Sponsored by the Washington DC Federation of Musicians, AFM 161-710. Engineering by Jerry Paris and Robin Smith; produced by Ed Malaga and co-produced by Chris Bangert-Drowns.
The 2018 DC LaborFest wraps up with a night of jazz with local musicians from the Washington Musicians Union:
Carl Cornwell, saxophone; Wade Beach, piano; Steve Novosel, bass; Nasar Abadey, drums.
Carl Cornwell: Saxophonist with Project Natale (https://www.reverbnation.com/projectnatale), Mike Thornton Jazz Collective and Maurice Lyles. Co-founder of Gil Scott-Heron's Amnesia Express before embarking on a career in computer systems development. After moving to Washington, DC. Carl became a mainstay at Harold's Rogue and Jar night club, performing regularly as a sideman and as leader of his own quintet. Carl toured the US and Europe as saxophonist, arranger and sometime pianist with Gil Scott-Heron.
Wade Beach is widely respected for his harmonic sophistication and superb technique, which knows no stylistic limitations. He holds a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Maryland. He entered the world of jazz as a protégé of Sir Roland Hanna and toured the globe many times over with the United States Air Force Band jazz ensemble, The Airmen of Note. Mr. Beach keeps an active teaching and performing schedule, performing with groups around the DC area, including The Jazz Update Band.
Steve Novosel is an American professional jazz bassist and educator whose 40-plus year career has spanned numerous genre, from traditional jazz to swing, bebop, mainstream and avant garde. Steve has toured with Red Norvo, Tal Farlow, Al Grey and most recently, with David “Fathead” Newman. In addition to his previous 57 recordings, he has several on Mapleshade including Portraits in Ivory and Brass with Jack Walrath and Larry Willis and Every Rung Goes Higher with Willis and Steve Berrios plus singer Kenyetta.
Nasar Abadey is a drummer and composer who’s the founder, leader and driving force of SUPERNOVA, and who has also built a solid reputation as a sideman with several groups, performing with many national artists throughout his career. Abadey began playing drums at age five, drawing influences from powerhouse drummers such as Tony Williams, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey and cousin Frankie Dunlop, to name a few. Nasar Abadey creates music which he refers to as Multi-D: multi-dimensional, multi-directional. Mr. Abadey is currently a Professor of Jazz Percussion in the Jazz Studies Department at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD