WWA is thrilled to be presenting this great group of 4, very talented musicians. Together they provide an acoustic journey where musician and listener alike can be transfixed by the juxtaposition of sound and silence, beat and tonal rhythm, the interplay of musicians who hear the resonance and play to the heart.
John Henry Goldman and StraightJazz Productions presents:
A Musical Journey into Space and Time
With John Henry Golman (trumpet)
Sim Cane (percussion)
Tom Tallitsch (reeds)
Wilbo Wright (upright bass)
The members of our group strive to make the music accessible to the listener. The program can be enjoyed by children who are musicians, and all adults. The group makes a connection to the audience, while entertaining, expressing humility and humanity, drawing in a wide range of participants.
What is special about our show is the ability to relate to the audience. We are performers, but the experience is a shared one, where there is a mutual give and take, we benefit as much from what we receive from the “audience” as we give in the form of our professionalism and capability as musicians. We are playing original music, music that is composed by the band members, and music that is improvised, by definition, spontaneously composed. It is our hope that those present can feel as if we are all on stage together, that the sound is surrounding us, that the breath through the horns, the vibration of the bass strings resonating from its body, the heartbeat and articulation of the drums, fills the room in an atmosphere of harmony.
There is the likelihood of short stories and prose/poetry to accompany some of the compositions. Spontaneous interaction with the audience is characteristic. Greeting and conversing with those attending prior to the concert is our pleasure.
An ideal show is simply one where friendship permeates, and the joy of music is sensed and appreciated by all, a feeling of mutual gratitude of having spent time together.
About the group:
John Henry Goldman has been a resident of West Windsor since 1977. He has contributed to this community through teaching music, coaching basketball, teaching Pilates and performing music. He is a veteran organizer and producer of concerts, most recently in 2023 a series of three in West Windsor at From Here @ the Junction which attracted an audience of over 70 people each time. Mr. Goldman has played with Wilbo Wright, and Tom Tallitsch in various configurations for many years. They come together as a group for the first time to perform original material and to record an album for distribution. This collaboration is founded in the art of listening and the creative impulses found in space and time. The space is created in large part by the absence of “chord” instruments such as the piano and guitar which produce a density of sound by playing many notes at the same time. The single note melodic lines of the bass and two horns allow for acute listening between the musicians, crisp counterpoint and harmony. The sophisticated rhythms and time signatures of the compositions open the door for innovative, bass-centric accompaniment that drives the music and opens the door for melodic development by the horns.
Bios for each musician:
Sim Cane – Bio coming soon
John Henry Goldman is simply a soulful horn player whose tone and melodic excursions exist solely for the pleasure of the listener. John Henry Goldman blew his first bugle call at age six and has expressed the deep soul of music through the chambers of his horn ever since. Jazz improvisation represents the highest form of creativity, spontaneity, and intelligence to him and he has made it a life-long practice to achieve competence, supported by some of the great teachers and musicians of the last hundred years of jazz. John Henry, as leader and sideman, has performed in countless concerts, venues and events, both public and private, throughout the tri-state area.
Tom Tallitsch is a composer of great range, a musician with ideas that attract attention. Wilbo Wright is a free-thinking lifer in the field of music, able to support with his disciplined bass sensibility multiple musical genres, and also to stretch the lines of the expected to the sublime. A Hopewell resident, Tom Tallitsch is a composer (with eleven albums to his name) and a multi-instrumentalist, playing the saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano, guitar, and drums. He regularly performs at jazz clubs and venues in New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and up and down the east coast. Tom is a highly respected music educator, teaching privately and currently at the Princeton Junior School and The Princeton Child Development Institute. In addition to having his compositions and arrangements played by professional vocalists and instrumentalists, Tom’s works have also been performed by individual dancers from the Martha Graham Dance Company.
Wilbo Wright is a genre-hopping bass player who grew up on a tree farm in West Windsor. His musical talents have taken him around the world, recording and touring with a stylistically wide variety of artists. He is a DJ at WPRB where he has been curating “The Clothesline,” a weekly freeform radio program, since 1988. He recently returned from LA, where his original band Ui performed at the 20th anniversary of their current record label, Numero Group.
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