Expressions of Love
JAN WHEATON BIO NOVEMBER, 2005 Jan Wheaton, one of Madison's longtime favorite songstresses is a transplant from Cherryvale, Kansas, where she was born. She first performed publicly at the age of eight. Jan's mother, an accomplished musician herself, gave her daughter both piano and voice lessons for about nine years. Jan also played clarinet in high school, but only because it allowed her to be in the marching band!! (That was long before the age of the portable keyboard!) After high school, it was off to the University of Kansas at Lawrence, where she received a B.A. in microbiology. Her earliest influences as a vocalist were Carmen McRae and Nancy Wilson, who later led her into a strong appreciation for the work of Billy Holliday, Dinah Washington, and more recently Roberta Flack, divas Schurr and Kraal, and others. While in School at KU, she worked frequently with a jazz trio (at a local tavern). During those years, she also appeared at the legendary BLUE ROOM in Kansas City, Mo., with the late Reginald Buckner and in Lawrence with the Carmel Jones Trio. Performing has been irregular but constant since arriving in Madison in 1964. She has worked with well-known area musicians such as the late Ted Jackson, John Thulin, Joan Wildman, Dave Stoler, Hans Sturm, Hanah Jon Taylor, Cliff Frederickson, Jane Reynolds, and Harris Lemberg, and has performed in most of Madison's clubs during the past 30+ years. She 'opened' Betty Carter's 1982 concert, and has been a frequent participant in local charitable benefits. She appeared with 'Richard Davis and Friends' at world-famous SWEET BASIL jazz club in New York in 1989. Her 1989 release, 'SMALL WORLD, ISN'T IT?' featuring pianist Peter Lundberg, bassist Richard Davis, and Percussionists Jim Latimer and Michael Weiss, is still available locally. Her CD . . . 'LOVE'S 3 FACES' . . . with Harris Lemberg is available from the artists. Wheaton was the 2001 'Isthmus Jazz Personality of the Year', the recipient of the 2005 Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) 'Lifetime Achievement Award,' and the MAMA award for 'Best Female Vocalist' for 2005. Currently, she has her own quintet, and can be found many evenings at various area clubs. Jan now has a M.S. in bacteriology, and is an Emerita Assistant Dean of Students at UW-Madison. When she is not at the fitness center, she now spends the bulk of her time in pursuit of that 'after-hours thing'. She has developed into a unique song-stylist . . . . Madison is very proud! MATAN RUBINSTEIN BIO NOVEMBER 2005 Born in Israel in 1975, Matan began his involvement with music from a young age receiving classical training for piano. At age 15, having been exposed to the work of Cecil Taylor and other music of the Jazz Avant-garde, he turned to improvisation as a primary interest. Increasingly interested in composition, he studied with Andre Hajdu and Menachem Wisenberg, and after a move to New York City, he received his BM from the Manhattan School of Music's Jazz Composition program and is currently completing his DMA in composition and teaching music theory at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he is a University Fellow. Matan has composed music in a variety of contexts and venues: from works for orchestra and chamber groups (with and without electronics), to Jazz Orchestras and combos, to Electronica, as well as projects for film, television and interactive media. He has been active internationally as a pianist and a Synthesizer/ electronics operator in Jazz and Contemporary concert music. Recent projects include playing engagements with the Hanah Jon Taylor Artet and jazz singer Jan Wheaton, premiering his own Modular Music Ensemble, a Nine-piece Genre-bending group, and a commission for a 72-minute work for the Li Chiao Ping Dance Company. Matan lives in Madison, Wisconsin. 'EXPRESSIONS OF LOVE' LINER NOTES Let's go hear Jan and Matan! Those words started many evenings of top quality jazz for my friends and me. I've had the good fortune to know Jan Wheaton and her work for many years. And recently I have discovered the mastery of the keyboard that Matan Rubenstein wields. Fortunately, for us, Expressions of Love documents their work together. They swing together through standards and some not so familiar works. Matan constantly urges Jan on with his excellent comping. Jan's phrasing challenges and elevates Matan's playing. The musical mind reading and interplay between the two makes their work special. Their adeptness and spontaneity are the essence of good jazz performance. There's nothing like a live performance if you really love music. But when you can't get out, listen to Expressions of Love. Many of Jan's long-time favorites remind you of an evening at a local club. Both the ballads and the swingers give you a taste of Jan and Matan at their best. You can't wear out the grooves in a CD, but if you could, I would wear them out in this one. John Kraniak Host and Producer 'Entertainment' Classic Jazz and Swing 89.9 WORT-FM, Madison, Wisconsin PRESS RELEASE SEPTEMBER 15, 2005 Jazz Vocalist Jan Wheaton, a mainstay of the Madison jazz scene, teamed up with pianist Rubenstein two years ago. Since then they have performed together regularly in many settings, including concerts, festivals and clubs. They have consistently drawn enthusiastic reviews for their work together. Expressions of Love documents the duo's collaboration. They swing together through standards and some not so familiar works. Rubenstein constantly urges Wheaton on with his excellent comping. The musical mind reading and interplay between the two makes their work special. Their adeptness and spontaneity are the essence of good jazz performance.