Pharoah Sanders Quartet

Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 PM Pharoah Sanders Quartet $25/Adv $28/Door No Comps Doors and dinner at 6:00 PM “…probably the best tenor player in the world…” – Ornette Coleman Free-jazz pioneer/saxophonist Pharoah Sanders got his start playing with Sun Ra, rose to fame in John Coltrane’s group and was given his stage name by Amiri Baraka. With that company, it’s only natural that he would rise to such cultural significance. His intense avant-leaning phrasing has become a touchstone of free-jazz, his collaborations with Coltrane were monumental to both artists, and his classic 1960’s and 70’s Impulse Records discography has cultivated legions of followers to his singular style. He continues to tour and record, representing a golden age in jazz, while still looking steadily towards the future. William Henderson – piano Nat Reeves – bass Joe Farnsworth –...

Pharoah Sanders Quartet

Wednesday, April 3, 9:00 PM Pharoah Sanders Quartet $25/Adv $28/Door No Comps Doors at 8:30 PM “…probably the best tenor player in the world…” – Ornette Coleman Free-jazz pioneer/saxophonist Pharoah Sanders got his start playing with Sun Ra, rose to fame in John Coltrane’s group and was given his stage name by Amiri Baraka. With that company, it’s only natural that he would rise to such cultural significance. His intense avant-leaning phrasing has become a touchstone of free-jazz, his collaborations with Coltrane were monumental to both artists, and his classic 1960’s and 70’s Impulse Records discography has cultivated legions of followers to his singular style. He continues to tour and record, representing a golden age in jazz, while still looking steadily towards the future. William Henderson – piano Nat Reeves – bass Joe Farnsworth –...
Donny McCaslin Group

Donny McCaslin Group

Monday, March 4, 7:00 PM Donny McCaslin Group $20/Adv $23/Door Doors and dinner at 6:00 PM “… heavy gauge but hyper-articulate jazz-rock…” – New York Times Donny McCaslin’s steady rise, from young saxophone tyro – touring with vibraphone legend Gary Burton in the early ’90s – to world-class performer, is no surprise to anyone who witnessed his playing when he was a teenaged musician growing up in Santa Cruz.  Now, with his tenth album, Casting for Gravity, McCaslin puts forth an energetic, acoustic/electronic soundscape comprised of otherworldly melodies underscored with driving rhythms, a 21st century vision for the shape of jazz to come. Donny’s current group is an excellent lineup of musicians that includes keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and drummer Nate Smith....
Chris Potter Quartet

Chris Potter Quartet

Monday, February 25, 7:00 PM Chris Potter Quartet $25/Adv $28/Door No Comps Sponsored by Logos Books and Records Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM  “…one of the most dynamic young players in jazz.” – Chicago Tribune Since bursting onto the New York scene in 1989, saxophonist Chris Potter has become a force of nature as a player, composer and arranger.  His accomplishments include sixteen albums as a leader with guest appearances on over 150 albums. He has gained accolades from the likes of Sonny Rollins, Dave Liebman and countless other saxophone icons.  Despite having collaborated with Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock, John Scofield and more, the true nature of Potter’s talents can best be seen with his quartet. His newest release, The Sirens (March 2013) is Potter’s ECM debut as a leader, an album of mood and melody inspired by The Odyssey – both its epic atmosphere and its timeless humanity. This date includes Potter on tenor and soprano saxophones and bass clarinet, David Virelles (piano), Larry Grenadier (bass) and Eric Harland (drums). Potter declaims lyrical lines over the dynamically inventive rhythm section, as coloristic keyboards shimmer like stars in the night sky....
Joe Lovano Us Five: Feat. James Weidman, Esperanza Spalding, Otis Brown III & Francisco Mela

Joe Lovano Us Five: Feat. James Weidman, Esperanza Spalding, Otis Brown III & Francisco Mela

SOLD OUT! Monday, January 28, 7:00 PM Joe Lovano Us Five Featuring James Weidman, Esperanza Spalding, Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela $25/Adv  $28/Door No comps Sponsored by Mateo Lettunich Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM “… punchy post-bop…” – The New York Times Joe Lovano is among the most prolific of today’s saxophonists. His musical curiosity has no bounds. Regardless of artist style or genre, from the funk grooves of Dr. Lonnie Smith to the avant-garde explorations of Paul Motian and Bill Frisell, Lovano’s intuitive musicianship allows him to fit with any situation and he always delivers “the goods.” His current group, Us Five, is unusual in that it utilizes two drummers. The duo drumming team of Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela create a polyrhythmic stew, allowing bassist Esperanza Spalding, pianist James Weidman and Lovano, to solo freely over a percussive framework. The quintet’s third release, Crossroads, will be released on January 8, 2013 on the Blue Note Label. This is Lovano’s 23rd release for Blue Note....