Touch & Go Sextet
Live at the Novara Jazz Festival
In 2012 the Touch and Go Sextet was invited to perform at the Novara Jazz Festival in Novara Italy. The performances were recorded and are available on a limited edition c.d. on Nine Winds Records.
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Touch and Go Sextet, Live at the Novara Jazz Festival is made possible through the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and supported by the Heller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation and San Francisco Grants for the Arts.
- Aaron Bennett - tenor, baritone saxophone
- Sheldon Brown - alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone
- Ben Goldberg - clarinet
- Darren Johnston - trumpet
- Lisa Mezzacappa - bass
- Vijay Anderson - drums
Samples from Live at the Novara Jazz Festival
The Touch and Go Sextet was assembled in San Francisco to play/interpret the music of visiting musicians. In 2008 we played with New York City based saxophonist/composer Avram Fefer (who suggested we call it Touch and Go). In 2009 there was a show with composer/multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia. In 2010 we played with Austria based alto saxophonist, Marco Eneidi (I heartily recommend checking out the large body of work by each of these three luminaries).
Concurrently (2008-2010), I was attending Mills College studying composition with Roscoe Mitchell. Through Roscoe’s teaching and persistent encouragement I gained confidence in my compositional abilities. I began arranging this music with the idea of featuring the individual musical personalities of Ben Goldberg, Aaron Bennett, Sheldon Brown, Lisa Mezzacappa and Darren Johnston. I am truly grateful for the time, patience and artistry these incredible musicians gave to make this project a success. I would like to express my boundless gratitude to the Novara Jazz Festival. It was a joy and a privilege to be a part of this unforgettable affair. A big thank you to the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation for a generous travel grant, to everyone who donated $ during our online fundraiser, and to the San Francisco friends of Chamber Music for a grant to produce this CD. I hope you enjoy the music.