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Saxophonist Joel Press is a versatile musician who has performed with such diverse players as pianist Jaki Byard, bassist Jimmy Garrison of the John Coltrane Quartet, vocalist Sheila Jordan and Duke Ellington's ubiquitous cornetist/ violinist/ vocalist Ray Nance.

In an age of retro preoccupation by younger players, Joel Press speaks the language of swing based, post-World War II jazz in as singular a fashion as any living saxophonist. He has been listening to this music all of his life, and playing it for more than half a century.

 

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Upcoming performances:

Sunday, July 26th 
9:30 PM to 12:00 AM
MEZZROW | for reservations: 646-476-4346
163 West 10th street, basement
Greenwich Village, NYC
JOEL PRESS - Saxophone, MICHAEL KANAN - Piano, NEAL MINER - Bass

African Tour: July 1-7, 2015

JOEL PRESS WITH JAMES CHIRILLO (GUITAR) AND CHRIS FLORY (GUITAR)

We've been invited by the American Embassy in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to celebrate JAZZ, THE AMERICAN INDEPENDENT MUSIC with concerts at the American, Spanish and French Embassies.



Interview by Jon Kalish of NPR (.mp3)
Jazz Lives Article: Joel Press, Swing Explorer (March 14, 2009)

Jazz Lives: Poetic: Michael Kanan, Joel Press, Sean Smth, Joe Hunt (Smalls, May 13, 2011)

Profile in New York Jazz Record December 2013 (.pdf)



 

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