft. Ari Hoenig
Ben Markley Big Band featuring Ari Hoenig
plays the music of Ari Hoenig
Ben Markley – Piano
Steve Kovalcheck – Guitar
Evan Gregor – Bass
Ari Hoenig – Drums
Ben Markley, a jazz pianist, has performed with Brian Lynch, Greg Osby, Eddie Henderson, Terell Stafford, and George Garzone. Markley’s latest recording project is Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton (OA2 records). Markley, along with special guest trumpeter Terell Stafford, celebrates one of the more influential and beloved figures in jazz through this unique project, showcasing many of the late pianist and composer Cedar Walton’s most revered tunes through new arrangements for big band. Performing iconic compositions such as ‘Hindsight,’ ‘Bolivia,’ and ‘Holy Land,’ Markley brings together fellow faculty members from the University of Wyoming and top-flight Denver-area musicians to produce an honest and swinging recording that honors Cedar Walton while presenting his music in a bright new light. The album received great critical acclaim and was selected as one of the best 4 star rated albums of 2017 by DownBeat magazine.
Ari Hoenig is a jazz drummer, composer and educator known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming emphasizing complex rhythms in direct harmony with other group members. Ari is widely noted particularly for his drumming not being relegated to just keeping tempo, or being a side issue to the music he plays in, but rather for elevating drumming as an indispensable part of the performance.
“Postbop daredevil Ari Hoenig turns jazz drumming into a thrilling high-wire act.” —Time Out New York
“Rhythm is a contact sport for Ari Hoenig” “expansive technique, propulsive time and deep musicality” “his style is characterized by a crisp attack and quick attentive reflexes.” —Nate Chinen, NEW YORK TIMES