Named five straight years as best trombonist in the Down Beat Critics Poll and declared "the most exciting slide brass player of his generation" by the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, Ray Anderson has shown remarkable range. He has led or co-led a daunting assortment of tradition-minded and experimental groups, big bands, blues and funk projects and even a trombone quartet.
Anderson attended the University of Chicago Lab School, where one of his classmates was another notable trombone original, George Lewis. His teachers included Frank Tirro and Dean Hey. In 1973, he moved to New York where he studied and played with composer and music theorist Jimmy Giuffre, joined drummer Barry Altschul's free-form trio and played for three years with the quartet of AACM saxophone hero Anthony Braxton. In the '80s, he garnered attention with collective bands including the funk-oriented Slickaphonics and the trio BassDrumBone, featuring bassist Mark Helias and drummer Gerry Hemingway. On a series of acclaimed recordings, he has ranged from Ellingtonia and jazz classics to striking originals.
Steve Salerno is an active performer of both Jazz and Classical music. He has performed in Italy, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Canada and throughout the United States. He has performed with many of today's top musicians including Jaco Pastorius, John Abercrombie, Mark Dresser, Bennie Wallace, Eric Marienthal, Regina Carter, Tim Berne, Lonnie Plaxico, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler, Matt Wilson, Mark Helias and Adam Nussbaum.
He is a member of the Ray Anderson Quartet, Paul Smoker Notet, Mala Waldron Quartet, Blue Pipa Trio, has a duo with Christopher Lamb (principle percussionist with the NY Philharmonic), another duo with guitarist, John Abercrombie and leads a variety of groups, including his jazz quartet, Exiles. Among his latest recordings is Mala Waldron's Always There, Paul Smoker's Mirabile Dictu, Min Xiao-Fen's Blue Pipa Trio, and a duo recording with Ray Anderson entitled Love Notes. He is a member of the classical group, The Constellation Trio (classical guitar, flute, oboe). He was music director for the nationally broadcast PBS special Shoreline Sonata, which first aired in May, 2009 and features the Constellation Trio.
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