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Thursday, February 16, 2017

CKQ Reunion Concert in Union Sq.: w/drummer Matt Wilson returning to play w/ original bandmates Kohlhase, Carlson, Turner, & Langley -- Friday, March 3rd

The Charlie Kolhase Quintet
Reunion Concert

with original band members 
Charlie Kohlhase
(alto, tenor & baritone saxophones),
John Carlson (trumpet & flugelhorn),
John Turner (bass)
Matt Langley 
(tenor & soprano saxophones),
Matt Wilson (drums

CKQ's Dart Night album cover c1995

[The CKQ's "Dart Night" record cover (c1995) *]

The Third Life Studio, Somerville
Friday, March 3, 8:00 pm
"For all the fine ensembles that call Boston home,
one of the most accomplished has to be the
Charlie Kohlhase Quintet, a one-of-a-kind band that made
an exuberant appearance over the weekend..."
[Chicago Tribune, 1995]
The Charlie Kohlhase Quintet Reunion Concert. With Charlie Kohlhase, John Carlson, John Turner, Matt Langley, and Matt Wilson.FridayMarch 3, 8:00 pm. Tickets (cash at door): $15, $10 students/seniors. The Third Life Studio, 33 Union Sq., Somerville 02143. For information:

Originally from Portsmouth NH, alto/tenor/bari sax man Charlie Kohlhase made the leap to Boston in the early 1980's. After a few years of composing his own free jazz work, he formed The Charlie Kohlhase Quintet (CKQ) in 1989, in order to better realize his uncanny, oftentimes playful, pieces. Word travelled fast, since this particular unique combo of then local players ... Kohlhase joined by John Carlson (trumpet/flugelhorn), John Turner (bass), Matt Langley (tenor/soprano sax), and Matt Wilson (drums) ... performed jaw dropping performances both locally and nationally. CKQ disbanded after a dozen years, leaving in their wake four albums, all highly acclaimed: Research & Development (Accurate Records, 1992), Good Deeds (Accurate, 1992), Dart Night (Accurate, 1995)*, and Dancing On My Bedpost (CIMP, 1998). [Kohlhase’s complete discography can be found at]

Since then each player has carved out his own stellar niche in the jazz world, locally, nationally, and internationally. It may very well be impossible to predict what will take place during this reunion of highly respected jazz musicians. The only way to really know is to check them out ... in real time!

*[CKQ’s third album “Dart Night” 
commemorates the night the band showed up to perform their usual gig at the former Willow Jazz Club, located in Ball Sq. Somerville, only to discover they had been replaced by a dart league, thus inspiring the creation of this album.]

Further specifics on the reunion concert, can also be found at  
"As a mainstay in Boston’s jazz scene, 
saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase has helped 
cultivate the city as one of 
America’s most fertile 
hotbeds for creative music.
(Jazz Times, 1999)
Current background info.:
CKQ Reunion 2017
Alto, Tenor and baritone saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase has been a part of Boston’s jazz scene for more than thirty years. After private studies with Stan Strickland and Roswell Rudd, Kohlhase moved permanently to Boston in 1980 from his native New Hampshire. In 1989 he formed the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet, a band that worked around Boston and toured nationally for a dozen years. Kohlhase has recently been leading two ensembles: the Explorer’s Club, an octet with two reeds, trumpet, tuba, piano, guitar, bass and drums and the Saxophone Support Group, a woodwind octet that plays saxophone-oriented compositions by Julius Hemphill, Steve Lacy, John Tchicai and Kohlhase. 2009 saw the release of the Explorers Club CD “Adventures” on Vermont’s Boxholder label. Kohlhase also co-led groups with the late, great Danish/ Congolese saxophonist John Tchicai for New England tours in 1993, 1997, 1998, 2003 and 2006. Kohlhase was a member of Boston’s Either/Orchestra from 1987 to 2001, playing throughout North America, Europe and Russia. Recent sideman activities have included work with the Makanda Project, a large ensemble dedicated to performing unrecorded compositions by the late woodwind player/composer Makanda Ken McIntyre, bassist Kit Demos’ Flame-Tet and trumpeter Daniel Rosenthal’s Quintet. Kohlhase, along with Dave Douglas and Roswell Rudd, was an artist-in-residence at Harvard during Spring 2003. In May 2003, Kohlhase recorded with Anthony Braxton’s Genome Project and in June worked with violinist/composer Leroy Jenkins at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. Kohlhase rejoined the Either/Orchestra in 2008 and has worked with them along with Ethio-Jazz greats Mahmoud Ahmed, Mulatu Astatke, Alemayhu Eschete and Teshome Mitiku in venues ranging from Chicago to London, Toronto to Germany, and Holland to Ethiopia. Kohlhase has also been active on local radio for 20+ years, hosting his “Research & Development” jazz program on WMBR-FM in Cambridge, and moonlighting behind the scenes at Boston's WBUR-FM.  Kohlhase directs the Modern American Music Repertory Ensemble at Longy School of Music in Cambridge. 

John Carlson
 is a jazz trumpet soloist, composer and teacher/clinician. He has achieved international recognition through tours and recordings with Slavic Soul Party, Grammy-nominated Either Orchestra, the Machito Orchestra, the Palladium Orchestra (Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Machito), the Ken Shaphorst Ensemble, the David Berkman/John Carlson Duo and Friendly Fires. Co-leader of Dharma Nau, Perfumed Scorpion and Free Range Rat, Carlson is also a member of the Frank Carlberg/Nicholas Urie City Band, William Gagliardi Quintet, Citizen Quintet (Rob Reddy) and Slavic Soul Party. Carlson has been a featured soloist and performed and/or recorded with a wide assortment of jazz artists including Bob Brookmeyer, Julius Hemphill, Sam Rivers, Chocolate Armeteros, John Tchicai, Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Tito Puente, Mike Stern, Cab Calloway, Burton Green, Butch Morris, Warren Smith, Billy Hart, Jay Rosen, Douglas Yates, Joanne Brackeen, Matt Wilson, Armen Donelian and John Medeski​.
A veteran of the New England jazz scene and highly regarded jazz educator, bassist John Turner has performed and recorded with such luminaries as the Ether/Orchestra, Scott Hamilton, Roswell Rudd, Lee Konitz, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, members of Ornette Coleman’s band, and White Heat Swing Orchestra as well as with Magic Dick, The J. Geils Band, and Blues Time. Turner is an on-going member of 5 time Grammy nominated Roomful of Blues.

Matt Langley
, originally from Eliot, ME, is a musician, graphic designer/web geek and dedicated music educator. He is currently performing with a number of groups in the Maine/New Hampshire areaHis "live visual jazz" group In Ears ‘n Eyes is dedicated to exploring the connection between aural and visual art. Besides Langley, the group also includes visual jazz artist Roger Goldenberg, along with a host of seacoast musicians including Taylor O’Donnell, Chris Klaxton, Scott Kiefner, Jonny Peiffer and others. The group performs at schools, concert halls and clubs, and everywhere they perform, they encourage the audience to explore with them the language and concepts of visual art and music. Langley has also recorded with Ron Carter, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Chris Wood, Roswell Rudd, among others, and he performs regularly with Tonkin Toys. Langley teaches saxophone, clarinet and flute, as well as beginning trumpet, trombone and piano. He is a member of the Shaker Road School (Concord, NH) music department, and since 2010, he has been honing his skills as a youth band instrument and piano instructor. As a member of the Portsmouth (NH) Music and Arts Center faculty, Langley conducts youth jazz ensembles, adult beginner and intermediate jazz ensembles, and improvisation classes. He is also on the faculty of the Concord (NH) Community Music School. Langley also has a large number of private students.  

Subtle yet dynamic (and playful), internationally renowned drummer, Matt Wilson gained a strong reputation with his debut recording as a leader, a 1996 set for the Palmetto Records label that prominently featured tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman. Today, Wilson is the drummer of choice for so many recording artists, both veterans and new talent. His prolific discography iendless. Wilson studied at Wichita State University and spent time in the Midwest, both as a freelancer and as a teacher. In 1987 he moved to Boston, where he was soon playing with the Either/Orchestra and the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet. In 1992 Wilson relocated to New York, where he started playing regularly with Redman, as well as with Cecil McBee, Lee Konitz, Fred Hersch, Tim Hagans, Ingrid Jensen, and others, appearing on a couple dozen records as a sideman. His headlining recordings include 1998's Going Once, Going Twice and 1999's Smile. His Arts & Crafts followed in early 2001. After releasing another quartet album with 2003's Humidity, Wilson returned to his Arts & Crafts ensemble with 2004's Wake Up! (To What's Happening). He stuck with the same group for The Scenic Route, released in 2007, the same year that Big Picture was issued on the Cryptogramophone label by Trio M, a freewheeling collaborative group featuring Wilson along with pianist Myra Melford and bassist Mark Dresser. In 2009, Wilson returned to his own quartet lineup for That's Gonna Leave a Mark. Wilson delivered the holiday-themed Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O in 2010. A year later, Wilson appeared on the Trio M album, Guest House. In 2012, he returned to his Arts & Crafts ensemble with the album An Attitude for Gratitude. Wilson next paired with pianist John Medeski for 2014's Gathering Call. His most recent 2016 Big Happy Family is in tribute to his late wife Felicia.   

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