AJMF Jazz Night Featuring Michael Feinberg Quintet and Jordan Dayan & Friends

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Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 7:30pm

Michael Feinberg has been a part of the New York City Jazz scene for only a short while but has begun to make a name for himself as a composer, bandleader and accompanist. The bassist was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and received his bachelor of music degree at the University of Miami followed by his master’s at New York University.  Since then, Feinberg has worked alongside legends and progressives alike including Billy Hart, George Garzone, Jean-Michel Pilc, John Scofield, Jim Black, Peter Evans, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Lee Ritenour, with whom Feinberg recorded for his Concord release Rhythm Sessions along with bass greats John Pattitucci and Christian McBride.


from Michael

I am very honored to be here at AJMF. Growing up in a Jewish home in

Atlanta is largely responsible for the person I am today. You cannot
separate the artist from the art and all of my experiences help to develop my artistic vision and sensibilities. Summers in Israel visiting my grandparents, hearing the songs of worship at Synagogue, gathering with friends and family over the holiday are all memories that directly correlate to my music and my self. Tonight I have brought with me some of my favorite musicians, Julian Shore on piano, Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums, Brian Hogans on sax, and Matt White on trumpet. Please take a second to visit my websitewww.michaelfeinbergmusic.com as I am always updating it with music, photos, and videos and you can see my full itinerary.

Michael Feinberg Quintet live - "Cocoon"


My name is Jordan Dayan and I am a bass player. I was raised in Macon, Georgia in a Conservative Jewish family. In 1982, I found myself living in Seattle, Washington searching for a way to learn about music. I became a bassist and guitarist for the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church choir in a church led by Rev. Cecil Dodson, Pastor. This experience first introduced me to the power and spirit of music. That experience cemented the centrality of playing music in my life.
Since then I have played music with a great many people in a great many styles. Blues, Gospel, Rock, Jazz, Salsa, Bluegrass, Classical, Klezmer . . . While the music genres change, the purpose remains the same -- to connect in spirit with those with whom I am playing, to communicate that spirit with those who are listening, and to be a conduit with the One spirit that keeps all of us alive and kicking.
I feel very honored to be asked to present at this year’s Atlanta Jewish Music Festival’s Jazz Night. My two grandfathers were both immigrants in this country. Emil Hirsch came here from Hungary, and Saul Dayan arrived from Syria. Both had a deep and profound love of Judaism and of prayer. Both also loved this country and its culture. In presenting “Songs of My Grandfathers,” I am choosing the songs that meant the most to these men. But, in the tradition of Jazz, I and the other musicians will filter these songs through our experience and musical language. Some of the songs are from the prayers, some from the great American songbook, and some from concepts that originate from the musical culture of Hungary and Syria.
For this concert, I will be joined by some of the most talented and creative musicians here in Atlanta: Louis Heriveaux on piano, Kinaa Botu on percussion, and Eric Fontaine on saxophone. Each are masters of their instruments and each are incredibly evocative. It is also a real blast to play music with them