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June 22, 2010

First Annual Albert Ayler Festival

New Yorkers have it made! With the addition of the Vision Festival going on now, the lucky bastards are also able to attend the First Annual Albert Ayler Festival in celebration of his 74th birthday anniversary. The likes of Giuseppi Logan, Charles Gayle, the Flow Trio, and notable others will be performing. The happening will take place July 10 at the Riverwalk Commons, Roosevelt Island, New York and AMAZINGLY, IT'S ALL FREE!!!

In celebration of the life and music of legendary free-jazz tenor-saxophonist Albert Ayler, ESP-Disk’ and Issue Project Room, in conjunction with Roosevelt L!ve have curated a day-long free concert, Saturday July 10th from 2-10pm, in honor of the groundbreaking musician’s 74th birthday. With performances by some of the most prolific artists dedicated to pushing the boundaries in the avant-jazz world the same way Ayler did over 40 years ago, this festival will feature sets from The New Atlantis Sextet with Marshall Allen, William Hooker, Charles Gayle, Gunter Hampel, Giuseppi Logan, and more all taking place at RiverWalk Commons on picturesque Roosevelt Island: NYC’s Best Kept Secret.

The outdoor festival will also feature a record fair with a variety of new and used vinyl vendors hosted by ESP-Disk’s own in-house retail operation, ESP Records. Great live music, a great selection of vinyl & CDs, great food from the local Roosevelt Island restaurants and a view of Manhattan that can’t be beat. What more could a music lover want on a summer day?

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