Dr. Brian Levy - Tenor Saxophone, Flute
Paul Brändle - Guitar, Baritone Guitar
Matt Adomeit - Bass, Mandolin
Rick Hollander - Drums, Steel Drum, Vocals
Count the all new Rick Hollander Quartet as being a long time in the making. Like its predecessor, the original and highly acclaimed Rick Hollander Quartet, the all new RHQ brings together like-minded individuals whose passion for making stunning, modern acoustic jazz is rivaled only by their shared commitment to deliver 100% at each and every performance. New sounds, inspired by the revolutionary music created during the golden era of modern jazz by Charlie Parker and Bud Powell, by Miles Davis and John Coltrane, by Freddie Hubbard and Ornette Coleman, flow freely here.
Tenor Saxophonist Dr. Brian Levy is an absolute fireball. His soulful intensity, fueled by a keen intellect, begs this answer to an age old question: “Yes, there’s a doctor in the house.” Born in 1977 and originally from San Diego, California, Levy resides in Boston, Massachusetts where he is a full-time faculty member at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Guitarist Paul Brändle, born in 1992, cites a small town in southern Germany as his birthplace. He’s a relative newcomer to the world’s jazz stage, so watch out for this young man! While there are those who choose to display a flashy style of guitar theatrics, Paul seems content to gently pull you, the listener, into his web; a carefully woven tapestry of sound. By Paul’s playing one might be driven to the thought “the truth is spoken here.”
Imagination and honesty are qualities that distinguish Hartford, Connecticut native Matthew Adomeit. A broad musical spectrum plus utter control of the bass violin are tools Matt uses for driving and commanding The RHQ. His double degree from Oberlin College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio along with his rapidly expanding work experiences have Adomeit – born 1990 - carving a special place for himself in today’s ever changing music scene as he darts from Berlin, his current residence, to places all over the globe.
From Detroit, Michigan (The Motor City) hails drummer Rick Hollander. Like Woodard, Rick was born in 1956 and bore witness to the musical and societal upheaval of the 1960’s and ‘70’s. Now, when Hollander takes to the drum throne, you’ll hear a musician that possesses the empathy to accompany, coupled with the strength and vision with which to lead. Rick has worked with many of jazz’s greats, including James Moody, Brad Mehldau, Woody Shaw and Mike Stern.