Friday, August 6, 2010

Ornette Coleman festival at the Jazz Gallery

If I were in NYC, I would go to this.

From Jim Eigo:

Celebrating Ornette Coleman: Jimmy Katz Presents in co-production with The Jazz Gallery
An intimate three-day festival, September 24-26, 2010

The Jazz Gallery
290 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 242-1063

Featuring seven acclaimed bands and a Coleman-themed exhibit of photos by festival co-producer Jimmy Katz.

The Jazz Gallery, in tandem with noted photographer Jimmy Katz, will celebrate the music and life of Ornette Coleman at the Jazz Gallery in New York on September 24-26, 2010. The event, “Celebrating Ornette Coleman,” will feature great musicians playing music composed or inspired by the legendary saxophonist, who has expressed deep support for the event.

Katz, also a sound engineer, created the festival to honor a man who has broken all boundaries and led the way since the 1950s to the creative improvised music we enjoy today. This event is the first in a series of festivals dedicated to musicians whose artistry changed the course of jazz. The festival will be recorded, and to further a mission to support and promote jazz artists,  the musicians will own the masters.

All the featured musicians have unique musical statements to make in honor of the great Ornette Coleman. The artists are:
Trio Lovano Super Sonix (Joe Lovano, Cameron Brown, Joey Baron)
Mark Turner Quartet (Avishai Cohen, Joe Martin, Marcus Gilmore)
Kevin Hays Quartet (Seamus Blake, Ben Street, Jochen Rueckert)
Nasheet Waits and Equality (Stanley Cowell, Eric Revis, Logan Richardson)
Jonathan Blake Trio (Wayne Escoffery, Matt Brewer)
Logan Richardson/Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
Joel Frahm Trio (Martin Wind and Matt Wilson)

Katz did not limit the lineup to saxophonists. “The leaders were asked to dedicate their performance to Ornette Coleman, and were given no direction more than that. The idea is that the format be open and in his spirit.”

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