February 26, 2017
Paul Meyers' World on a String
North Meets South
Featuring Vanderlei Pereira, Leo Traversa and special guest Mike Lee.
In 2009, guitarist Paul Meyers released an album called World on a String on Miles High Records. The album was so successful that Meyers adopted World on a String as the name of his band. In a review of World on a String, Just Jazz Guitar's Matthew Warnock pointed out that Meyers had assembled "some of the best instrumentalists on the scene today ... these world class musicians are at their best on every tune." Two of them -- bassist Leo Traversa and drummer Vanderlei Pereira -- will join Meyers on February 26 as World on a String presents a concert entitled "North Meets South," at Luna.
For the Luna appearance, the World on a String trio will become a quartet with the addition of tenor saxophonist Mike Lee, who has been part of the greater New York-New Jersey jazz scene for nearly 30 years. Called a "strikingly talented improviser" by allmusic.com, Lee is a veteran of the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, and the Maria Schneider Orchestra. For six years, he led the big band at the now defunct Cecil's jazz club in West Orange, and he currently leads the Wednesday night jam sessions at Hat City Kitchen.
The concert will demonstrate the marriage of jazz with Brazilian/Latin music, a genre closely identified with Meyers, whom Warnock described as "a virtuoso guitarist and improviser." Meyers studied under the legendary guitarist Gene Bertoncini who has called his protègè "a guitarist's guitarist. He displays a creative, fresh approach to harmonic and linear playing." Meyers has performed with a number of jazz giants including bassist Ron Carter, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, and vocalist Jon Hendricks. "A lot of guitarists," Hendricks once said, "play bossa nova, but they don't catch that jazz tinge that Joao Gilberto has. The only cat I've heard that does is Paul Meyers." www.paulmeyers.info