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Friday, September 29– 7:30 PM

Taos Jazz Bebop Society & the Harwood present

Sullivan Fortner Trio

Eye-opening piano! You'll hear something classic…and something very new.

With Tyrone Allen, bass and Kayvon Gordon, drums

$30 / $25 (Taos Jazz Bebop Society & Harwood members)

Discover the art of improvisation in real time! “dazzling! a pianist on the rise”—JazzTimes

One of the most inventive and virtuosic pianists of his generation, New Orleans native Sullivan Fortner has grown and honed his talents as a pianist, composer, and band leader to become the musical individualist that he is today. His music embodies the essence of the blues and jazz, as he connects music of all eras and genres through improvisation. He explores harmony and rhythmic ideas with curiosity and clarity, pulling distinct elements from different eras. He preserves tradition while evolving the sound. His performances combine wildly inventive musical connections with a soulful and disarmingly down-to-earth persona. 

Fortner has worked with such diverse artists as Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Diane Reeves, Etienne Charles and John Scofield, His longtime collaborators have included Ambrose Akinmusire, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Stefon Harris, Nicholas Payton, Billy Hart, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and the late Roy Hargrove. Recent collaborations include GRAMMY-nominated releases Dear Love (Empress Legacy) and Generations from leaders Jazzmeia Horn and The Baylor Project, respectively. His collaboration with Cecile McLorin Salvant (The Window) won a Grammy in 2019.

This concert is part of the New Mexico Jazz Festival in collaboration with The Outpost Performance Space. It is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts via the Western Jazz Presenters Network.

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