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Jazz between the years: Fuasi / Marcelli / Moore / Sammons Quartet – Featuring the music of Horace Silver
Fuasi Abdul-Khaliq (sax), Reggie Moore (p), Charles Sammons (b), Andrea Marcelli (dr)
…Hard Bop, Latin and Soul Jazz.
FUASI ABDUL- KHALIQ – saxophones.
He received a B.A degree in Sociology and Music at Whitman College, in Walla Walla, Washington. Fuasi has begun performing professionally since 1972 after graduating from college while during his post graduate studies with the late great African-American pianist, Horace Tapscott and the institution named, “UGMAA” (Union of God’s Musicians and Artist Ascension) in Los Angeles, California. This led to a lifetime relationship with Tapscott’s Pan-African People’s Arkestra (“PAPA”), during which time he served as assistant conductor, arranger, composer, copyist and player of saxophone, clarinet and flute.
He has performed from coast to coast in the U.S. and in 1992 he came to Berlin where he became well known in the city’s music scene. During the last 25 years abroad in Germany he as toured throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and Central America. He has led his own ensembles as well as sharing the stage with such greats as Walter Bishop Jr., Jimmy Garrison, Sam Rivers, Ed Blackwell, Arthur Blythe, Benny Golson, Omar Sosa, Winard Harper to name a few.
Based in Berlin, pianist-composer-arranger Reggie Moore grew up in New York City, the son of Billy Moore, musician and arranger for the Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra. He has toured Japan, the United States and Europe, recorded a number of albums for and worked with such renowned jazz greats as Anita O’Day, Johnny Hartmann, Betty Carter, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Gary Bartz, Woody Shaw, Benny Golson and Kenny Burrell – to name just a few. Jazz critic Nat Hentoff described Reggie as having a “strongly propulsive beat, crispness of articulation, and emotional directness”.
Following in the footsteps of Dizzie Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington, Reggie had the honor of being an official Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department, along with vocalist Joe Lee Wilson. Together, they performed in Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt and Cyprus, thereby aiding in bringing this unique American cultural tradition to countries around the world.
His unique art, which he himself calls “Communicable Music” and his dedicated teaching at the Jazz Institute Berlin/Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik, have been impacting the German jazz scene and students in Germany for the last 20 years. HAS PERFORMED WITH Buddy de Franco, Woody Shaw, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Benny Golson, Kenny Burrell, Cab Calloway, Mercer Ellington, Anita O’Day, Betty Carter, Nancy Wilson, Alvin Queen, Scott Hamilton.
Drummer/Composer Andrea Marcelli was born in Rome and resides in Berlin since 2001. He lived in Los Angeles from ’89 to ’97 and then in New York until 2001. He has successfully performed extensively on 5 continents, has two releases as a leader on Verve/PolyGram and played with musicians such as Wayne Shorter, David Liebman, Bob Mintzer, Allan Holdsworth, Markus Stockhausen, Harold Land, Eddie Gomez, Mike Stern, Don Menza, Eberhard Weber, Palle Danielsson, Mitchel Forman, Frank Gambale, Bob Sheppard, Alan Pasqua, Alphonso Johnson and many others. About 200 of his compositions have been recorded and two of them are included in „The European Real Book“ and „The Digital Real Book part two“.
– Wayne Shorter wrote: „Andrea Marcelli’s music is vibrant and thought-provoking as today’s events. Andrea is such a chameleon. When I first heard his music, it struck me that he played drums, clarinet, percussion, keyboards and composed in a variety of styles that defied classification, moreover, his display of sensitivity and creative approach to the work produced.“
CHARLES SAMMONS bassist – resides in Berlin where he contributes his unique voice to this hotbed of creativity.
Sammons initiated study composition and performance at University of North Carolina School of the Arts at age 14. His informal study continued in the clubs and basements of Washington DC, New York, and Seattle. Cutting his teeth in the blues and funk scene of North Carolina, he quickly became an influence on the scene, touring with blues, rock, reggae, and jazz ensembles throughout the states. Charles hails from Charlottesville, Virginia and Washington DC. He has made Berlin, Germany his home for the better part of a decade.
Whether appearing with one of his Jazz-Fusion-Electronica projects, VSS and Browden-Sholar-Sammons, his contribution is energetic and electrifying.