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Bop Shop Records presents: BIRTH
Tuesday, April 30th  8pm
Bop Shop Records 1460 Monroe Ave.
Rochester NY 
$15 at the door/ $10 for students

Joshua Smith, sax
Joe Tomino, drums
Jeremy Bleich, bass


From 1998 to 2004 Birth, the Cleveland/New York based saxophone,
electric bass, drums trio, carved a musical niche with the sound of their
no-holds-barred creative music.
Their music evolved from youthful, unrestrained, often “sensationalized” (in
the words of Joe Maneri) displays of prodigious outbursts on their
instruments, to later, a hybrid of powerful, yet highly sensitive
improvisation and composition that garnered attention and praise from
some of the leading voices of the avant-garde jazz and creative music world.

A favorite of Cleveland jazz writer and folk icon Harvey Pekar, their music
lead Harvey to proclaim that birth was “So good that it’s scary.”
“Awesome and magnificent” lauded The Wire. John Zorn wrote “The
music is strong, as is the group.” They were voted best Cleveland band of
all time by the outgoing editors from the Cleveland Free Times in its final
Birth released four records during their tenure to critical acclaim, including
two studio records, as well as collections of live recordings.
The trio toured in the US and Europe, constantly evolving their music and
sound. They regularly performed at NYC’s Knitting Factory as well as other
hubs of creative jazz including Tonic, and Chicago’s Empty Bottle. They
presented countless concerts in Cleveland, bringing to town cohorts who
were some of the finest in improvised and creative music, and inspired a
younger generation of musicians who have gone on to establish
themselves in the creative music world.
After a performance at the High Mayhem Festival in Santa Fe New Mexico
in 2004, the group went on an indefinite hiatus as its members disbursed
to various corners of the country. Saxophonist Joshua Smith relocated to
San Francisco, California where he had performed with various groups
under his own direction and as a sideman, Jeremy Bleich relocated to the
Southwest, and has lived and performed music for the past eight years in
Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Joe Tomino anchored in New York City and
pursued studio and touring projects that have brought him into a variety of
notable realms.
“Birth kicks jazz in the butt” – AMG
“Birth probes and products every orifice” – Jambands.com
“Often telepathic and always captivating” – Arts 4 All
”So Good, It’s Scary” – Harvey Pekar JazzIs Magazine

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