The album Crescent is one of Coltrane’s most beloved achievements. It covers a lot of ground—from the excitement of the title piece and “Bessie’s Blues,” to the lyrical, moody contemplation of “Wise One” and “The Drum Thing” (an unusually low key, melodic drum feature), to the gently swinging “Lonnie’s Lament.” We’ve put together a truly all-star group to explore this music. The concert will be filled out with some other Coltrane gems. Not to be missed!
Tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi is an internationally recognized jazz performer, composer, author, and educator. Bergonzi has performed throughout the world at all the major jazz festivals and jazz venues, with his own ensembles as well as with numerous jazz greats. His discography includes more than 60 recordings, notably Standard Gonz with the Jerry Bergonzi Quartet on the Blue Note label.
Trumpeter, composer, and educator Jason Palmer is one of the most in demand musicians of his generation. He has performed with Roy Haynes, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith (the organist), Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ravi Coltrane, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Common, Roy Hargrove, Lewis Nash.
Lewis Porter, pianist, keyboardist, and composer, appears on 30 albums with Dave Liebman, Marc Ribot, Gary Bartz and many others, and his 2018 album Beauty And Mystery features John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Tia Fuller.
Bob Nieske has worked with Jimmy Giuffre, the Either/Orchestra, George Russell, and Stephane Grappelli. As bassist, composer, and bandleader, his projects include a suite for his jazz trio, and the Lydian String Quartet, documented on his critically acclaimed CD Simplicity.
From his work with Herbie Hancock in the 2000s, to tours and recordings with Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, The Klezmatics, Fred Hersch, and Kenny Werner, Richie Barshay has been dubbed “a major rhythm voice on the rise” by Downbeat magazine, and The Guardian (UK) praises “a major innovator who also knows how to have fun.”