Pianist Cyrus von Hochstetter and jazz saxophone player Austin Becker have played music together professionally as well as unprofessionally for many years. More recently, they set off to explore the gray zone between classical and jazz music, free compositions and structured improvisations, high brow and low bro’. The duo performs rearranged versions of music by seemingly disparate composers such as Ellington and Schönberg as well as Cyrus von H’s original music.

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Pianist, composer, singer and bandleader Cyrus von Hochstetter displays a uniquely personal musical style, reflecting his extensive training in classical and jazz, yet steeped in a multitude of influences and genres. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, he has performed as a soloist, with ensembles and with his own band in the US, Europe and Israel.

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Austin Becker is a New York saxophonist whose distinctive musical sound, warmth, and personality have filled rooms around the globe from Dizzy’s Club Coca­Cola ­ Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York) to Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Kulturclub (Zürich), and Neringa (Vilnius) jazz clubs.

Internationally recognized as both a sideman and a leader, Austin also teaches and presents clinics for NYC metro area students in order to educate younger musicians on the performance styles, historical significance, and cultural relevance of jazz. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music (B.M., M.M.) and Columbia University (Ed.M.). Austin’s musical conception and sound was heavily influenced from a young age under direct mentorship from Dick Oatts, Steve Wilson, Bob Mintzer, and John Riley.

When? November 3rd, 7:30 PM.
Where? St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher Street, NY., NYC. Take the number 1 train to Christopher Street / Sheridan Square.
How much? The suggested donation at the door is $5 for Seniors, $15 for Adults.

For more information and the full fall program log on to www.facebook.com/stjohnspresents or send an email to music@stjohnsnyc.org.

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St. John’s Presents brings a variety of music to the heart of The Village. This season you’ll be treated to a mix of classical, modern jazz and world music.

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