Dennis Mitcheltree Quartet/Trio

Dennis Mitcheltree Quartet/Trio

BandJazz

Original acoustic jazz, interesting compositions, great improvisation and above all a sense of integration - a level of shared musical empathy among the musicians - all done with great sincerity, energy and a sly sense of humor.

Biography

Described as a “master storyteller with the tenor sax” (Jared Donze, Iowa City Icon) and as “soulful, swinging, and street smart” (Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide), Milwaukee native Dennis Mitcheltree, tenor saxophone, has spent the last couple of decades shaping the sound of New York City’s Brooklyn jazz scene: "Mitcheltree's quartet is definitely hard‐core NYC: tough sounding, aggressive, and complex.” (Dave McElfresh, Jazz Now)

A former student of Joe Lovano, Billy Pierce, George Garzone and Ralph Lalama, Mitcheltree works primarily with his own trio and quartet, with whom he has recorded four CDs of original compositions. He has performed in clubs, concert halls and at jazz festivals throughout North America and Europe, including numerous performances at Carnegie Hall, and has been featured on televised jazz specials and live radio performance and interview programs worldwide. Some of Mitcheltree’s collaborations have included jazz greats Bob Moses, Jim McNeely, Howard Johnson, Gary Bartz, George Cables, Odean Pope, Kenny Werner, Ingrid Jensen, James Williams, Don Sickler, Charli Persip, Pete Yellin, Uri Caine and Ronnie Mathews.

Mitcheltree is the Artistic Director of the American Music Group, widely known for it’s INFLUENCES series presenting original arrangements of compositions by jazz masters including Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Thelonious Monk, Tadd Dameron, Bud Powell, John Coltrane and Miles Davis. He has been a panelist for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Jazz Fellowship program and the Brooklyn Arts Council Regrant Program. He has twice been a recipient of the Eubie Blake Award, a 2004 & 2008 Meet The Composer award winner (for Tenor Of The Times), a New York State Council on the Arts grant recipient and the alternate finalist for the 1996 Evansville International Jazz Saxophone Competition.

Lyrics

Go Cheney Yourself!

Written By: Dennis Mitcheltree

The man, the myth, the cat so full of pith...
GO CHENEY YOURSELF!
This legend of Halliburton, says to Leahy on the Senate floor...
GO CHENEY YOURSELF!

Saddam-Osama, he is in our way, what's that you say?
Can't keep them straight, they're the same at any rate...

That's how he sees it, and so will you...
WMD all around, inspectors know boo, you WILL believe what we tell you...

Joe Wilson & Val, Yo, why you got to talk so loud?
She's a spook Scooter, leak it, c'mon boy, make me proud!

If you will, and I do, evil is in it's last throes...
We'll hunt 'em, we'll beat 'em, we'll hang 'em by their fingers & toes...

Better be smart, better be cool, stay in my good grace...
If not, you be careful, I just may have to shoot you in the face!

The man, the myth, the cat so full of pith...
GO CHENEY YOURSELF!
This legend of Halliburton, says to Leahy on the Senate floor...
GO CHENEY YOURSELF!

Discography

Samples can be found at:
http://www.dennismitcheltree.com/discographie/index.html

as a leader:
Dennis Mitchel3 - Tenor of the Times
(dennismitcheltree.com DVD041028) 2006

Dennis Mitcheltree - Union
(dennismitcheltree.com DCD990608) 2004

Mitcheltree/Wallmann Duo - Cityscapes
(MooseWorks MWP1003) 2001

Dennis Mitcheltree - Transformation
(Altenburgh70025) 1998

Dennis Mitcheltree - Brooklyn
(Dengor Music DCD1013)1996

as a sideman:
Donna Accorso Easy To Love (Saucey Records 91402) 2005
Mark Peterson The Blue Room (Meppco Music) 1999
Karen Novy Living True (Cardinal Records CRD51388) 1997

Set List

From a more "artistic" set of original compositions with lots of improvisation to a tasteful set of sophisticated jazz standards.