to present concerts showcasing the rich and varied artistry of jazz."
"Stellar jazz in La Jolla"
March 16, April 1, and May 6, 2014
Series: Members-$84/ Nonmembers-$99
The Athenaeum’s jazz program returns to The Auditorium at TSRI (formerly known as The Neurosciences Institute) for our annual spring series, featuring an Athenaeum debut by legendary trumpeter Randy Brecker, a return visit by the history-making Brad Mehldau Trio, and a CD release concert by Holly Hofmann with special guests Anthony Wilson, John Clayton, and Jeff Hamilton.Please note that the start time for all three concerts has changed to 7:30p.m. Seating is limited and early reservations are advised!
Sunday March 16, 2014, 7:30PM—Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, and Darek Oles
The spring series begins on Sunday, March 16, with the Athenaeum debut of trumpeter Randy Brecker, joined by the ineffable team of drummer Peter Erskine, pianist Alan Pasqua, and bassist Darek Oles. Multi–Grammy winner Brecker has shaped the sound of jazz, R&B, and rock for more than four decades, from his early work with Blood, Sweat & Tears and the bands of Horace Silver and Art Blakey, to his co-leadership of the celebrated Brecker Brothers Band with his brother Michael. DownBeat wrote, “Brecker has the chops to play it cool or hot, laid-back or virtuosic.” JazzTimes commented, “Brecker's sonic swirls sparkle with savvy sophistication and ebullient joie de vivre.” The trio of Erskine, Pasqua, and Oles returns to TSRI for the first time since their fall 2009 CD release performance for Standards II. One of the leading drummers in jazz, Peter Erskine’s career has ranged from big bands to the groundbreaking group Weather Report to recordings and tours with Joni Mitchell, Diana Krall, Michael Brecker, and many others. Pianist Alan Pasqua’s extensive jazz credits range from Tony Williams to Joe Williams, alongside a career as keyboardist for film sessions, plus rock artists Bob Dylan and Carlos Santana. Bassist Darek Oles is familiar to Athenaeum audiences from past appearances with Charles Lloyd, Billy Childs, Bennie Maupin, and the Los Angeles Jazz Quartet.
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 7:30PM—Brad Mehldau Trio
The series continues on Tuesday, April 1, with a return visit by the extraordinary Brad Mehldau Trio, featuring Mehldau on piano, Larry Grenadier on bass, and Jeff Ballard on drums. Please note that this concert will be presented in one set with no intermission. Mehldau’s most recent local appearances have been with his trio in 2011 and in two unforgettable solo piano concerts in 2008 and 2010. The Boston Globe called his trio simply “one of the finest piano trios in the history of jazz.” Comparisons abound linking Mehldau’s music to Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, citing classical influences such as Chopin and Brahms, and celebrating his pioneering jazz treatments of contemporary songs by Radiohead, Nirvana, and Nick Drake. The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Universally admired as one of the most adventurous pianists to arrive on the jazz scene in years…Mehldau [can be] simultaneously lyrical and swinging, harmonically rhapsodic and melodically spare.” The Economist praised Mehldau’s “glittering technique and probing intellect,” stating that “he has been hailed as perhaps the finest pianist of his generation, a claim substantiated by his remarkable series of recordings. In turn meditative and incisive, his solos spin out engrossing, abstract lines, while his bassist and drummer provide subtle rhythmic and harmonic counterpoint.”
Tuesday May 6, 2014, at 7:30PM—Holly Hofmann Quintet
The series concludes on Tuesday, May 6, with a CD release concert by the Holly Hofmann Quintet. One of the Athenaeum’s favorite performers, Hofmann returns at the head of an all-star ensemble to celebrate the release of her latest CD, Low Life: The Alto Flute Project, an all-alto flute recording of lush ballads, bossa nova, a few standards, and swinging originals from the pens of Anthony Wilson and John Clayton…as well as a brand new piece of Holly’s own. JazzTimes commented, “Hofmann possesses one of the most exquisite flute tones in jazz.” Accent wrote, “Hofmann’s bluesy and hard-driving flute has set a new standard for the instrument in the jazz world.” She is joined in this project by her husband, legendary pianist Mike Wofford; by guitarist Anthony Wilson, of whom DownBeat wrote, “His harmonic sophistication, technical control, and sheer suave elegance place him in the major ranks of jazz guitarists”; by bassist John Clayton, known for his co-leadership of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the Clayton Brothers Quintet, called by DownBeat, “one of the most accomplished bassists in mainstream jazz”; and by drummer Jeff Hamilton, co-leader of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and leader of the Jeff Hamilton Trio, called by JazzTimes, “a superb drummer known for his impeccable brush technique and respected for his tasty, melodic approach to the kit.”
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