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Dave Schumacher & Cubeye to Release “Smoke In The Sky”

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Dave Schumacher, a skilled and versatile baritone saxophone player from Chicago, has been a critical figure in the New York jazz scene for over forty years. He gained international recognition in the 1980s while touring with Lionel Hampton’s Orchestra, where his powerful and rich baritone saxophone sound stood out. After that, Schumacher spent almost twenty years as a Harry Connick, Jr. orchestra member, further establishing his reputation in the industry. During the 90s, he toured with T.S. Monk’s band and the Tom Harrell Octet and worked with other musicians in New York and on the road.
Schumacher has revealed that two of the biggest influences on Cubeye’s musical concept are Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He remembers accompanying the latter’s big band to Japan in 1987 to perform at the Mt. Fuji Jazz Festival as one of the greatest highlights of his career. The impact of those iconic bands on the group is evident right from the start of “Smoke In The Sky,” with blasting horns hitting hard in the Messenger tradition on top of pulsating percussion that hearkens to Fort Apache’s relentless rhythmatism. Dave notes, “I was hearing the melody and harmony of the fourth track, my ballad “(No More) Smoke In The Sky,” over an up-tempo groove. Manuel Valera created this dramatic re-imagination of the original song.”
Schumacher has displayed his mastery of Latin Jazz in his previous works. Still, in his latest album, he leads his current band, Cubeye, to offer a fresh take on the genre with a contemporary 21st-century sensibility. Schumacher is joined by like-minded musicians who are equally skilled in playing jazz and Latin music, including trumpeters Josh Evans and Jesus Ricardo, saxophonist Peter Brainin, pianist Manuel Valera, bassist Alex “Apolo” Ayala, drummer Joel Mateo, and percussionist Mauricio Hererra. They all have significant experience performing with respected artists such as Arturo O’Farrill, Hilton Ruiz, Papo Vazquez, Yosvany and Yunior Terry, Melvis Santa, and the Mambo Legends Orchestra. Together, they bring Schumacher’s cross-cultural vision to life, resulting in a dynamic album that showcases their collective talents.
Dave expresses, “The inspiration for this band originated from my experiences and interests in music, but this group of highly talented musicians brought my vision to reality. Their exceptional artistic skills, musical chemistry, and valuable input into the music’s overall sound were crucial in bringing to life the musical vision that I call Cubeye!”
David Schumacher and Cubeye will launch their new CD at Clements Place, located at 15 Washington Street in Newark, New Jersey, on Friday, April 19th.

Dave Schumacher y Cubeye lanzarán “Smoke In The Sky”

Dave Schumacher, un hábil y versátil saxofonista barítono de Chicago, ha sido una figura fundamental en la escena del jazz de Nueva York durante más de cuarenta años. Obtuvo reconocimiento internacional en la década de 1980 mientras realizaba una gira con la Orquesta de Lionel Hampton, donde destacó su potente y rico sonido de saxofón barítono. Después de eso, Schumacher pasó casi veinte años como miembro de la orquesta de Harry Connick, Jr., estableciendo aún más su reputación en la industria. Durante los años 90 realizó giras con T.S. La banda de Monk y el Tom Harrell Octet y trabajó con otros músicos en Nueva York y de gira.
Schumacher ha revelado que dos de las mayores influencias en el concepto musical de Cubeye son Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band y Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Recuerda haber acompañado a la big band de este último a Japón en 1987 para actuar en el Festival de Jazz del Monte Fuji como uno de los momentos más destacados de su carrera. El impacto de esas bandas icónicas en el grupo es evidente desde el comienzo de “Smoke In The Sky”, con cuernos a todo volumen que golpean con fuerza en la tradición de Messenger además de una percusión pulsante que escucha el ritmo implacable de Fort Apache. Dave señala: “Estaba escuchando la melodía y la armonía de la cuarta pista, mi balada “(No More) Smoke In The Sky”, sobre un ritmo acelerado. Manuel Valera creó esta dramática reimaginación de la canción original”.
Schumacher ha demostrado su dominio del jazz latino en sus trabajos anteriores. Aún así, en su último álbum, lidera a su banda actual, Cubeye, para ofrecer una nueva visión del género con una sensibilidad contemporánea del siglo XXI. A Schumacher se unen músicos de ideas afines que son igualmente hábiles en tocar jazz y música latina, incluidos los trompetistas Josh Evans y Jesús Ricardo, el saxofonista Peter Brainin, el pianista Manuel Valera, el bajista Alex “Apolo” Ayala, el baterista Joel Mateo y el percusionista Mauricio Hererra. . Todos tienen una experiencia significativa actuando con artistas respetados como Arturo O’Farrill, Hilton Ruiz, Papo Vázquez, Yosvany y Yunior Terry, Melvis Santa y la Mambo Legends Orchestra. Juntos, dan vida a la visión intercultural de Schumacher, lo que da como resultado un álbum dinámico que muestra sus talentos colectivos.
Dave expresa: “La inspiración para esta banda se originó en mis experiencias e intereses en la música, pero este grupo de músicos altamente talentosos hizo realidad mi visión. Sus excepcionales habilidades artísticas, química musical y valiosos aportes al sonido general de la música fueron cruciales para ¡Dando vida a la visión musical que llamo Cubeye
David Schumacher y Cubeye lanzarán su nuevo CD en Clements Place, ubicado en 15 Washington Street en Newark, Nueva Jersey, el viernes 19 de abril.
ALBUM INFORMATION
Dave Schumacher – Baritone Saxophone
Josh Evans – Trumpet (1, 5-8)
Jesus Ricardo – Trumpet (2-3)
Peter Brainin – Tenor, Soprano Saxophones (1, 5-8)
Manuel Valera – Piano
Alex “Apolo” Ayala – Bass
Mauricio Herrera – Congas, Iyá, Itótele, Okónkolo, Chekeré
Joel Mateo – Drums, Bells
Executive Producer: Cory Weeds & Dave Schumacher
Produced by Dave Schumacher
Co-Produced by Hector Davila (aka Chegüi Metralla)
Recorded at Trading 8s Studio, April 19th & June 13th, 2023
Engineered by Chris Sulit
Mixed by Chris Sulit and Hector Davila
Mastered by Oscar Autie, El Cerrito Records
Photography by Peter Brainin & Dave Schumacher
Design and layout by Perry Chua
A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.

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