Jeff Antoniuk and the Jazz Update | Brotherhood

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Brotherhood

by Jeff Antoniuk and the Jazz Update

Saxophonist, composer and bandleader Jeff Antoniuk steps out with fresh, memorable, and beautifully executed compositions in his second CD with the Jazz Update. This is progressive jazz with global themes brought home with depth and humor.
Genre: Jazz: Post-Bop
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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This is the second album from Jeff Antoniuk with the Jazz Update band. Antoniuk is a highly traveled and solid figure on the greater Washington D.C. jazz scene. His quartet also includes Pianist Wade Beach, Bassist Tom Baldwin and Drummer Tony Martucci.

Brotherhood is beautifully balanced in its themes and musical styles. It includes five originals by Antoniuk and two by bassist Baldwin, along with fresh takes on four jazz staples. It might be called progressive straight ahead jazz or 21st century hard bop and was mixed and mastered to a bright and cohesive finish by Kent Heckman of Red Rock Studio in Pennsylvania. DJ’s across the US are already praising the new album, released in May 2010.

The group’s 2006 CD Here Today brimmed with Antoniuk originals and luscious covers of Ellington, Monk and Golson, and rapidly climbed the jazz charts in the U.S. and Canada. Reviewing a live Here Today concert, Annapolis critic Michael Macey reported, “Antoniuk and his cohorts displayed a finesse that was thrilling to listen to and exciting to watch.” Heralding the same release, Michael Joyce of The Washington Post testified that Antoniuk had “impressive skills as a composer.”

The Jazz Update includes some of the most noteworthy jazz musicians on the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. and they share an expansive jazz repertoire. The ensemble has been commissioned by several Washington D.C. cultural institutions to develop programs delving deeply into the canons of Coltrane, Monk and other treasures. Packed concerts at the Smithsonian and The Kennedy Center have shown them to be adept at live performance.

Pianist Wade Beach is widely respected for his harmonic sophistication and superb technique without stylistic limitations. When he earned a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Maryland, playing jazz was strictly verboten. (So was the rock and roll he played six nights a week to finance his education.) He became a protégé of Sir Roland Hanna, then toured the globe many times with the Airmen of Note. He is an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University.

Bassist Tom Baldwin has backed modern jazz greats James Moody, George Garzone and Eric Alexander. The tasteful and articulate bassist teaches at University of Maryland. For the past five years, he and his band mates have been core jazz camp faculty of the Maryland Summer Jazz Festival.

Drummer Tony Martucci has played and recorded with giants from almost every period of jazz, including Mose Allison, Joe Henderson and Sonny Stitt. He teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University. Wrote Music Monthly, “Martucci’s drum set magic is rich in detail and ambience...” Jazz Times said Martucci “is an exciting yet sensitive player with chops, taste...”

Bandleader Jeff Antoniuk has performed with Canadian saxophonist PJ Perry and pianist/composer/bandleader/Senator Tommy Banks, big band leader Rob McConnell and pop icon David Foster. His band mates in Western Canada are guitarist Jim Head, bassist John Taylor and pianist Chris Andrews. He has also worked with Juneau Award winners multi-instrumentalist Brad Turner and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen. In the states, he has performed and recorded with diverse hit makers Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Bobby McFerrin and Freddie Hubbard. Najee, Marcus Miller and Wayman Tisdale have embraced his skills as an arranger and performer.

A transplanted Canadian from a Ukrainian family, Antoniuk spent formative years in Benin City, Nigeria. He attended college in Edmonton Alberta and went on to the University of North Texas, where he received a master’s degree in jazz performance and West African ethnomusicology. Subsequent tours to Asia and Siberia helped sow the seeds for a unique musical perspective reflected in this newly minted offering of jazz without borders.

A master teaching artist for the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS), Antoniuk also directs inDepth Jazz Clinics & Concerts for semi-pro musicians. He is the artistic director of Maryland Summer Jazz; a top rated jazz camp with public concerts held the last two weeks of July in Rockville, Maryland.




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Eyre McKenrick

Brotherhood by Jeff Antoniuk & the Jazz Update
This is a tremendously rich CD, worthy of many repeated listenings. This group's prior album was fantastic, but this one has raised the bar even further. This talented group of musicians function together like a swiss clock, each with his own area of purvey, but with extensive interaction and surprising contributions to the "group sound" making for a "whole greater than the sum of its parts".

If you enjoy improvisational music performed by well schooled (meaning thoroughly grounded in the genre) musicians, then this is a must buy.

You'll immediately want to add the Jazz Update's prior CD "Here Today" to your collection. Hint: Get the physical CD, it's loaded with background info, individual web site addresses and they're just .......great to hold!

Joe Lerner

Love This Album
This is a great album of contemporary and original jazz played by a superlative quartet. There are no compromises here. The tunes are played with honesty and integrity, and they swing like mad. The quartet has obviously played together a lot--they're ensemble sound is balanced when it needs to be, but still gives plenty of space for individual expression by great soloists.

Steve Olson

Wonderful Modern Jazz!
Brotherhood is the latest recording by one of the top jazz bands out of the Washington, DC area. Led by saxophonist and composer Jeff Antoniuk, the group has been working together for many years. It’s that telepathic interplay that is so evident on this CD. You can tell when a group of musicians know each other, can push each other’s buttons, and create marvelous, spontaneous jazz. Refreshing original comnpositions mixed with new takes on standards, played by artists at the peak of their abilities. You'll wonder why all jazz doesn't sound this good!

Dayton Eckerson

Great CD!
Put a bar tight rhythm section behind a world-class saxophonist, cue up some fascinating original charts, mix in fresh takes on 4 jazz standards, and what do you get? Magic! From Antoniuk's fiendish "Mister No Bones" to the incredibly juxtaposed "Hot House/Evidence" medley, this CD cooks. If you ever get a chance to see this band play live, don't miss it!