Jeff Siegel

Jeff Siegel

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This is a high energy, spiritual, straight-ahead post-bop group featuring four virtuoso musicians - each with a personal sound and identity. The band plays original, exciting music and connects deeply with the audience.

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Biography

During the past 5 years, The Jeff "Siege" Siegel Quartet has been making a name for itself touring Europe 3 times while performing at jazz festivals, live radio concerts, concerts and club venues. The group was the winner of the "Honorable Mention" award in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition. The song "Rag Tag" by Jeff Siegel was chosen as a finalist in the "Performance" category. The live recording of "Rag Tag" was from a Radio Concert for Radio Bremen in March, 2005.

For further information, please also visit www.jeffsiegeljazz.com
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JEFF "SIEGE" SIEGEL - drums, percussion, composition
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Drummer/Composer Jeff “Siege” Siegel is a veteran of
the New York Jazz Scene and has worked with a virtual“who’s who” of artists. A member of the Sir Roland Hanna Trio from 1994-‘99, Siegel’s diverse career has also led him to perform and/or record with legends such as Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Shiela Jordan, Helen Merrill, Mose Allison and many more. He has also performed and/or recorded with the younger generation of musicians such as Dave Douglas, Stefon Harris, Kurt Elling, Ravi Coltrane, Ryan Kisor, Arturo O'Farrill, Steve Turre, Arthur Rhames and John Esposito. He has worked in the avant garde world as well with Wadada Leo Smith, Baikida Carroll and others. He is co-leader of the Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson Trio, The New York Trio Project and The Jeff Marx/Jeff "Siege" Siegel Duo. Siegel has been described in Jazz World Magazine as a “brilliant drummer”, while lauded in Modern Drummer for his “forward energy and abundantly attractive ideas”. “His playing is always tasteful whether it be in forceful, intense situations or in quiet, supporting roles. His writing is intriguing” notes the Green Mountain Jazz Messenger. An active educator, Siegel teaches Jazz drumming at The New School in New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz as well as at Western Connecticut State University. He has performed clinics throughout Europe and the United States. He holds a Masters Degree in Jazz from Queens College where he studied composition with Jimmy Heath and has subsequently been the recipient of several grants from Meet the Composer. He is an endorser for Vic Firth Drumsticks. His new CD “Live in Europe” featuring his quartet can be heard on the ARC record label.

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ERICA LINDSAY - Tenor Saxophone
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Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute, and Composer - Erica Lindsay was born in San Francisco, California. At the age of five her family moved to Europe where her parents were educators for the American School system.

She began playing piano, clarinet, and then, saxophone in high school along with her private studies with pianist Mal Waldron.

After studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston she returned to Europe to begin working professionally as a composer, arranger and soloist.

In 1980, Lindsay moved to New York and eventually settled in the Woodstock area. Since that time she has performed and toured with leaders such as Melba Liston, Clifford Jordan, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, Baikida Carroll, Howard Johnson, George Gruntz, Sumi Tonooka, Pheeraon akLaff and Oliver Lake.

She has been active composing for theater, television, dance, as well as performing with poets and performance artists Carl Hancock-Rux, Janice King, Janine Vega, Mikhail Horowitz and Nancy Ostrovsky.

She is featured in Burrill Crohn's film documentary, Women in Jazz and in Sally Placksin's book, American Women in Jazz.

Her quintet can be heard on the Candid Records (CCD 79040) release, Erica Lindsay - Dreamer. The Penguin Book of Jazz Recordings has called Dreamer, "Tremendously impressive," and "a record that shouldn't be missed."

She most recently can be heard on Baikida Carroll's highly acclaimed new release, Marionettes on a High Wire; and, the soon to be released Oliver Lake Big Band recording.

Erica Lindsay is also presently on the music faculty at Bard College, Annandale-on-the-Hudson.

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FRANCESCA TANKSLEY - Piano

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Francesca Tanksley surprises. The internationally-acclaimed jazz pianist and composer, described as a “vivid presence” by Nat Hentoff, breaks through traditional expectations with the power of her musical vision. As Peter Watrous of the The New York Times said in a a review of one of her recent performances, “Ms. Tanksley reworked the vocabulary of McCoy Tyner as if she had taken one small aspect of his style and developed it into a full language. She gave the music color, her harmonies and chording adding surprise to the performance.” Acknowledged as a fine so

Lyrics

Peaceful

Written By: Jeff Siegel

Will we ever see, the peace that's meant to be?
Struggle all around, peace is still not found.
What will set us free, lift humanity?
So much pain to feel, hate seems so unreal.
Peaceful light abounds, life's beauty's all around.
From love we cannot hide - our hearts.
Live as one, find the way...
Help from up above, thoughts we change to love.
Rights for all mankind through light which is divine.
To fate we cannot leave, this world's destiny.
Work for what is right, darkness change to light.
Individually, seek commonality,
Unite the world with prayer, enough for all to share.
Peaceful light abounds, life's beauty's all around.
From love we cannot hide - our hearts.
Live as one, find the way...
Times demand we change, for difficulties reign.
Stand for what's most dear, the love we seek is here.

Discography

"Magical Spaces" - CAP Records
"Live in Europe - ARC Records

Set List

Set 1

Elvin's Circle - Lindsay
Peaceful - Siegel
Dance in the Question - Tanksley
M Song - Siegel
Threads - Siegel

Set 2
Africa - Siegel
Rag Tag - Siegel
Stealth - Siegel
Remembering Shirley - Siegel
Magical Spaces - Siegel

Sets are typically 70 minutes long. We generally play
two sets.