3 NIGHTS OF BROCKOWITZ
-Zach Brock and Phil Markowitz-
9/25 – Easton Piano Loft @ The Lafayette Inn, Easton PA
10/6 – Smalls, New York City (with Jay Anderson & Anthony Pinciotti)
10/9 – The Deer Head Inn, Delaware Water Gap, PA
Brockowitz, made up of respected violinist Zach Brock (“[he] marries the bold with the mannered, bringing a stinging brilliance to the fore during the fiery material and dialing it back a few notches in mellower environs.”- All About Jazz) and revered pianist Phil Markowitz (“… a sophisticated composer who thinks up puzzles and solves them.” -Jazz Times ), will be performing throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania and New York City this fall. The duo, which has been referred to as “impeccable” by Downbeat Magazine, will kick things off on Sunday, September 25 in Easton, PA at the Easton Piano Loft @ The Lafayette Inn at 5pm. Tickets and information are available by calling (610) 253-4500 or by visiting jameslucemusic.com.
On Thursday, October 6, Brockowitz will team up with bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Anthony Pinciotti at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City at 7:30 PM. The duo will then return to Pennsylvania to perform on Sunday, October 9 at the legendary Deer Head Inn at 5pm. Reservations for the Deer Head can be made by calling (570) 424-2000.
Zach Brock and Phil Markowitz have created new repertoire for violin and piano that draws on the traditions of jazz, contemporary classical, and the “roots” music of their respective backgrounds. The first iteration of this new direction appeared on the 2014 release “Perpetuity” and they have been expanding their duo repertoire ever since. While an affinity for American jazz is frontandcenter, Brock’s Appalachian roots and Markowitz’s Eastern European ancestry have sown deep threads that run through the new compositions. The audience will hear an unorthodox combination of post Romantic, serialist, and jazz dialects fused with rhythms from West Africa, South America, and the Balkans.
Heralded as “the preeminent improvising violinist of his generation,” Zach Brock is an award-winning jazz violinist and composer whose music draws on the traditions of jazz, classical, world, and popular music. Downbeat Magazine named Zach it’s “Rising Star” Violinist of 2013 and awarded his 2015 release “Serendipity” with fourandahalf stars. The Chicago Tribune recognized Zach’s recording ”Perpetuity” as one of it’s “top ten jazz recordings of 2014.”
Phil Markowitz, a celebrated veteran of the international jazz scene for more than thirty years, creates music ranging from hard cutting chromaticism to the most lyrical postromantic ballads. His credentials span the traditional to the avant garde; from early associations with Chet Baker and Toots Thielemans through his respective twenty and fifteen-year affiliations with Bob Mintzer and David Liebman. He is currently a professor in the graduate and doctoral divisions at the Manhattan School of Music.