SSU Jazz Alums Get Five Stars in Downbeat Review

Two former students of jazz faculty Randy Vincent and George Marsh are members of the highly acclaimed group, Zooid, whose latest CD just received a rare five-star review in Downbeat magazine.

The album is Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry, a project of cutting-edge jazz composer Henry Threadgill, and features playing by guitarist Liberty Ellman and drummer Elliot Humberto Kavee. The Downbeat review by is not yet available online but the album has received accolades from The New York Times and, among others.

The London-born Ellman, recipient of the 2011 Downbeat Critics Poll for Rising Star Guitar, lived his earliest years in New York but spent his adolescence and most of his 20s in the Bay Area, emerging with a bachelor of arts degree in Music from SSU.

Before moving to New York, Elliot Humberto Kavee was the drummer of choice among the Bay Area's most gifted creative musicians, playing on over 40 critically acclaimed recordings. In addition, Kavee was a musician, composer, musical director, actor and writer with the Tony award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe for seven years -- the only musical director in the group's 40-year history to win a dramalogue award.

The other members of Zooid are Threadgill on alto sax and flute, Jose Davila on trombone and tuba, Stomu Takeishi on bass guitar and cellist Christopher Hoffman.

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