DATE: Saturday, May 21
TIME: 8 P.M.
Darius Jones, alto saxophone; Mark Helias, double-bass; Nasheet Waits, drums
“Equally earthy and avant-garde… intellectually stimulating though anything but academic, Darius Jones can keen, weep, caress – and cut, too. The appealing unruliness to his music co-exists with authority.” — JazzTimes
Alto saxophonist-composer Darius Jones, a New Yorker originally from Virginia, has made a name for himself with an alto sax sound that blends the holy-rolling preacher blues of Cannonball Adderley with the folk-flecked avant-garde wailing of Albert Ayler. He returns to Sound It Out and Greenwich House with a powerhouse new trio, featuring the great Mark Helias on bass and dynamo Nasheet Waits on drums.
“Jones’ playing and composing may have some of the mercurial energy associated with the avant-garde, but the communicative immediacy of African-American folk traditions stands like a bedrock in his work.” — Jazzwise