Bop Shop Events
HARVEY SORGEN & OMAR TAMEZ
Regular attendees of the old Bop Shop atrium shows will know drummer Harvey Sorgen as the fire that stoked the engine of the Fonda/Stevens group the three times they played here. One of the longest running bands in jazz (20 years and counting) Sorgen was the first and only choice by its leaders bassist Joe Fonda and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens as the drummer for this band. But check out the other people he has worked with: Ahmad Jamal, Dave Douglas, Dewey Redman, Anthony Braxton and many others. Equally extensive is his work in rock where he’s drummed for Hot Tuna, Bob Weir, Allman Brothers Band among others. He has his own instruction drumming DVD (Drumming Made Easy, available from Hal Leonard Publishing) and appears in Jack DeJohnette’s Musical Expression On The Drum Set and is on Jorma Kaukonen’s DVD The Electric Guitar Of Jorma Kaukonen. Sorgen is an incredibly resourceful and well-rounded musician who’s much appreciated by his peers.
Mexican-born guitarist Omar Tamez is an unknown quantity to us. But looking at his CV, he’s had an impressive array of experiences and played with an wide range of musicians. He’s given concerts around the world including Europe, Asia and South America. He’s worked on the classical side of the musical fence, attending IRCAM in Paris, studying with composer Nicandro Tamez and he recently produced a CD of music by contemporary Mexican composers. On the jazz side of things he’s played with musicians including AndrewCyrille, Reggie Workman, Sonny Fortune, Rashied Ali, Wadada Leo Smith a/o. Additionally, he’s worked with our Buffalo compatriots Steve Baczkowski and John Bacon. Tamez is clearly a musician with a wealth of experiences making music.
Sorgen and Tamez have been playing as a duo for some time now. They recently toured Mexico and performed at the Jazz Festival in Queretaro. They are bringing their unique music to the Bop Shop for an in-store concert on Monday, November 26 at 8:00.
Check out Omar Tamez performing Monk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H3Cs0o9Utc
And check out Harvey Sorgen at his website: http://www.harveysorgen.com/
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