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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:

SATURDAY AFTERNOONS WITH THE JOEL PRESS QUARTET..... 4:30-7pm

SMALLS JAZZ CLUB 183 WEST 10th Street in GREENWICH VILLAGE
Saturday, August 30th 4:30 - 7:00 pm

Joel Press - saxophones

Michael Kanan - piano

Bill Crow - bass

Steve Little - drums

 


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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