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Michael Webster
March 26, 2014Tickets on Sale for Momentus Ontario Tour II featuring Ingrid JensenClick on link below for tickets to hear Momentus live Tues Apr 22 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre 4th Stage. Visit the Calendar page for other concert links and info: Wed Apr 23 & Thu Apr 24 – Toronto, ON – The Rex www.therex.ca Fri Apr 25 – Waterloo, ON – The Jazz Room www.kwjazzroom.com Sun Apr 27 – Brooklyn, NY – Shapeshifter Lab www.shapeshifterlab.comhttp://nac-cna.ca/en/community/event/8353
March 4, 2014March ConcertsJoin Michael as he leads his Standard Fresh Trio at Somethin' Jazz Club, Thursday, March 6th, 7-9pm and as his 17-piece chamber jazz orchestra Leading Lines returns to Saint Peter's Church to play the Jazz Vespers service on Sunday, March 23rd, 5pm, featuring trumpeter Ingrid Jensen. Details in the Calendar page.http://saintpeters.org/jazz/jazz-vespers/
November 12, 2013MW Momentus Tour IIMW's Momentus featuring Ingrid Jensen is coming back to Ontario in April 2014! Watch for new dates in Ottawa, Toronto & Kitchener-Waterloo.
October 4, 2013Check out the new LESSONS page!Interested in studying with Michael either in person or via Skype? Have a look at the LESSONS page for more information on Saxophone, Composition or Arranging lessons.
September 16, 2013Leading Lines returns to Tea Lounge

Michael's 17-piece band with strings returns to Park Slope's Monday night big band series "Size Matters" at the Tea Lounge.

Check out the details in the Calendar page.

http://tealoungeny.com
March 21, 2013Tickets for Momentus CD release tour

Please visit the calendar page for links to ticket sales for our upcoming performances in

Brooklyn, NY: Sat Mar 23, 8:30pm - Shapeshifter Lab

Ottawa, ON: Mon Mar 25, 7:30pm - National Arts Centre 4th Stage

Toronto, ON: Tues Mar 26 & Wed Mar 27, 9:30pm - The Rex

http://www.michaelwebstermusic.com/#calendar
March 14, 2013Kickstarter Campaign & Momentus CD Release Tour

MW Momentus is hitting the road!

Sat March 23rd - Brooklyn - Shapeshifter Lab

Mon March 25th - Ottawa - National Arts Centre 4th Stage

Tues March 26th & Wed March 27th - Toronto - The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar

Help fund our Ontario tour via our Kickstarter project. If we can raise $2000 before Thursday, March 21st at 11:59pm EDT, we'll get to put your pledges towards our travel & accommodation costs. If we don't make our goal, we don't keep any of the money, so please consider making a contribution, even if it's only a dollar or two!

Thanks!

- Michael

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January 22, 2013MW Momentus at Somethin' Jazz Saturday!

Catch Michael's 6-piece group this

Saturday, January 26th, 7-9pm at

Somethin' Jazz

212 E 52nd St, 3rd (between 2nd & 3rd Aves)

Details in the Calendar page, or

http://www.somethinjazz.com/ny/
December 17, 2012"Momentus is simply beautiful."

- Michael Fagien, Jazziz Magazine

December 1, 2012Momentus reviewed on The Jazz Word blog

Full review in Review section, or

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November 21, 2012First Review of Momentus is in...

"Highly Recommended" – Dave Sumner, eMusic

Read the full review in the ABOUT section, or

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November 20, 2012Momentus released on OA2 Records & iTunes

Momentus officially hits the streets today!

Click the iTunes, or Amazon buttons above, or buy your copy directly from Michael in the Recordings page.

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October 29, 2012Welcome to the new michaelwebstermusic.com!

Check out mp3s and photos from Michael's new album Momentus in the Multimedia section.

Video coming soon!

http://michaelwebstermusic.com
October 15, 2012MW Quartet plays National Arts Club

Michael's quartet will be playing a feature concert at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South in NYC on Friday, November 9th.

Details in the Calendar page.

September 1, 2012New CD Momentus to be released Nov. 20th on OA2 Records

Michael's new CD Momentus features 9 original compositions played by:

Ingrid Jensen, trumpet/flugelhorn

Chris Dingman, vibes

Ike Sturm, bass

Jared Schonig, drums

Michael Webster, tenor sax

http://originarts.com/oa2/index.php
Tenor Saxophonist and composer Michael Webster manages to reside comfortably in the crease of New-York-style instrumental improvisational music while maintaining an eclecticism and sincerity all his own. The same can be said of Webster as of his contemporaries Dave Douglas and Vijay Iyer – that he is not merely a musician but a facilitator of musical collaborations in whole greater than the sum of their parts and that he truly plays not only the horn, but the band.

A native of Ottawa, Canada, and son of a University of Ottawa music professor and a National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada violist, Webster releases his second solo album, Momentus, this year. His first, Leading Lines, received round praise for its sophisticated take on accessible material. Webster is known for his love of Afro- Latin music and extensive collaborations with some of its most luminary exponents, including William Cepeda, Arturo O’Farrill, and John Benitez, and the influence is audible in Leading Lines. Momentus exhibits elements of Webster’s trademark style, but is notably different, building upon the artist’s experience in the intervening years.

Webster, whose initial move to New York City was made possible by a $20,000 J.B.C Watkins Award from the Canada Council for the Arts, graduated from Manhattan School of Music in 2004. The same year he had begun collaborating with legendary trombonist and percussionist William Cepeda, who recognized Webster’s particular genius for fleshing, transforming, and orchestrating basic melodic kernels, and hired him to arrange for and play saxophone in his band, which toured Puerto Rico in April and May of 2004. In 2009 Cepeda and Webster produced Posesión, a concert length piece for big band and strings adapted from Cepeda’s ideas.

In 2006 Webster released his first solo album, Leading Lines, which featured Grammy-winning bassist John Benitez, and drew heavily on Webster’s Latin Jazz influence. The record showcases nuanced and surprising takes on Webster’s characteristic lyrical melodies, brought to life by a variety of ensembles ranging from duo to nonet and encompassing a range of moods from brash big-band shout choruses to tender string swells. Of Leading Lines, pianist Garry Dial wrote, “the orchestrations are exquisite. The use of strings, woodwinds and brass evokes the genius of Gil Evans and Maria Schneider.”

An ever-expanding portfolio of commissions, including those for American Idol Contestants, Arturo O’Farrill, and the Saint Joseph Symphony Orchestra, propelled Webster’s career. In 2008 O’Farrill’s Grammy-winning Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra commissioned Webster to compose an original work for big band. The resulting work, Mombogro, premiered at New York’s Symphony Space, with Michael conducting.

Re-appropriated from album title, Leading Lines became the name of Michael’s 17-piece working large ensemble, which in 2010 gave a concert at New York City’s iconic Saint Peter’s Church, featuring legendary alto-saxophonist Dick Oatts. In the same year, Webster won his third grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, and arranged a work for 75 musicians for the New York Jazz Academy that was performed in Carnegie Hall.

2011 saw Webster beginning to lead a small ensemble, the Michael Webster Quintet, in performance at venues around New York. WNYC's Soundcheck featured the band in its Gig Alert segment as the top gig to hear in NYC on Nov 2, 2011. The group was featured at All Night Soul with famed Canadian trumpeter Ingrid Jensen in an incarnation that eventually recorded Momentus, Webster’s second album, at Systems Two studios in Brooklyn.

Momentus is notable as a departure from the genre-based music of Leading Lines, into stream-of-consciousness storytelling and ambitious long-form explorations. Webster plays nimbly with the textural and orchestrational options his unconventional six-piece ensemble allows, featuring Ingrid Jensen’s trumpet and Chris Dingman’s vibes, and stretches the possibilities of form. What will likely endear this album to casual listeners and critics alike, though, is the strength and clarity of its thematic material. Central to Webster's work, and lending it a universality and catharsis transcendent of its instrumental setting, is the feeling that the tune has absolute primacy.

Webster lives in Brooklyn, New York, and continues to compose, perform and tour with both his own groups and as a sideman.


Michael Webster - Momentus

2012 OA2 Records

Michael Webster succeeds at creating vivid imagery through the development of candid themes and unambiguous grooves. There's much more to this New York-based tenor saxophonist than the predictable collage of instrumentalist who also writes tunes. Composition seems to be the impetus for Webster's musical output.

Momentus, his second release as a leader, is an alluring collection of accessibility, band cohesiveness, the occasional odd-metered challenge and solid performances. Webster and bassist Ike Sturm sound strong on "Erica's Song," gliding over the waltz tempo with assuredness. Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen lights up the tricky "Indecision" and the left-of-center funk of "Beam Me Up." The latter also features vibraphonist Chris Dingman and guitarist Jesse Lewis in fine form. Jared Schonig keeps a fiery hold on things throughout.

John BarronThe Jazz Word
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Michael Webster, Momentus: An album that surges forward at near imperceptible speed until it suddenly overtakes the ear. Tenor saxophonist Webster leads a sextet that includes past Jazz Picks Chris Dingman on vibes and Ingrid Jensen on trumpet/flugel. Modern jazz tunes with an ambient personality. Some tracks definitely burn, like on “Train Song,” with guitarist Jesse Lewis’s fiery section, but for the most part, this New York crew performs rainy-day music like they have second homes in the midst of the Seattle scene. Highly Recommended.

Dave SumnereMusic.com
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The post ECM cool school vibe is alive and well in Brooklyn in the hands of Webster, Ingrid Jensen, Ike Sturm and the rest of the kids that are coming up and marking their paths. Call him Paul Winter's wayward progeny that veered off into ethnomusicology on Mars if you will but Webster is creating a new standard that others will turn into cliché. Tempting as it might be for moldy figs to play spot the influence, of course you can find Miles' space explorations here, but just like Apollo was a long way from Friendship....you catch my drift. Check it out.

Chris SpectorMidwest Record
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This is an album that creeps up on the ear, and like a ocean tide slowly overtaking the shore, before one knows it, the music has completely immersed the listener. For Momentus, Michael Webster has assembled a strong group to perform his original compositions, and the choice of personnel pays off big time. For this is something of an alternate reality of a modern jazz recording… music with a sense of shifting phases just off the fringes of the expected. And as several of this album’s personnel have proven on other recordings, this hazy medium is where they excel.

Your album personnel: Michael Webster (tenor sax), Chris Dingman (vibes), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet, flugelhorn), Jared Schonig (drums), Ike Sturm (bass), and Jesse Lewis (guitar).

The music on Momentus presents itself with ambient textures that reveal their substantive side in sneaks and peeks. This approach suits Dingman’s style perfectly, as he’s previously displayed a talent for eliciting a dreamy atmosphere from his vibes. And while Lewis does have some combustible moments on guitar, like “Train Song,” his performance just further proves the hypothesis that guitar-vibes pairings are the perfect synthesis of bright heat and icy warmth. And Webster utilizes his sax to wrap those two up with a bow while simultaneously guiding the ensemble through each song.

Jensen and Sturm pick their spots on trumpet and bass. Of particular interest is the interplay between Jensen’s trumpet soaring over top of Dingman’s methodically constructed vibraphone rhythms. Equally compelling is the engine-caboose effect of Schonig’s drums often meeting the charge of Webster’s sax while Sturm’s bass trails off the sentences off Dingman’s vibes. When those two effects work in tandem, even better the results.

The tune “Beam Me Up” is a notch more upbeat than the other album tunes, and it gives the artists an opportunity to step up and solo a bit. There gets a point during this tune that the album threatens to break the album’s overall ambient texture, but then Dingman meshes into a Jensen solo with a frenetic wave of vibes that transforms into a near drone, and that combo snaps the song into place. And not even the heat brought by guitar and sax just after can do anything to break it.

The title-track is a breakthrough moment for the album. Appearing half-way through the album’s span, it encapsulates much of what has come before and how the album will continue. A driving tempo that plays out like a lazy drive through the countryside, vibes and sax construct layers of repetition that change incrementally while trumpet arcs overhead in a path that drums etch into the ground, and bass and guitar frame the song at opposite edges. The volume and tempo rises and peaks and recedes and quiets. There is a sense of unfinished thoughts, as the ensemble changes direction before waves crest. And it’s the amalgamation of that series of unfinished thoughts that coalesces into a breathtaking mosaic, delivered in a soft and unassuming way.

Nifty how “Train Song,” with its heavy reliance on melodic and harmonic development contrasts with the rhythm-first approach of “Train Song Reprise.”

The album opens and closes with tunes that drift across the room. “First Sunrise” gives hints of things to come.. a little thunder here, a little serenity there, slow loping notes on sax and trumpet contrasting with a rapid pace by bass and drums. Whereas on album closer “Simple Wish,” the ensemble brings a sense of finality to the proceedings… a definitive touch.

An album that slowly unfolds, revealing its excellence in its own time and with a soft touch. It’s not a recording that will require much patience to connect with, but I highly recommend sticking around for awhile until it does finally make that solid first impression.

Released on the Origin Arts label.

Jazz from NYC.

Available at eMusic. Available at Amazon: CD | MP3

Dave SumnerBird is the Worm
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Michael Webster's creations are long, unfurling musical journeys chock full of content. Singable melodies come swathed in a background of advanced, modern harmonies and adventurous, challenging rhythms.

Peter HumThe Ottawa Citizen
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Michael Webster has produced a beautiful CD of original music. His ideas as a composer and saxophonist are heartfelt and clear. Keep an eye on him!

Chris Potter

on Leading Lines:

A beautifully imaginative record.

Donny McCaslin

The orchestrations are exquisite. The use of strings, woodwinds and brass evokes the genius of Gil Evans and Maria Schneider, while remaining true to a unique and personal voice. It is difficult to make a fully orchestrated and arranged large ensemble CD without losing the essence of the jazz soloist's improvisation. Once again, here Michael hits a home run. His saxophone solos would stand alone powerfully in the jazz quartet even without the beautiful orchestrations behind him.

Garry Dial

The track sounds amazing... a first rate ensemble, with all the players contributing strong performances. The multifaceted scoring is quite impressive, especially the intriguing textures achieve[d] between the string[s] and traditional jazz instruments. String voicings and articulations in the lyrical interlude are wonderfully evocative...solo sounds excellent as well.

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
MW Momentus featuring Ingrid Jensen
National Arts Centre 4th Stage
Ottawa, ON
Ingrid Jensen - trumpet Chris Dingman - vibraphone Jesse Lewis - guitar Ike Sturm - bass Jared Schonig - drums Michael Webster - tenor sax & compositions
http://nac-cna.ca/en/community/event/8353

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
MW Momentus featuring Ingrid Jensen
The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
Toronto, ON
Ingrid Jensen - trumpet Chris Dingman - vibraphone Jesse Lewis - guitar Ike Sturm - bass Jared Schonig - drums Michael Webster - tenor sax & compositions
http://therex.ca

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Thursday, April 24, 2014
MW Momentus featuring Ingrid Jensen
The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
Toronto, ON
Ingrid Jensen - trumpet Chris Dingman - vibraphone Jesse Lewis - guitar Ike Sturm - bass Jared Schonig - drums Michael Webster - tenor sax & compositions
http://therex.ca

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Friday, April 25, 2014
MW Momentus featuring Ingrid Jensen
The Jazz Room
Waterloo, ON
Ingrid Jensen - trumpet Chris Dingman - vibraphone Jesse Lewis - guitar Ike Sturm - bass Jared Schonig - drums Michael Webster - tenor sax & compositions
http://kwjazzroom.com

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Sunday, April 27, 2014
MW Momentus featuring Ingrid Jensen
Shapeshifter Lab
Brooklyn, NY
Ingrid Jensen - trumpet Chris Dingman - vibraphone Jesse Lewis - guitar Ike Sturm - bass Jared Schonig - drums Michael Webster - tenor sax & compositions
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Past Events

Sunday, March 23, 2014
Jazz Vespers with Michael Webster's Leading Lines featuring Ingrid Jensen
Saint Peter's Church
New York, NY
Music is integrated in an inclusive, Lutheran vespers service. Free of charge.
Join us for reflective music featuring trumpet virtuoso Ingrid Jensen and 17 of the finest jazz musicians of our generation.
http://saintpeters.org/jazz/jazz-vespers/
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Michael Webster's Standard Fresh Trio
Somethin' Jazz
New York, NY
$10 Cover
Standards re-imagined featuring Dan Loomis - bass Ryan Hayden - drums
http://www.somethinjazz.com
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Movement & Modulation - Original Quintet Music by Dawn Clement
Shapeshifter Lab
Brooklyn, NY
An all original set of music by pianist/composer/vocalist Dawn Clement featuring: Ingrid Jensen - trumpet Michael Webster - tenor sax Matt Clohesy - bass Jon Wikan - drums
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Monday, February 3, 2014
Michael Webster's Leading Lines
Tea Lounge
Brooklyn, NY
Michael's 17-piece jazz orchestra with strings returns to Park Slope iconic Tea Lounge for two sets of original music and arrangements. No cover – $10 suggested donation.
http://tealoungeny.com
September 16, 2013
MW Leading Lines
Tea Lounge
Brooklyn, NY
Michael's 17-piece band with strings returns to the Tea Lounge to present original pieces & arrangements. Come check it out!
http://tealoungeny.com
March 27, 2013
Michael Webster's Momentus
The Rex
Toronto, ON
Come celebrate the launch of Momentus, an album of original music on OA2 Records, with Grammy & Juno-winning trumpeter extraordinaire Ingrid Jensen, 2012 Downbeat Rising Star vibraphonist Chris Dingman, and some of the top NYC jazz musicians of this generation. with Jesse Lewis, guitar Ike Sturm, bass Greg Ritchie, drums Michael Webster, tenor sax/compositions for more info, visit www.facebook.com/MichaelWebsterMomentus
http://therex.ca
March 26, 2013
Michael Webster's Momentus
The Rex
Toronto, ON
Come celebrate the launch of Momentus, an album of original music on OA2 Records, with Grammy & Juno-winning trumpeter extraordinaire Ingrid Jensen, 2012 Downbeat Rising Star vibraphonist Chris Dingman, and some of the top NYC jazz musicians of this generation. with Jesse Lewis, guitar Ike Sturm, bass Greg Ritchie, drums Michael Webster, tenor sax/compositions for more info, visit www.facebook.com/MichaelWebsterMomentus
http://therex.ca
March 25, 2013
Michael Webster's Momentus
National Arts Centre 4th Stage
Ottawa, ON
Come celebrate the launch of Momentus, an album of original music on OA2 Records, with Grammy & Juno-winning trumpeter extraordinaire Ingrid Jensen, 2012 Downbeat Rising Star vibraphonist Chris Dingman, and some of the top NYC jazz musicians of this generation. with Jesse Lewis, guitar Ike Sturm, bass Greg Ritchie, drums Michael Webster, tenor sax/compositions for tickets, visit http://nac-cna.ca/en/community/event/4956 for more info, visit www.facebook.com/MichaelWebsterMomentus
http://nac-cna.ca/en/community/event/4956
March 23, 2013
Momentus CD release featuring Ingrid Jensen
Shapeshifter Lab
Brooklyn, NY
Come celebrate the long-awaited CD-release of Momentus on OA2 Records, featuring 9 original works for quintet/sextet. with Ingrid Jensen, trumpet Chris Dingman, vibraphone Jesse Lewis, guitar Ike Sturm, bass Greg Ritchie, drums
http://www.shapeshifterlab.com/
February 25, 2013
MW's Leading Lines featuring Ingrid Jensen
Tea Lounge
Brooklyn, NY
Michael's 17-piece chamber jazz orchestra premieres new works and revisits hits from their recent past. Melodically accessible, harmonically rich and rhythmically infectious music for 6 strings, 6 horns & 5-piece rhythm section with special guest trumpeter Ingrid Jensen.
http://www.tealoungeny.com/
January 26, 2013
MWQ
Somethin' Jazz
New York, NY
featuring Chris Dingman, vibes Jesse Lewis, guitar Aidan Carroll, bass Jared Schonig, drums with John Raymond, trumpet
http://www.somethinjazz.com/ny/
December 8, 2012
Rev. Ernie Cox's Gospel Christmas Celebration
Parkdale United Church
Ottawa, ON
A Christmas celebration, Gospel-style, with the London Trio Plus, Iyono Ede and 8-piece band featuring Don Cummings on B3.
http://erniecox.com/
December 7, 2012
Rev. Ernie Cox's Gospel Christmas Celebration
Parkdale United Church
Ottawa, ON
A Christmas celebration, Gospel-style, with the London Trio Plus, Iyono Ede and 8-piece band featuring Don Cummings on B3.
http://erniecox.com/
November 9, 2012
MW Quartet
National Arts Club
New York, NY
featuring Chris Dingman (vibes), Jesse Lewis (guitar) and Aidan Carroll (bass).
October 7, 2012
MWQ plays All Nite Soul
Saint Peter's Church
New York, NY
Honoring the Village Vanguard Orchestra, who will play a 2-hr concert.
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September 28, 2012
Michael Webster Quintet
Somethin' Jazz
New York, NY
with the usual suspects: Chris Dingman - vibraphone, Jesse Lewis - guitar, Ike Sturm - bass, Jared Schonig - drums. Special guest John Raymond - trumpet.
featuring original material from our upcoming release Momentus on OA2 Records.
http://www.somethinjazz.com/ny/
September 24, 2012
MW Leading Lines in Size Matters
Tea Lounge
Brooklyn, NY
Michael's 17-piece chamber jazz orchestra returns to the Tea Lounge with new works and special guests!
http://www.tealoungeny.com/calendar
September 9, 2012
Gospel & Blues with Rev. Ernie Cox
Sydenham Street United Church
Kingston, ON
http://erniecox.com/
June 28, 2012
Michael Webster Quintet
Somethin' Jazz
New York, NY
The MWQ returns to Somethin' Jazz playing music from our upcoming album "Momentus". Featuring Chris Dingman -vibes, Jesse Lewis - guitar, Ike Sturm - bass and Jared Schonig - drums. $10 cover/$10 minimum
Original compositions
http://www.somethinjazz.com/ny/
June 17, 2012
Jazz Vespers with MWQ
Saint Peter's Church
New York, NY
The MWQ is featured in Saint Peter's Church's Jazz Vespers service. With Chris Dingman - vibes, Ike Sturm - bass & Jared Schonig - drums.
Featuring music from our upcoming CD, Momentus.
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Sunday, May 13, 2012
Jeff Fairbanks Group
NY Presbyterian Church
Long Island City, NY
http://www.fairbanksmusic.com
February 27, 2012
MW Leading Lines featuring Ingrid Jensen, Chanda Rule
Tea Lounge
Brooklyn, NY
Renowned trumpeter Ingrid Jensen joins Michael's 17-piece chamber jazz orchestraat the Size Matters Monday night big band series.featuring special guestsChanda Rule - voiceJon Wikan - cajónwithRob Mosher - soprano sax, oboe, English hornSam Sadigursky - alto sax, flute, alto fluteQuinsin Nachoff - tenor sax, clarinetCarl Maraghi - baritone sax, bass clarinetNadje Noordhuis - trumpet, flugelhornRyan Keberle - tromboneJesse Lewis - guitarJesse Stacken - keyboardsDan Loomis - bassJared Schonig - drumsJeremy Noller - percussionSara Caswell, Antonia Nelson - violinsBrian Lindgren, Gillian Gallagher - violasLeigh Stuart, Choi Fairbanks - cellosMichael Webster - composer, conductor, tenor sax$10 suggested donation
http://www.tealoungeny.com/calendar
December 12, 2011
Michael Webster Quintet
Branded Saloon
Brooklyn, NY
featuring Chris Dingman (vibes), Jesse Lewis (guitar), Ike Sturm (bass) & Jared Schonig (drums)
November 6, 2011
Jazz Mass with the Michael Webster Quintet
Saint Peter's Church
New York, NY
featuring Chris Dingman (vibes), Jesse Lewis (guitar), Ike Sturm (bass) & Jared Schonig (drums)
http://www.saintpeters.org/jazz/
November 2, 2011
Michael Webster Quintet
Brooklyn Lyceum
Brooklyn, NY
featuring Chris Dingman (vibes), Jesse Lewis (guitar), Ike Sturm (bass) & Mark Ferber (drums)
October 11, 2011
THIS
The Shrine
New York, NY
Argentinian guitarist Omar Haddad's original quartet featuring Peter Swanson (bass) & Hironori Momoi (drums)
October 9, 2011
Michael Webster Quintet
All Nite Soul, Saint Peter's Church
New York, NY
featuring Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Chris Dingman (vibes), Jesse Lewis (guitar), Ike Sturm (bass) & Jared Schonig (drums)
Horizons(for Jazz Nonet, Woodwind Quintet and Strings)click here to download in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format
Momentus(for MWQ + Ingrid Jensen)click here to download in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format
Mombogro(As commissioned by Arturo O'Farrill and the ALJO for Big Band)click here to download in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format
Oneman's Blues(for Big Band)click here to download in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format
Booking or Commission inquiries
Norman Vega Artist Management
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315.849.0722
Contact Michael
info@michaelwebstermusic.com
Indecision

MW Momentus live at Somethin' Jazz Club, January 26, 2013.

with

John Raymond, trumpet

Chris Dingman, vibraphone

Jesse Lewis, guitar

Aidan Carroll, bass

Jared Schonig, drums

Michael Webster, tenor sax/composition

Leader

Michael Webster
Momentus

2012

featuring 9 original compositions for quintet,

with Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, Chris Dingman on vibes, Jesse Lewis on guitar, Ike Sturm on bass, Jared Schonig on drums.


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Michael Webster
Leading Lines

2006

featuring John Benitez, Michael Rodriguez and 19 piece orchestra


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Sideman

Jeff Fairbanks' Project Hansori
Mulberry Street

2011

Composer Jeff Fairbanks combines big band sounds with traditional Korean musical influences. Featuring Fred Ho on baritone saxophone.


iTUNES
Garry Dial & Terre Roche
Us An'Them

2008

NYC pianist Garry Dial & vocalist Terre Roche re-imagine 16 national anthems featuring musicians from the respective countries whose anthems they arrange.

With Pete Eldridge, Vic Juris & Jeff Hirschfield.


iTUNESCDBABY
William Cepeda
Unity

2007

Recorded live in Puerto Rico in 2004.


CDBABY
Sherisse Rogers' Project Uprising
Sleight of Hand

2005

featuring Dave Liebman, Donny McCaslin and Joel Frahm


iTUNESCDBABY
The University of Toronto 10 O'Clock Jazz Orchestra
Off the Cuff

2002


Gordon Webster
Three We

2000


The University of Toronto 10 O'Clock Jazz Orchestra
Think Nice Thoughts

1999

featuring Michael Webster's arrangement of Kenny Barrons's 'Voyage'


Leading Lines


Michael Webster's Leading Lines is a 17-piece chamber jazz orchestra comprised of some of New York's finest young musicians including Sam Sadigursky (reeds), Sara Caswell (violin) and Jesse Stacken (keyboards).

Featuring a unique blend of Latin Jazz rhythms, classical textures, funky odd meter settings and sheer groove, Leading Lines is a perfect springboard for Webster's melodically accessible, harmonically rich & rhythmically infectious music.

The group performs regularly in NYC and has had Village Vanguard Orchestra lead alto saxophonist Dick Oatts and Juno-winning trumpeter Ingrid Jensen as featured guests.

Webster plans to record Leading Lines in 2014.

MWQ


The Michael Webster Quintet was formed in Spring 2011 as a vehicle for Webster's long-form small ensemble composition.

The group features Chris Dingman on vibraphone, Jesse Lewis on guitar, bassist Ike Sturm and drummer Jared Schonig, all of whom are active musicians, bandleaders, and composers on the NYC scene.

Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen began appearing as a featured guest with the group in October 2011. The song "Momentus", conceived as an interactive journey of six melodic lines tied together by a relentless eighth-note pulse, was written with her in mind.

Michael has over 10 years of private teaching experience and offers lessons in person and via Skype in saxophone, improvisation, composition, arranging, and music theory.

He has been on the faculty of the New York Jazz Academy since its inception in 2009, where he teaches jazz improvisation and co-directs the big band ensemble.

Michael also served as Music Director for United Rhythms & Visions, a private arts agency presenting workshops, concerts & plays in Jersey City public schools in 2008-09 and again in 2012-13.

Please contact Michael directly at info@michaelwebstermusic.com for more information.

Michael giving an improvisation workshop to saxophonists in Cuba through the non-profit Horns to Havana (0:33 and 1:10) in 2011