John Vanore and Abstract Truth – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Upstairs – Philadelphia, PA – May 8th, 2015

John Vanore and Abstract Truth

John Vanore and Abstract Truth

Fri · May 8, 2015

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs

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John Vanore and Abstract Truth
John Vanore and Abstract Truth
A Woody Herman alumnus, John has a strong place in his heart for the power and energy that is part of being a big band, while his passion for improvising draws him to the intimacy and interplay of the small group.
As a student of Dennis Sandole, composition and the development of a personal soloist identity were and remain the driving force in Vanore’s writing and playing. “Curosity” is more than an album title”, Vanore says. “It is my credo!” With that focus it was decided to write for and create a “new” group, based on the concept of the intimacy of a small group with the fire power of a big band, and call this special group, Abstract Truth.

While attending a summer program, directed by Oliver Nelson, John experienced the pivotal moment of his career—making the decision to pursue music. Nelson’s unique identity was inspirational. Then, studies with Dennis Sandole forged and intensified the same type of identity thinking.

After college, John joined the legendary Woody Herman band. Upon returning to the Philadelphia region he became a mainstay in the trumpet sections for performers visiting Philadelphia–Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Michel LeGrand, Louis Bellson, and others. During this time he became Director of Music at Widener University. He has also recorded and produced for EMI, Wyndham Hill, Miramax and has received a Gold Record for his work with Atlantic Records.

The fourth recording by Philadelphia based John Vanore & Abstract Truth further defines the singular voice of this large ensemble—a leader in the movement in jazz that is redefining the big band. CULTURE presents this uniquely instrumented ensemble’s original point of view where the soloist is prominent, if not dominant. The ensemble draws on the traditions of the big band, but neither limited by nor imitating it. The instrumentation alone creates a palette of color shared by none! Essentially structured as a jazz small group plus 4 trumpets, 2 trombones, and French horn-- it’s 2 saxophone soloists provide additional color doubling on flutes and bass clarinet. Orchestration takes on a character that goes from intimate groupings to the full explosive power that the brass section brings to a big band. The ensemble’s personnel boast rich and diverse experiences including performing with Phil Woods, Buddy Rich, Slide Hampton, Randy Brecker, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Pat Martino and many others. Contagious Words (2011), the band’s third release, has received critical acclaim and has charted in the Top 100 for Jazz Radio. Blue Route and Curiosity have been re-issued to reviews giving testimony to the timeless nature of the music. Blue Route was the first release (1990). CD Review Magazine’s editor, Dick Lewis named it an Editors’ Choice, Best of the Year and described it as “A widely and wildly varied collection of traditional big band elements blended with contemporary and visionary sounds.” With considerable national radio play the word spread. Blue Route and subsequently, Curiosity, a little more than a year later, were recognized in the Downbeat Readers Poll as Album of the Year worthy. The band itself and Mr Vanore as a composer also received placement in multiple years.
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104