The Story: NYC Quintet, Saturday October 24th at The Cove in Westport

The Cove, Westport,  8-11pm 613-273-3636  www.coveinn.com

The Story is an acoustic/electric performance collective based in Brooklyn,NY consisting of an international ensemble of five unique and extraordinary musicians/composers from diverse cultural backgrounds: Lars Dietrich from Amsterdam, Holland, Samir Zarif from Houston, United States, John Escreet from London, United Kingdom, Zack Lober from Montreal, Canada, and Greg Ritchie from Saint John, Canada.


“The Group makes unfettered music that impresses with its daring and trust”

– Paul Gessel for Ottawa Citizen


In addition to regularly performing in New York, The Story frequently tours throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Some of the performance highlights include: Town Hall (New York), Bimhuis (Amsterdam), North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam) Upstairs Jazz Club (Montreal), 55Bar (New York), Cachaca (New York), The Rex (Toronto), JID (Holland), as well as clinics for: University of New Orleans (New Orleans), McGill University (Montreal), and Humber College (Toronto). In addition to a busy performance schedule The Story has recorded for such international radio broadcasts as CBC Jazzbeat, VPRO Jazzradio, and Jazz in Duketown (Netherlands).

After being awarded a prestigious grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, Greg Ritchie arrived in New York in 2003 and quickly began making a solid reputation for himself as a highly sought after sideman. After performing and recording as a regular band member of the illustrious Jill Scott Band and Jason Marsalis Group, Samir Zarif came to New York in search of a place where his highly personal and poignant voice would be able to flourish. In 2005, both Lars Dietrich and Zack Lober were offered full scholarships to the prestigious and highly regarded Manhattan School of Music. In addition, they were both awarded multiple grants from their respective countries. John Escreet, a London native, was rewarded a Scholarship to study in New York after having been one of the most revered, sought after and rewarded pianists in the London Jazz circuit.


“Dietrich and Zarif belong to the next generation of up and coming new saxophonists” – Jazz and more – Jazz Magazine


Lars HGH Dietrich, a renowned alto saxophonist from Amsterdam, has many accolades in the jazz world including competition awards in Holland and for the DownBeat Magazine’s ‘DownBeat College Soloist Award’ in May 2007. He has also performed with the likes of Herbie Hancock and Joe Lovano.

Samir Zarif is an extraordinary tenor saxophonist hailing originally from Houston, Texas. Samir made his debut as a jazz artist in New Orleans and moved to New York City shortly thereafter. Zarif’s discography ranges from Jill Scott’s “Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol.2” to his debut as a Fresh Sounds recording artist on his CD entitled “The Paislies.”

John Escreet moved from London to New York in September 2006 and is already making waves in the jazz scene. In addition to being an active member of “The Story” he performs regularly with many of today’s greatest jazz musicians, such as David Binney and Ari Hoenig, and has also worked with the likes of Wayne Krantz, Adam Rogers and Seamus Blake, whilst also leading and touring with his own group, ‘The John Escreet Project.’

A native of Montreal, Canada, Zack Lober is a bassist/composer currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He is a co-founder of the groups “The Story” and “Byproduct”, and an active band member with some of the most exciting up and coming artists in the Jazz and Rock fields (Zach Williams, Maria Neckam, John Escreet, and Chet Doxas).  He is also active as an educator and clinician and holds a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music.   As a sideman working in groups led by David Binney he has had the privilege to share the stage with many of NYC’s most respected artists.  He has also toured Europe, Mexico, Canada, and the United States in bands led by Ingrid Jensen, Chet Doxas and John Escreet, as well as with “The Story”.

Greg Ritchie is an exciting young drummer making waves in the New York music scene. He hails from the Canada’s east coast and is busy performing and recording with a wide variety of groups throughout the globe. Greg has performed with many notable musicians including Dave Liebman, Seamus Blake, Vic Juris and Ingrid Jensen, to name just a few.