Eliot Zigmund/Soartet featuring Rick Savage, trumpet, David Janeway, piano, David Kingsnorth, bass.
"The Soartet was born of four musician's desire to play in a relatively safe environment during the height of the pandemic. Work had seriously diminished with the lockdown, clubs closed or went out of business, commercial work dried up, and playing "sessions", the large volume of which have always been unique to our New York City metropolitan area, had also dropped precipitously with players' desire to stay safe and uninfected by Covid. We all knew each other from past associations and decided to create a musical bubble, playing once a week over a period of approximately two years. We masked except for Rick, our trumpet player, while playing, tested regularly and played and played and played! We also recorded many of our sessions. The playing was very simpatico, big fun and a great learning experience for all of us. The idea for a band was born quickly among us, the end result being the Soartet.
This collective has a unique sound with a nice blend of moods, textures and feels within a unique repertoire of originals and standard tunes. We have been able to keep our jazz muscles strong and supple, our initial goal, as well as develop an ensemble with an original sound and an intimacy that comes from hundreds of hours playing and, more recently, performing together."
Soartet is comprised of veteran NYC jazz musicians that have worked and/or recorded with Bill Evans, Michel Petrucciani, Stan Getz, Tania Maria, Art Farmer, The Supremes, John Abercrombie, Nancy Wilson, Tony Bennet, Gerry Mulligan, Blood Sweat & Tears, Sonny Fortune, Billy Hart, Benny Golson and many others. They are seasoned jazz educators and have performed workshops and clinics throughout the US and abroad.