October 6th, 23h30

Joe Dyson . Drums
Stephen Lands . Trumpet
Stephen Gladney . Sax Tenor
Oscar Rossignoli . Piano
Barry Stephenson . Double Bass

Sitting at the vanguard of New Orleans’ Drum Legacy is Joe Dyson.  Joe, herald as one of the top drummers on the music scene can be heard with Multi GRAMMY winning artist Pat Metheny and Side Eye Trio; GRAMMY Winning multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton; and NEA Jazz Master Big Chief Donald Harrison.  Dyson, as an architect of sound, forged a new path for music with Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s “Stretch Music” creating a new approach to drumming with his “Pan African Kit.” After appearing over a myriad of albums, Dyson released his debut album LOOK WITHIN warmly received throughout the world.  Elder drummers are calling him one of the one’s that will carry the legacy forward.

Born in New Orleans to a religious and musically gifted family, Joe began his artistry at the tender age of 2. It was in the church that he cultivated the intuitive way of learning, guided by folklore and immersed in the vast culture of the city.

After being noticed for his peculiar talent, Joe was placed in the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp where he was shadowed by the late, great clarinetist Alvin Batiste, and his longtime bandleader and mentor, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison. He went on to graduate from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), and earned a Presidential Scholarship to his alma mater Berklee College of Music.

Dyson thrives at the intersection of the church, traditional study and apprenticeship. It is this trinity, combined with sounds and sights from touring the world, that has culminated in a stunning debut album.

Joe has shared the stage with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ellis Marsalis, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Jon Batiste, Leo Nocentelli, Sullivan Fortner, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Pedrito Martinez, among others. Joe has traveled across the globe extensively, touching almost every continent. He has appeared on over 30 albums.

In 2012, Joe created an annual benefit concert entitled, “Christmas in Treme.” It takes place at his family’s church, Holy Faith Temple B.C. also known as “The Treme Church.” The proceeds help fund outreach programs, including Food and Pantry, Computer Literacy and Vacation Bible School.

In addition to recording and touring, Joe has taught combos, master classes, and given lectures throughout the U.S. and Europe. More notable places include The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music; NOCCA Riverfront;  and Södra Latin (Sweden). He is also a part of the collegiate roster at Tulane University as Adjunct Professor.

The Joe Dyson Quintet takes you on a sonic exploration of spirituality. Dyson purveys a fiery edge with laid back grooves, while his band captivates sultry tones, and beautiful haunting melodies. The quintet pulls from different musical styles including Nouveau Swing, Stretch Music, and #BAM.

As Dyson’s quintet expound on melodies and harmonies from the compositions, they go through a process in which he coins “Retro Future.” “When we reach this musical space, you can hear how some of the ancient and familiar sounds from the past are explored and brought to a new light in real time.  All of the musicians in my band are students of the music, and are constantly using their reign of musical vernacular to offer an earnest expression of truth in light.”