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Bret Zvacek and Paul Meyers

  • Potsdam Museum 2 Park Street Potsdam, NY, 13676 United States (map)

Join us for an evening of jazz music with Crane School of Music professor Bret Zvacek and world-renowned guitarist Paul Meyers. 

Bret Zvacek has performed with Kenny Wheeler, Gene Bertoncini, The Woody Herman Orchestra, and numerous other jazz artists. Since September 2005, Bret has served as the Musical Director of the Central New York Jazz Orchestra (Syracuse), collaborating with artists including Phil Woods, Hubert Laws, Bobby Watson, Joe Locke, and others. In 2011, Bret was commissioned to write a multi-movement work for jazz orchestra, “A White Horse From Jerusalem” which featured David Liebman as soloist. His 2001 quintet CD “DAY IN MAY” has been described as being “infused with creative energy” (Cadence Magazine, December 2002). He has written big band music for numerous professional and student ensembles, has written for orchestra, and has arranged/conducted horn & string tracks in various New York studios. He has held teaching positions at University of North Texas, McGill University, and at The Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY, where he currently is Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies. Bret Zvacek is a clinician and performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America.

Paul Meyers has performed and/or recorded with an ever growing list of jazz greats such as Geri Allen, Harry Allen, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Ray Drummond, Eliane Elias, Clare Fischer, Sonny Fortune, Eddie Gomez, Annie Ross, Wynton Marsalis, Bill Mays, Rufus Reid, David Sanchez and Steve Wilson. He's also toured for years with two of the greatest jazz singers ever - Jon Hendricks since 1993, and Andy Bey from 1997 to 2008.

International performances include Japan and Hong Kong with the Salute to Duke Ellington Orchestra (along with Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis and Joe Wilder) - Spain with the great percussionist Cafe - Brazil, France, Germany, Switzerland, England, and Italy with Jon Hendricks - Brazil, England, Spain. Portugal, Macedonia, Greece and the Netherlands with Andy Bey - Japan with Karrin Allison, and Argentina with Gary Burton. Mr. Burton also recorded Paul's tune Panama on his "Reunion" CD with Pat Metheny. 

A very active player in New York's vibrant Brazilian jazz scene, Paul was a member of the Terra Brasil, which featured pianist/composer Cidinho Teixeira and vocalist Vera Mara, both veterans of the great Gilberto Gil's band. He later co-led Brasil & Company with Ms. Mara, and they released a highly regarded CD as well. He has performed in New York and Tokyo with the great Tango-jazz pianist and composer Pablo Zeigler (Astor Piazzola's pianist) and is featured along with Stephon Harris on the live CD Tango meets Jazz. He recently returned to Tokyo to play at the Blue Note with vocalist Karrin Allison, performing music from her new Brazilian CD Imagina. Paul is also featured on the soundtrack to the film Bossa Nova (2000) w/Amy Irving, and music by Deodato.

Earlier Event: February 25
Rob Morrison and Tomek Regulski
Later Event: March 11
Don't Tell Darlings