Russ Gershon Trio with special guest Josh Roseman
Russ Gershon is a saxophonist, composer, arranger, educator and record company founder. He has been based in the Boston area since the late 1970’s.
His work with the Either/Orchestra, the ten piece jazz/Latin/Ethiopian band he founded in 1986 has earned him a Grammy nomination, endless critical accolades, and performances around the world. The E/O has released ten albums and a DVD, with two new records slated for release in the near future.
Gershon and the E/O have collaborated with the greats of Ethiopian music, including Mahmoud Ahmed, Teshome Mitiku, and Mulatu Astatke, who recorded Russ’ composition “Azmari” with his own band. The E/O’s 2004 concert in Addis Ababa was released as a double CD on the Ethiopiques from France, the only album by a non-Ethiopian group included in this prestigious series.
As well as playing regularly with his trio, Gershon also music directs, plays and sings in Lookie Lookie, an eight piece band devoted to the revival of 1960’s Latin Bugalu music. He does regular work as a studio player and arranger for rock, pop, commercial and jazz recordings. In recent years he has been a leader, arranger or player in projects devoted to David Bowie’s “Blackstar,” Steely Dan, Frank Zappa, Marvin Gaye and Rickie Lee Jones. He has performed with Cab Calloway, the Four Tops, Medeski Martin & Wood, the Boston Pops and others.
As founder of Accurate Records, Gershon has helped bring over 100 albums to the marketplace, for artists as diverse as Medeski Martin & Wood, Morphine, the Alloy Orchestra and the Ghost Train Orchestra. Accurate released Josh Roseman’s “New Constellations” in the US market.
Josh Roseman is a New York based jazz trombonist whose presence has been felt in the downtown scene of improvisers from the 1990s onward.
Born June 5, 1967 in Boston, MA, he picked up the trombone because it was the most prevalent instrument in his household. His father, uncle, and cousins were all musicians. Classical influences informed his playing, but he was also enjoying Motown artists Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, Sly & the Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, early ska music (as his mother was from Jamaica) and the Beatles. Moving to higher education, Roseman stayed close to home, studying at both the Berklee and New England Conservatories. One of his last professional associations before leaving Boston was as a founding member of Gershon’s Either/Orchestra, so this show is a reunion as well as a new venture.
Arriving in New York City where he was a participant in the early Knitting Factory heyday of the early ’90s, Roseman was acclimated quickly as a co-founder of the acid-jazz dance band the Groove Collective and the less appreciated Giant Step. His most important mentorship was with the late trumpeter Lester Bowie, under whom he honed a refined style and sense of humor.
A quintessential sideman, Roseman has played with Dave Holland, Don Byron, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, Jason Moran, the Skatelites, the Roots, John Zorn, edeski Martin & Wood, Me’Shell NdegeOcello, and the late Lester Bowie, as well as leading his own bands. His album “New Constellations” was released in the US by Russ’s Accurate Records. Roseman is busy aside from staged music, as a trombone instructor and improvisation coach for the New School For Social Research at N.Y.U., the Harlem School for the Arts, and the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada.