From an update from Peter Hand about our friends Joe and Nancy Marciano~wonderful people-thank you for everything!
Recent WCS releases include:
Transcendence” Benito Gonzalez, Gerry Gibbs, Essiet Okon Essiet
“92 Years Young: Jammin’ at the Gibbs House” Terry Gibbs
“Steppin’ Up” The Eric Hargett Trio featuring Joey DeFrancesco and Gerry Gibbs
“Thrasher Dream Trio Live in Studio” Gerry Gibbs, Ron Carter, Kenny Barron + guests
News- Systems Two Recording Studios Closed
As some of you may know, there’s been an unexpected development at Systems Two. It won’t affect the quality of the finished album, but it will take somewhat longer than expected to be completed.
A few weeks ago, Systems Two owners Joe and Nancy Marciano broke the news that after 44 years they were retiring and going out of business. Buyers had been approaching them to sell the studio building in an increasingly gentrified, “hot” area of Brooklyn. Although the recording business was something they loved dearly, Nancy and Joe decided it was the right thing to do at the right time.
However, following the recording sessions, the mixing and mastering of my album was not yet completed when the studio ceased operation. The good news is that Mike Marciano is not retiring, and he will continue with current and new projects.
Systems Two has been one of the most renowned studios for hundreds of jazz and classical artists, and Mike Marciano is recognized as one of the best in the business. With Systems Two closing, he’s arranged to work as an independent engineer at Samurai Studios in Astoria, Queens. He’s also relocated all the equipment from the Systems Two “B” control room to his home on Long Island, creating a replica of the mixing/editing/mastering studio…
For more info visit http://wbgo.org/post/systems-two-recording-prolific-and-pivotal-studio-brooklyn-quietly-closes-its-doors#stream/0
Sign the petition here to have the Williamsburg bridge renamed the Sonny Rollins bridge here
Support renaming the Williamsburg Bridge as the Sonny Rollins Williamsburg Bridge in honor of an outstanding New Yorker, the jazz legend Sonny Rollins, who practiced daily on the Williamsburg Bridge from the summer of 1959 to the fall of 1961. At that time, Mr. Rollins was living at 400 Grand Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and through reflection and discipline, adjusted his path and purpose, becoming a model of self-determination and resilience for all New Yorkers.
About the Williamsburg Bridge:
The Williamsburg Bridge is one of the major crossings of the East River, carrying approximately 140,000 motorists, 92,000 transit riders, 600 cyclists, and 500 pedestrians daily between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and serving some of the busiest arteries in New York City. Currently, the bridge carries four two-lane vehicular roadways, a south roadway (inner and outer) and north roadway (inner and outer), with two rapid transit tracks (J, M, and Z subway lines) in between. A walkway and a bikeway also run across the bridge.
About Sonny Rollins:
Sonny Rollins is a jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, and bandleader who has been making music for over six decades. Born in Harlem in 1930, Mr. Rollins is a musical pioneer who has helped jazz bridge the different eras of bebop, hard bop, fusion, free jazz, avant-garde, and post bop. He is considered by many to be the greatest improviser to have ever lived. Rollins is currently 87 years and a living legend from the golden age of jazz.
About the Sonny Rollins Bridge Project:
The Sonny Rollins Bridge Project seeks to rename the Williamsburg Bridge to commemorate Rollins’ musical sabbatical there from 1959-1961. The project was begun in March 2016 and the effort has received news coverage around the world, including publications in Brazil, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The project is working closely with New York City and State representatives to introduce legislation to officially rename the bridge to the Sonny Rollins Williamsburg Bridge.