The acclaimed Folklore Urbano Quintet will be joined by our friends and collaborators with the Folklore Urbano Orchestra for many years, renowned Jonathan Powell, trumpet, and Antonio Luis Orta, tenor saxophone. Will be a memorable night in the intimate art gallery space in the Old Bank Building at Arts Westchester.
Pablo Mayor, Dave Hertzberg, Franco Pinna, Nestor Gómez,
with Jonathan Powell, trumpet, Frank Basile, Bari sax, and Antonio Luis Orta, tenor sax
“And the young trumpeter Jonathan Powell is brilliant. At times listening to Powell makes one think of a young Freddie Hubbard tempered with Lester Bowie’s flair for unpredictable phrasing and melodrama.” Duck Baker, Jazz Times
“Powell’s crackling range and the electricity of his imagination reminded me of the first time I heard Lee Morgan and Clifford Brown. His voice is his own …” Nat Hentoff, Jazz Times
Jonathan Powell leads his own group, as well as performs with a wide variety of artists, including Eddie Palmieri and his Latin Jazz Septet and Salsa Orchestra, Arturo O’ Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Miguel Zenon, Gregorio Uribe, Pedro Giraudo, Ricky Martin and JT Taylor of Kool and the Gang.
Antonio Luis Orta
SFC Antonio Orta has been a freelance saxophonist in San Juan (Puerto Rico), Dallas, Miami, and Washignton, D.C. Has performed with Jimmy Heath, Poncho Sanchez, Ignacio Berroa, David Liebman, Bob Mintzer, Paquito d’Rivera, Michele Camilo, Giovanni Hidalgo, Joe Lovano and Kurt Elling. As lead alto player of The U.S. Army Blues he has accompanied many well-known jazz artists such as Ernie Andrews, Greg Bissonette, Randy Brecker, Bobby Caldwell, Bob Curnow, John Clayton, Freddie Cole, Buddy DeFranco, Vince DiMartino, John Fedchock, Wycliffe Gordon, Danny Gottlieb, Tim Hagans, Slide Hampton, Conrad Herwig, Clay Jenkins, Kevin Mahogany, Louise Mandrell, Maureen McGovern, Paul McKee, Joe Morello, Tiger Okoshi, Ed Palermo, Ralph Petersen, Chris Potter, Adam Rapa, Chuck Redd, John Riley, Marlena Shaw, Ed Soph, Terrell Stafford, John Swana, Mark Taylor, Chris Vadala, Bill Watrous, Scott Whitfield, Patrick Williams, Peter Erskine, and Phil Wilson.
Frank Basile, bari sax
Since moving to New York in 2001, Frank Basile has established himself as one of today’s most in-demand baritone saxophonists.
Dubbed a “prized sideman” by The New Yorker, Basile has been called upon to perform with, record with, and tour the world with many of jazz’s finest musicians and ensembles. Among this illustrious list are The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, The Jimmy Heath Big Band, The Bob Mintzer Big Band, The Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, The Joe Lovano Nonet, The Dave Holland Big Band, Dennis Mackrel’s Manhattan Symphony Jazz Orchestra, The Christian McBride Big Band, The Count Basie Orchestra, Michael Bublé, The Richie Vitale Quintet, The Fabien Mary Quintet, and The Osian Roberts-Steve Fishwick Sextet.
Born in Illinois in 1978 and raised in Nebraska, Frank Basile began his musical studies in grade school. After four years on clarinet and alto saxophone, he made a permanent switch to the baritone saxophone. Once in high school, Basile’s interest in jazz began to grow and, with the help and encouragement of his parents, he sought out further instruction on the ins and outs of this great music. Basile was soon playing in numerous big bands and combos throughout the Omaha area.
Basile enrolled at the University of North Texas to continue his musical studies. While at UNT, Basile played in the world-renowned One O’clock Lab Band for six consecutive semesters. After graduating with honors and a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from UNT, Basile moved to New York in the summer of 2001 as a selected member of the first Jazz Studies program at the Juilliard School.
In addition to his activities as a sideman, Basile also takes an active role as leader of his own quartet, quintet and sextet. To date, Basile has released three recordings as a leader, and his band has headlined at many of New York’s major jazz clubs.