Herbie Nichols SUNG
Michael Attias-alto & baritone sax
Ratzo Harris – bass
Rudy Royston – drums
+ Fay Victor – voice
Achim Kaufmann – piano
Tobias Delius – tenor saxophone and clarinet
Fay Victor’s roots are firmly from the the jazz tradition and for the past 15 years Victor has spent an extensive amount of time learning, developing and writing lyrics for the compositions of Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols. Herbie Nichols’ compositions combined Victor’s lyrics spurned the project Herbie Nichols SUNG. This group performs regularly around New York and Victor is the only New York based musician consistently playing the compositions of Herbie Nichols with a top notch group and an open joyous way into Nichols compositions. In February 2016, Victor recorded the Herbie Nichols project LIVE in Amsterdam (The Bimhuis) and Koln (the Loft) with pianist Achim Kaufmann and reedist Tobias Delius. Look for a release of this project in 2017. There are plans in the works to record the New York based quintet in the future.
In Praise of Ornette
In Praise of Ornette is a project devoted to the music of Ornette Coleman, featuring Kenny Wessel – guitar, Sean Conly – double bass, Darius Jones – alto saxophone and Fay Victor – vocals and arrangements.
The ExPosed Blues Duo
The Exposed Blues Duo is collaboration between guitarist Anders Nilsson and Fay Victor that has become an improvising blues duo using true blues, blues based material and all the wails and flails they can muster. With pieces ranging from the Rev. Gary Davis, Leroy Carr, Elmer Snowden, Herbie Nichols and Memphis Slim alongside free improvisation and original tunes. In December 2007 the duo was invited to perform at the Winter Nights festival in Marseille, France run by an improvising collective based there. THE BLUES was the theme that year and this was where the ExPosed Blues Duo was born. The electrifying set the duo performed was thrilling – the packed house wouldn’t go home after four encores! Since then the duo has been performing around New York at venues such as the 55 Bar, The Cake Shop, the Brecht Forum, The Stone, The Local 269 and Barbes. The duo performed in Chicago at the Elastic and the Velvet Lounge in April 2010, turns out not too long before the passing of Chicago stalwart and tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson which in turn has caused the club t close late in 2010. The Exposed Blues Duo’s long awaited debut recording BARE was released in August of 2010 and received rave reviews in the New York Times, Time Out New York and more. The EBD CD release in September of 2010 was a resounding success as well!
The 55 BAR Monthly Residency
For the last four years, Fay Victor has had a monthly performance at the famed 55BAR in New York City, home to incredible musicians such as Mike and Leni Stern, Wayne Krantz, Steve Bernstein and was a favorite haunt of avant garde piano genius Cecil Taylor. Victor has been associated with the club since 2005 when former owner Queva Lutz was generous to give Victor gigs in the venue all they while developing music for the Fay Victor Ensemble, the ExPosed Blues DUO and the Jazz Vault which turned into Herbie Nichols SUNG. After a long and regular association with the club, in 2012 and on her birthday to boot, Victor started a monthly residency on the last Thursday of every month. Since then Victor has mixed it up and has featured a wide range of musicians including her working groups plus special ad hoc groupings that turn into amazing musical happenings. Check the performance page often for what coming up next at the 55BAR.
Over the years, Victor’s featured musicians such as Tyshawn Sorey, Cooper Moore, William Parker, Roy Nathanson, Marty Erhlich, Aruan Ortiz, Anthony Coleman, Jose Davila, Ratzo Harris, Ken Filiano, Anders Nilsson, Sam Newsome, Reggie Nicholson, Daniel Carter and more…