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Concert: Kevin Sun New Trio, Joe Moffett, Mark Fosson

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KEVIN SUN NEW TRIO (Kevin Sun - sax; Walter Stinson - bass, Matt Honor - drums)

Kevin Sun is a Brooklyn-based saxophonist, clarinetist, and improvisor-composer. Kevin was the 2013 Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition winner and the 2012 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition winner in the jazz saxophone category. He was previously the editor of Jazz Speaks, the blog of The Jazz Gallery, a nonprofit jazz cultural center in New York CityHis co-led 2016 release, Earprint, was named #1 Debut Album in the 2016 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll.

Walter Ashford Stinson is a bassist-composer from Ithaca, NY. He graduated cum laude from Purchase College with a B.A. in jazz performance. He has also studied privately with Nicholas Walker, John Clayton, Doug Weiss, Kermit Driscoll, Scott Colley, Larry Grenadier, and Todd Coolman and has performed with Hubert Laws, Rufus Reid, Antonio Hart, Chris Potter, and Arturo O'Farrill. 

Matt Honor is a jazz drummer based in Brooklyn, New York. Hailing from the frozen tundra of Plattsburgh, NY, Matt holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with master drummer John Riley and bassist Jay Anderson. In addition to performing with the Kevin Sun New Trio, he is a member of the critically acclaimed quintet Cowboys and Frenchmen and has been performing with D.C. based composer-songwriter Louis Weeks in 2015.

"This may be the first you’ve heard of Mr. Sun, a tenor saxophonist, but that will soon change. He knows a lot about the past 20 years of contemporary jazz saxophone: the shoulder-hugging maneuvers of Mark Turner, the snaky melodicism of Chris Potter, the susurrating quiet of Chris Speed. But Mr. Sun reaches back farther. Sometimes you’ll hear a smoldering kernel of Albert Ayler; when he picks up the clarinet, the tonal gamesmanship of Jimmy Giuffre looms in. Boil it all together, and Mr. Sun’s playing develops an identity of its own, equal parts direct and discursive. That’s clear on his debut album, “Trio,” which features the rhythm section that will be on hand: the bassist Walter Stinson and the drummer Matt Honor."   - Giovanni Russonello, NY Times

JOE MOFFETT  - New York-­based trumpeter and improviser Joe Moffett approaches his work with a keen interest in unconventional sounds and forms, collective composition, solo instrumental performance, and the intersection of words and music. He is involved in a number of projects including improv trio Earth Tongues and art song duo Twins of El Dorado. His material appears on Neither/Nor, Underwolf, Eh?, NotTwo, and Prom Night Records.

MARK FOSSON - is a singer-songwriter and American Primitive guitarist who grew up in Kentucky, where he began writing songs while he was still in his early teens. In the late 1970s he sent some song demos to John Fahey's West Coast-based Takoma Records, and Fahey, impressed with what he heard, offered Fosson a recording deal. Fosson lost no time in relocating to Los Angeles and began recording, but as bad luck would have it, Takoma was in some difficulty, and the label soon folded. Fahey allowed Fosson to retain the master tapes of the sessions, however. Now located on the West Coast, Fosson met fellow songwriter Edward Tree, and the two began working together, forming The Bum Steers, a country-tinged group, in the late 1980s, eventually being invited to play the Grand Ol' Opry at the request of Porter Wagoner. Fosson's material appeared on several soundtracks throughout the 1990s.
In 2005 Fosson began recording a solo project, "Jesus on a Greyhound", which was released on Big Otis Records. The album drew positive reviews and Fosson was frequently compared to Americana music artists like Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Joe Ely, John Prine and Guy Clark. The Fahey material finally saw the light of day as "The Lost Takoma Sessions" from Drag City Records in 2006.  His song "Another Fine Day" is included on the highly acclaimed "Imaginational Anthem Vol. 3" guitar compilation from Tompkins Square Records.
On June 26, 2012 Tompkins Square also released "Digging In The Dust", a collection of early home recordings which led to Fosson's signing to Takoma Records.
In May 2015 he released "kY", a collection of instrumentals inspired by his time growing up in Kentucky and in July 2017 his newest album, "Solo Guitar" was released on Drag City Records .