Horn-driven Jazz with OrnEtc. on TMB-TV

By Ariana Kramer
Posted 6/18/20

OrnEtc. was originally started as a tribute band for Ornette Coleman, one of the founders of free jazz. According to drummer Dave Wayne, Coleman’s work is often played in big cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco, but receives much less attention here in New Mexico.

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Horn-driven Jazz with OrnEtc. on TMB-TV

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OrnEtc.

Sunday, June 14, 7-8 p.m.

TMB-TV; taosmesabrewing.com

(575) 758-1900; taosmesabrewing.com

OrnEtc. was originally started as a tribute band for Ornette Coleman, one of the founders of free jazz. According to drummer Dave Wayne, Coleman’s work is often played in big cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco, but receives much less attention here in New Mexico.

“Ornette Coleman is a seminal figure in music,” said Wayne. “I don’t think you can deal with jazz in a realistic way and not deal with Ornette. He’s as essential to jazz as Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, all those guys. Ornette falls right in line with them.”

Wayne has been a fan of Coleman for the past forty years. So, when he was approached by bass player Noah Baumeister about forming a band around Ornette Coleman’s music, Wayne jumped at the chance. The band has since branched out to include original tunes by members Noah Baumeister (bass), Dave Wayne (drums), Lee Steck (vibraphone), Dan Pearlman (cornet), Chris Jonas (saxophone) and Alex Murzyn (saxophone).

OrnEtc. will be performing at 7 p.m. this Sunday (June 14) from the Taos Mesa Brewing stage, and you can listen in on TMB-TV at taosmesabrewing.com. The online platform broadcasts live shows to a stay-at-home audience in this time of coronavirus.

For their TMB-TV show OrnEtc. plans to dig into their original repertoire and play some of their newer or seldom-played material not on their “These Times” CD.

“I really think people will be pleasantly surprised by how approachable this music is,” said Wayne. “If you listen to the repertoire of Ornette Coleman he’s a great example of what I’m talking about, because his music is so rooted in the blues and older forms. It’s so new and so revolutionary and yet it’s old at the same time. You can whistle these tunes that he wrote. I feel the same way about our tunes, too. There is something hummable and enjoyable and foot-tappable about them. You can just forget about all the labels and get lost in them. If you like horns you’re going to love our music.”

Dave Wayne is a self-taught drummer who arrived in New Mexico from Philadelphia back in 1993. For the past two decades he has drummed with a number of New Mexico and national musicians. In 2009 Wayne formed The Things That Are Heard, a band playing his own compositions. He plays for Love Unfold the Sun, Pray for Brain, Shake Alert (Afro-inspired funk) and The Fat Sweet (hip-hop).

After studying jazz with Mike Richmond at New York University, Noah Baumeister relocated to Santa Fe. He has played with D Numbers, Man Hurls Hedgehog, singer-songwriter Stephanie Hatfield, and others.

Lee Steck started playing drums and percussion with Skip Falls in Berkeley in the late 1960s. He attended The Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, studying with Dave Garibaldi, Jerry Steinholtz and Richie Lepore. Since the late 1970s Steck has performed everything from jazz to Afro-beat and nuevo flamenco.

While a student at Oberlin College Dan Pearlman studied both music and law. Pearlman has lived in Santa Fe for more than three decades, playing with The Miltones Brass Band, Ziya, The Salack/Pearlman Quartet and The Things That Are Heard.

Chris Jonas worked as an instrumentalist and composer/conductor in New York in the 1990s. His musical work has taken him to Berlin, Italy and San Francisco. Jonas has collaborated with Anthony Braxton for many years, and appears on several of his recordings. Jonas leads duos, trios and quartets with some of Santa Fe’s finest musicians.

Following a wide-ranging career in San Francisco, Alex Murzyn moved to Santa Fe. He has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Clark and Bobby Shew as well as Huey Lewis and the News, Tito Puente, Sammy Davis Jr., and The Temptations.

Sunday’s concert will be OrnEtc.’s first online concert. Wayne said the band has made a few videos (viewable on YouTube).

“I reckon this will be kind of like that,” he said.

“We’re really grateful to Taos Mesa Brewing for all of the support that they’ve given us,” Wayne added. “I know there are a lot of people in Taos that enjoy our music. And the KNCE radio station has been very supportive. We’ve got a lot of support and we’re very grateful for that. I think Taos Mesa Brewing is doing a fantastic thing by instituting this venue for musicians to present their work, and make a little bit of money maybe, and keep the audience engaged as we all deal with this pandemic.”

For more information about OrnEtc. visit the band on Facebook at facebook.com/ornettesetera. For more on TMB-TV’s online concert series, visit taosmesabrewing.com or call (575) 758-1900.

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