Katonah Studio Jazz Band at Via Vanti!
Katonah Studio Jazz Band headlines at Via Vanti!
The Katonah Studio Jazz Band returns to its Mount Kisco
home base, Via Vanti, on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m., featuring keyboardist
Robert Kessler, saxophonist R.J. Marx, drummer Jack Falco and bass player Phil
Founded in 2005 by Grammy-award winning composer, audio
producer and pianist Robert Kessler and saxophonist R.J. Marx, KSJB received
its name from the rehearsal space at pianist Kessler’s Katonah studio. The Via
Vanti dates come off the recent selection of KSJB for Long Island Winterfest,
part of the “Jazz on the Vine” series on the east end of Long Island. Their
website is katonahstudiojazzband.com.
Pianist Robert Kessler has recorded, mixed and mastered several
independent classical, folk and jazz albums including Playscape Recordings “The
Three B’s (Bill Evans, Bud Powell and Beethoven)” and “From Sorry Free” and “Hoping
It Might Be So” by the vocal ensemble Charis.
Saxophonist R.J. Marx trained with Chicago tenor icon Fred
Anderson and attended Berklee College of Music before launching a career in journalism.
He returned to gigging in 2001, studying with pianist Pete Malinverni and saxophonist
Drummer Jack Falco studied jazz at the University of Miami
and with the immortal Tony William. Falco has a diverse musical background including
playing with the Miami Symphony Orchestra and Circus Vargas. He is currently a
member of the Long Island reggae band, “The Soul Junkies.”
Phil Rowan is a
Queens-based double bassist and member of the group Old Time Musketry, as well
as singer-songwriter Kjersti Kveli’s group. Rowan is a graduate of Stony Brook
University with a master’s degree in classical double bass.
Via Vanti, owned
by proprietor Carla Gambescia, will celebrate its fifth anniversary in
September. Known for its uniquely healthful eclectic Italian fare, this local
favorite, located in the landmark Mount Kisco train station, provides the
perfect venue for listening to jazz while sipping wine, grazing on thin-crust
gourmet pizzette and sampling unlimited tastes of their award winning gelato
and sorbetto, with 18 flavors daily. A full menu is available and reservations
are strongly suggested for the evening of this event.
ViaVanti Restaurant is located at the Mount Kisco
Train Station, 2 Kirby Plaza.
For more information, visit www.viavanti.com,
666-6400; or katonahstudiojazzband.com.