reorganized in 1987 the New Artists label as a cooperative record company. She has participated in the expansion of this label to include an extensive catalog of CDs, all expressive of the company’s premise and label identity — improvised original music. New Artists Records was featured in the July 2000 Issue of Jazz Times. Connie Crothers appeared at Birdland, New York City, when the club featured the record label with performances by the artist-producers on April 5, 2000. Birdland presented the label on seven consecutive Saturday afternoon performances in May-June 2000; she performed with her quartet featuring singers Linda Satin and Harry Schulz. Birdland will present the label once weekly starting September 2000.
Connie Crothers, pianist, is known for her uncompromising approach to spontaneous improvisation. Seven of her CDs have been chosen by critics for their year’s best lists. Her quartet’s most recent CD, featuring Richard Tabnik, Roger Mancuso, Ratzo Harris– “Music is a Place” –was chosen by Stuart Broomer for his list of the best 10 records of 2007. “Love Energy,” a quartet record with Lenny Popkin, Carol Tristano and Cameron Brown, was voted #1 record of the year in Wire. Connie recorded duo with Max Roach, “Swish,” and performed duo with him at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in Tokyo, and at Harvard University, where she was honored as Visiting Jazz Artist. She has performed solo in the Vision Festival and at Merkin Hall in NYC; the Berlin Jazztage; Jazz at Middleheim, Belgium; DuMaurier International Festival in Toronto; Carnegie Recital Hall. She performed with her band at the JVC New York Jazz Festival, De Singel, Belgium, Bim House, Netherlands. Other performances include appearances with Jemeel Moondoc, Henry Grimes, Kevin Norton, Kazzrie Jaxen, Roscoe Mitchell, Warne Marsh. She performed in the NYC venues Location One, The Stone, Tonic, The Village Vanguard.
From page 11 of the KUNM Albuquerque radio program guide for August 2008:
Thursday August 14 Noon Jazz Regular listeners to my show already know that I am nuts about the music of pianist Connie Crothers. Here’s what saxophonist Nick Lyons has to say about her: “Yeah, playing with Connie is like hanging out in heaven — flying through space — and the deepest trip. She played solo last night at the Vision Festival (NYC) and just filled the room with feeling and beauty — her music goes right through the skin — dissolves any sense of boundary.” Today we’ll be exploring her recordings. Host | Mark Weber.
More on Connie Crothers can be found here…
Following some sound samples from different Connie Crothers NEW ARTISTS RECORDS releases.
Connie Crothers – solo – | Ontology
Connie Crothers – solo – | Etude for the Spirit
These solo tracks are from the Connie Crothers record Music From Everyday Life which can be found here…
Connie Crothers Quartet | Linearity
Connie Crothers Quartet | New York City in the Blue Hour
Connie Crothers Quartet | Carols Dream
These tracks are from the Connie Crothers Quartet record Music Is A Place which can be found here…
New Artists Records presents:
Connie Crothers, Richard Tabnik, Kazzrie Jaxen/Liz Gorill, Max Roach, Lenny Popkin, Carol Liebowitz, Roger Mancuso, Andy Fite, Dori Levine, Charley Krachy, Michael Levy, Virg Dzurinko, Ed Littman, Bob Field, Carol Tristano, Bud Tristano, Harry Schulz, Bob Casanova, Jessica Jones, Linda Satin, Madeline Renard, Dhamma Ace Yamashita, Dick Twardzik, Red Mitchell, Lonnie Leibowitz and others…