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Ehud Asherie ‘ Harlem Piano’
June 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$15.00
August 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Ehud Asherie, “a master of swing and stride” (The New Yorker), is a jazz pianist who integrates the venerable New York piano tradition into his inventive style. Born in Israel in 1979, Asherie lived in Italy for six years before his family moved to New York. Though he began playing piano as a child, his passion for jazz came later—with a Thelonious Monk cassette tape—and his visit to Smalls Jazz club in Greenwich Village. Largely self-taught, or rather, “old-schooled,” Asherie learned the ropes at Smalls, spending the wee small hours of his early teens becoming of the late-night jam sessions. Mentored by the late Frank Hewitt, Asherie began to develop “his virtuosity and his ear for clean, crisp lines“ (The Star-Ledger). From Smalls to the Rainbow Room, from Lincoln Center to The Village Vanguard, Asherie has since worked with a broad range of musicians including Eric Alexander, Roy Ayers, Peter Bernstein, Jesse Davis, Bobby Durh
“Asherie approaches the 1920s material with an open mind and a restless left hand, much like a younger version of Dick Hyman. These effortlessly buoyant interpretations leap from fluid, Art Tatum-ish runs to shimmering, Bill Evans-like harmonies.” – London Sunday Times
Ehud Asherie is a first-call pianist for any gig requiring a mastery of early jazz traditions with a modern adaptability. Over the last several years, he has graced Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola for Wycliffe Gordon’s Thanksgiving shows, Bruce Harris’ Fats Navarro tribute, Bria Skonberg’s Love Songs from the Big Easy, the Anderson twins’ Dorsey Brothers revue, Harry Allen’s For George, Cole, and Duke, and Ken Peplowski’s Great American Songbook series. In this single-set performance, Asherie will lead his trio through a set of tunes written by Harlem’s most iconic pianists. This repertoire calls for virtuosity, sensitivity, and a keen sense of adventure, which Asherie has in spades.