Native Soul

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Native Soul

Thu, June 26, 2014

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

Birdland NYC

New York, NY


Off Sale

There is a $10.00 food or drink minimum per person. Dinner is served between 5pm-1am.

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Native Soul
Native Soul
Native Soul
Peter Brainin (saxophone)
Noah Haidu (piano)
Marcus McLaurine (bass)
Steve Johns (drums)
The collective quartet known as Native Soul has earned a reputation for inspired performances among audiences and fellow musicians alike. In 2011 their second CD “Soul Step” was released, and quickly rose to #18 on the national Jazz Week radio charts, holding and staying close to that position for many months. Native Soul’s latest recording “One Mind” is surging up the charts: already at #26 in its third week. One Mind showcases the depth and versatility of this New York-based cooperative: exciting up-tempos, deep grooves, modern compositions, and reinvented pop tunes. All elevated by the telepathic interaction for which they are known.
Native Soul is comprised of 4 uniquely gifted instrumentalist/composers. Originally from the Bronx, saxophonist Peter Brainin moved to Boston after high school to study music at New England Conservatory. He met drummer Steve Johns, and the two forged a friendship that continued when they both moved back to New York and began performing and recording together between various high-profile gigs. Marcus McLaurine was already one of the most sought after bass players on the scene when he met and played with 19-year-old pianist, Noah Haidu, at a gig in Brooklyn. Haidu was in college at the time, but the two kept in touch and played together whenever possible. After Noah moved to New York and established himself as an important new pianist on the scene, they decided to form a working group: McLaurine suggested they seek out Steve Johns and Peter Brainin and Native Soul was born. The bands initial appearances hosting a jam session in Brooklyn led to their first recording, ROUGH JAZZ (Apria Records, 2006). A true musical collaboration, Native Soul brings together the experience and talent of these four artists. Bass virtuoso Marcus McLaurine became a driving force in Clark Terry’s quintet shortly after moving to New York and has played with Terry’s quintet and big band ever since. He has also shared the stage with Lou Donaldson, Hank Jones, Abbey Lincoln, the Count Basie Orchestra, and Kenny Burrell. The exciting young pianist Noah Haidu is a rising star on the New York jazz scene and an accomplished composer. His credits include gigs and recordings with Jeremy Pelt, Mike Stern, Duane Eubanks, Jon Irabagon, and Winard Harper. The brilliant saxophonist Peter Brainin is prolic in the jazz and Afro-Cuban jazz worlds: he has performed with Mongo Santamaria, Hilton Ruiz, Joey Calderazzo, Chico O’Farrill, and is a featured member of Arturo O’Farrill’s Grammy winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Dynamic and hard swinging drummer Steve Johns has worked with Sonny Fortune, Randy Brecker, Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Heath, and Dr. Billy Taylor. During their six years together Native Soul has crafted their own powerful voice built on groove and feeling. Their three recorded CD’s ONE MIND (American Showplace), SOUL STEP (Talking Drum Records), and ROUGH JAZZ (Apria Records) show their distinctive musical personality and a wide range of influences including straight-ahead jazz, gospel, Brazilian, funk, Afro-Cuban, and blues. Alongside their own inspired originals, Native Soul recordings also feature creative re-interpretations of classic jazz standards like The End of A Love Aair, as well as ‘new standards’ by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, John Lennon and Luther Vandross. In the New York area Native Soul has appeared at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Smalls, Fat Cat and Bahai Center and internationally at Centro Ecuatoriano-Norteamericano in Guayaquil, Ecuador. As each new performance and recording brings their music to an ever-widening audience Native Soul will continue to win over fans at home and abroad with their exhilarating music.
Venue Information:
Birdland NYC
315 West 44th St
New York, NY, 10036