2013–14 Jazz Series
Kate McGarry Quartet
Friday. November 8, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
With five critically acclaimed CDs on the Palmetto Records Label and a 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal, Kate McGarry has become recognized as a jazz artist who brings authenticity and vitality to a wide range of material. The Wall Street Journal calls her music “austere and elegant”; The New York Times pronounced her “astute and sensitive.” She currently performs in many of jazz’s most venerated clubs and festivals throughout the United States and abroad, and as an educator has served on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music. DownBeat magazine has cited McGarry as “Rising Star” vocalist for the past four years.
“McGarry’s sense of musical authenticity is beautifully blended with her always-original musical vision.”
—Los Angeles Times
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Since its formation in 1977, the Yellowjackets’ stylistic hybridity has solidified the group’s status as one of jazz’s most enduring and wide-reaching outfits. The ensemble’s matchless approach to fusion has earned it two Grammy Awards, among a slew of nominations. Of the Yellowjackets’ eclectic sensibility, All About Jazz wrote: “From their R&B beginnings in ’81 right through to the sophisticated and utterly distinctive brand of jazz they play today, the Yellowjackets have moved with the times, absorbing different aspects of world music and adding new rhythms and influences to the pot.” Today the prolific group is comprised of Russell Ferrante on keyboard, Bob Mintzer on sax, Felix Pastorius on bass and William Kennedy on drums.
“The most adventurous quartet in contemporary jazz music.”
—All Music Guide
Pat Metheny Unity Group
With Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams and Giulio Carmassi
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 8 p.m.
Pat Metheny’s versatility is almost nearly without peer on any instrument. Over the years, he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Milton Nascimen and David Bowie. He has been part of a writing team with keyboardist Lyle Mays for more than 20 years—an association that has been compared to the Lennon/McCartney and Ellington/Strayhorn partnerships by critics and listeners alike. Metheny’s body of work includes compositions for solo guitar, small ensembles, electric and acoustic instruments, large orchestras, and ballet pieces, with settings ranging from modern jazz to rock to classical.
“Pat Metheny is restless. And we’re all the richer for it. Over a career that is now pushing 40 years, Metheny has been a constant innovator, not only in the development of musical styles, but new sounds as well, going so far as to invent new musical instruments to help him push, and sometimes explode, sonic boundaries.”
—All About Jazz
Kenny Garrett Quintet
Friday, May 2, 2014, 8 p.m.
Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation. As a bandleader for the last two decades, he has also continually grown as a composer. With his latest recording (and second for Mack Avenue Records), Seeds From the Underground, Garrett has given notice that these qualities have not only become more impressive, but have provided him with the platform to expand his horizons and communicate his musical vision clearly. Seeds From the Underground is a powerful return to the straight-ahead, acoustic and propulsive quartet format that showcases Garrett’s extraordinary abilities.
“Seeds From the Underground, the latest from saxophonist Kenny Garrett is a strong, straight-ahead, acoustic statement from the acclaimed bandleader and sideman.”
—The Jazz World