Count'em– THREE more world class jazz concerts this summer!
Friday, September 30
Peter Erskine Quartet
TCA – 7:30 PM
George Garzone- Tenor Saxophone; Alan Pasqua-Piano;
Darek Oles- Bass
$30 / $25/Members of TCA and Taos Jazz Bebop Society
“... the epitome of live improvisational jazz, played with both freedom of expression and pure joy.” –Jim Worsley, ALL ABOUT JAZZ
One of the most accomplished and respected drummers in modern jazz, Peter Erskine joined the legendary jazz fusion group Weather Report in 1978. He then joined Steps Ahead with Michael Brecker. Over his remarkably varied career he has worked with Chick Corea, Eliane Elias, Diana Krall, George Cables, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Don Grolnick, Joni Mitchell, Eddie Daniels, and many many others.
Saxophonist George Garzone is recognized as one of jazz’s great tenor players. According to Michael Brecker, “I’m not the master of the saxophone– George Garzone is”. In addition to his performance career, he has mentored and taught saxophone stars Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, and many others.
In addition to acoustic jazz piano, Alan Pasqua demonstrated his keyboard mastery in the mid-70s, working with guitar legend Allan Holdsworth in the New Tony Williams Lifetime. He has recorded with Erskine on numerous releases.
Darek Oles, originally from Poland, has become one of the most sought-after bassists on the West Coast, working with Charles Lloyd, Bennie Maupin, Brad Mehldau and a host of others.
Sunday, August 7 Matinée
Greg Abate Quartet
2:00 PM Matinée
$25 / $20/Members of Harwood and Taos Jazz Bebop Society
John Rangel- Piano; Terry Burns- Bass;
Pete Amahl- Drums
A Taos favorite, world-traveling alto sax master Greg Abate is known as one of the most exciting alto players on the map today. His playing embodies overtones of Phil Woods, Jackie McLean, Richie Cole and Charlie Parker– although is style is unmistakably his own. "Magic Dance", Abate’s recent recording with piano- great Kenny Barron, reached #1 on the Billboard jazz charts last spring.
“Greg Abate is a powerhouse who will absolutely not let hard driving bebop die. One of the most exciting players around today, Greg’s commitment to the music is total…”.
–W. Pickowitz, Jr., THE JAZZ MESSENGER
“Greg Abate is one of the most appealing saxophonists on the scene today. He is mature with an abundance of gentle self-confidence. The result is that he plays music with sweetness and daring.” –Jim Merod, NEW JAZZ RECORDINGS
Saturday, September 10
Emmet Cohen / Tootie Heath
$30 / $25/Members of Harwood and Taos Jazz Bebop Society
Emmet Cohen- Piano; Russell Hall- Bass;
Tootie Heath- Drums
Two acclaimed musicians– pianist Emmet Cohen, age 32, and legendary drummer Tootie Heath, 87, join together in mutual admiration for a night of music you won't want to miss.
Emmet Cohen is a vibrant solo performer and a sideman in constant demand. His passion for the inter-generational transfer of the knowledge, history, and traditions of jazz led to his "Masters Legacy Series"– a set of recordings with legendary jazz musicians. Among those jazz legends are Benny Golson, Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb and Tootie Heath.
“Not just the poster man for contemporary jazz, breathing 2020s finesse into early twentieth century swing, Cohen is a supremely gifted and impassioned artist of the highest order.” — Zachary Weg, ALL ABOUT JAZZ
Albert “Tootie” Heath is the consummate jazz drummer. He has played with seemingly everyone– including John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Wes Montgomery, Ethan Iverson and many others.