Ryan Greer, John Feliciano, The Metropolitan Room
In a remarkable paring down of his own Ryan Greer Jazz Group, acclaimed for its reinvention of the Great American Songbook, vocalist Ryan Greer teams with bandmate John Feliciano on upright for a standard-bending collaboration between voice and bass. Ryan and John spark a solid chemistry with their imaginative interplay on classic jazz compositions. This premiere set freshly takes on legendary tunesmiths like Richard Rodgers and Billy Strayhorn, as well as modern greats like Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, as the duo elevates the musical exchange to near-clairvoyant jam session.
Ryan Greer is a self-producing artist in New York City whose body of work spans theater, dance and music—all rooted in jazz. Ryan finds creative catharsis as a vocalist and bandleader. His new jazz collective is building up a great reputation for taking classic songs and turning them into striking jazz selections.
John Feliciano plays on both upright and electric bass in a variety of styles for several bands in New York City. He studied jazz at the University of Rhode Island before graduating from the renowned jazz program at SUNY Purchase, mentoring with a number of musicians including David Ruffels, Kermit Driscoll and Todd Coolman. He is an original member of the Ryan Greer Jazz Group.
Selections for the night include: Little Sunflower (Freddie Hubbard, Al Jarreau); Passion Flower (Billy Strayhorn, Milton Raskin); Do-Re-Mi, Salt Peanuts, C Jam Blues (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Clarke, Duke Ellington); It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills); Chameleon (Herbie Hancock); Crystal Silence (Chick Corea, Neville Potter) Agua De Beber (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Norman Gimbel); Blue Bossa (Kenny Dorham); ‘Tis Autumn (Henry Nemo); Where Were You When I Needed You (Stevie Wonder).
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