Paul Meyers, Bruce Barth
Paul Meyers has gained a reputation for being one of the top jazz guitarists of our time. Using the classical guitar, he has combined a deep understanding of the jazz tradition with strong influences of Brazilian and classical music to create a truly unique sound and concept. Paul has performed and recorded with an ever growing list af jazz greats - Geri Allen, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Eliane Elias, Eddie Gomez, Annie Ross and Wynton Marsalis, to name a few. He's also toured for years with two of the greatest jazz singers ever - Jon Hendricks (to France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands) since 1993, and Andy Bey (to Brazil, England, Spain, Portugal, Macedonia, Greece )from 1997 to 2008. He also performed in Argentina while touring with legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton. Mr. Burton also recorded Paul's tune Panama on his "Reunion" CD with Pat Metheny.
He has a number of critically acclaimed CDs - two new releases are Paul Meyers Quartet featuring Frank Wess, a relaxed & swinging date with the tanor/flute legend, and World on a String, his quintet with rising stars Donny McCaslin and Helio Alves, featuring Paul's original compositions and arrangements. These follow two solo guitar CDs, Blues for the Millennium, with highly original arrangements of jazz and Brazilian tunes, four original pieces and his transcriptions of 7 of Bela Bartok's "Mikrokosmos", and Dusk to Dawn, a collection of original arrangements of Ellington, Gershwin, Lennon/McCartney, Scott Joplin and more. Others include Euforia, an envelope pushing Latin Jazz trio with great Panamanian bassist/composer Santi Debriano and Brazilian drummer Vanderlei Pereira. Paul and Santi also reunited for a duo CD, Spirit and Samba on the same label (Mapleshade). Earlier recordings include the unigue cello, bass and guitar group Trio Concertant, first runner-up for best chamber music CD of 1992, and a jazz trio album, Blues for Henry Miller.
As a sideman, Paul has contributed to many CDs, notably three with Andy Bey, the Grammy nominated American Song (Savoy), Tuedays in Chinatown (Ncoded) and Shades of Bey (Evidence). Others include Hearts and Minds with Susannah McCorkle (Concord) - 4 on 6 x 5 with the New York Jazz Guitar Ensemble (Choice) - and three Latin/Brazilian jazz recordings featuring all original music - Obeah with Santi Debriano (Freelance), Utatuba with Kimson Plaut and Lucky (Origin) with Hans Teuber. He has performed in New York and Tokyo with the great Tango-jazz pianist and composer Pablo Zeigler (Astor Piazzola's pianist) and is featured along with Stephon Harris on the live CD Tango meets Jazz. For more information on Paul visit www.paulmeyers.info.
Bruce Barth is widely considered to be one of finest jazz pianists and composers of his generation. New York City’s Village Voice calls him “one of the best pianists in town, period.” His is a modern and original voice, with great expressive depth and compelling rhythm. His music is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, and encompasses the wide scope of his life and musical experiences, from recollections of the old West to forays into the blues and Latin music.
Barth has appeared in major jazz festivals, clubs, and concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, with his trio, as a solo pianist; alongside several of jazz’s greatest elders, and with some of the most dynamic voices of his own generation. He has played on more than ninety CD’s, including nine as a leader. His most recent trio release is Live At the Village Vanguard on MAXJAZZ, and his first DVD, Live in Spain, will be released this year on the new Spanish label, Quadrant. For more information on Bruce visit www.brucebarth.com.