Uri Caine Trio and Don Byron in concert


First part – New York Stories
Uri Caine, piano
Don Byron, clarinet and tenor saxophone


Second part – Live at the Village Vanguard
Uri Caine, piano
Kenny Davis, double bass
Ben Perowsky, drums

A special concert to mark the conclusion of the XV edition of “Dedica”:  a performance by two extraordinary musicians from the international jazz scene, Uri Caine and Don Byron. The two musicians have worked together for more than two decades: Don Byron has played on seven of Uri Caine’s albums, underlining the ongoing perfect understanding between two musicians who are very similar for their intelligence, curiosity and eclectic talent.  Caine and Byron perform their musical homage to Paul Auster in New York – the ideal backdrop to the stories recounted by the novelist. Don Byron has close links with Paul Auster – not simply for their years-long friendship, but also for his rôle, as both musician and actor, in Auster’s film Lulu on the bridge.


In the second part of the concert, featuring the Uri Caine Trio, the atmosphere of New York is tinged by new arrangements of some of the great standards as well as a number of original compositions included in the album Live at Village Vanguard, which was recorded in the historic jazz club of the same name. This is an ideal musical experience in one of the most famous cult venues.


Uri Caine
pianist and composer, was born in Philadelphia. He began to study piano under Bernard Pfeiffer, who introduced him to composing and jazz arrangements. After moving to New York, Caine soon became a part of the city’s extraordinary jazz scene, recording his first albums as a soloist and, towards the end of the 1990s, developing new arrangements of some of the classic composers – from Mahler and Bach to Wagner and Schumann –  which quickly brought his work to the attention of public and critics alike. Later, he began to work with a number of important artistes, including Don Byron, who shares his interest in researching the classical repertoire of traditional Yiddish music. In 2003 he was appointed Director of the Venice Music Biennale. Caine has recorded a large number of albums in a variety of musical genres.


Website for Uri Caine



Don Byron
New York clarinet and saxophone player, was a child prodigy. On completing his studies, he graduated in clarinet, and perfected his style playing with Latin jazz bands, soon becoming one of the leading promoters of New York’s jazz scene. He has played with many famous musicians, including Bill Frisell, David Murray, Cassandra Wilson, Steve Lacy, Steve Coleman and Uri Caine, also directing major festivals and appearing in films by Robert Altman (Kansas City) and Paul Auster. He has recorded a number of highly-successful albums, such as Music for Six MusiciansBug MusicRomance with the Unseen and Do the Boomerang, using his enormous talent to create a blend of traditional jazz with Latin music, funk from the 1970s and klezmer.


Don Byron on Wikipedia  >>



Kenny Davis
Chicago-born jazz bassist, graduated in Musical Education at the Northeastern Illinois University. As a keen lover of jazz, he moved to New York where he was soon playing with major artistes such as Freddy Hubbard, Cassandra Wilson, Diane Reeves, Abbey Lincoln, Art Farmer, Kevin Eubanks and Herbie Hancock. His playing is complemented by his teaching activities as professor at the University of Connecticut.


Kenny Davis on Wikipedia  >>



Ben Perowsky
New York-born drummer, began playing with many of the true legends of Jazz, including James Moody, David Leibman and Roy Ayers, as soon as he finished his studies. Perowsky has recorded many albums with musicians such as Don Byron, Chris Potter, Dave Douglas Quartet, Selif Keita, John Cale, Mike Stern, Bob Berg and Michael Brecker.  He recently began to explore new avenues in music with his new group, the Ben Perowsky Trio.


Website for Ben Perowsky

Saturday 4 April, 20:45

Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi

Pordenone - Viale Franco Martelli, 2