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Due for release on April 15, “People and Places” features the Sam Javitch Quartet with special guest saxophonist Rich Perry. This album represents the enormous gratitude Javitch has for the many people and places that have shaped him into the musician and person he is today. Javitch will celebrate the release of “People and Places” at Joe’s Pub, NYC on April 15.

A consummate piano prodigy, Javitch first came to the instrument at age 3 after discovering that he had perfect pitch. A natural improviser, Javitch was drawn to jazz at an early age and has established himself as a unique and distinctive voice on the contemporary jazz scene. This is evidenced by his phenomenal debut solo piano effort “Train to Nowhere” (2014), by his many performances at renowned locales such as Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Joe’s Pub, Rockwood Music Hall, 55 Bar, the Jazz Room at William Paterson University,  and now, by the release of “People and Places.”

Featuring Adrian Moring on bass, Matt Niedbaski on drums, and the renowned Rich Perry, known for his association with Maria Schneider and George Mraz,  on tenor saxophone, “People and Places” represents the enormous gratitude Javitch has for the many people and places that have shaped him into the musician and person he is today. The CD serves as the perfect outlet for the Manhattan School of Music graduate, who has studied with Mulgrew Miller, James Weidman, Harold Mabern, and Cecil Bridgewater, to express his sincere appreciation.

“I learned how much effort and perseverance it takes to turn a musical idea into a reality. There isn’t some button you can push or a lever to pull, but when it’s done, it is one of the most gratifying feelings in the world,” says Javitch.

“People and Places,” featuring seven original compositions, opens with “The Pitch To Rich”. Upon hearing Rich Perry play, Javitch envisioned the tenor saxophonist playing his compositions. When Perry agreed to appear on the album, the title to this song was born! Another stand-out track is “Honin Myo”; an ode to Javitch’s dear friend and practicing Buddhist, Sasha Ono. “Honin Myo” is a phrase that means “from this moment on”. This song speaks to the hope of starting anew each day no matter what adversity one may have faced before. “Parallel Modalites for Parallel Realities” speaks to all the choices we make in life that can lead to completely different paths. People and Places also includes “Lifted: a Song for Grew and Those Who Knew”, a tribute to his late mentor Mulgrew Miller, the great jazz pianist.

Javitch is truly honored to bring each of these tracks to life with Moring, Niedbaski and Perry.  Each of these talented individuals, together in quartet form, truly brought their hearts, souls, and fire into every song on this album. He also expresses utmost appreciation to Cotton Coulson, the late award-winning National Geographic photographer responsible for the album cover. Javitch met Coulson on a trip to the Arctic, where the photograph which graces this album’s cover was captured. For Javitch, this significant image truly captures the intent of this album: “people and the journey we are all on together.”

Sam Javitch says: “I humbly invite you to take this journey with us into my world. If you’re ready, let’s go.”

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