DATE: FRIDAY, MAY 11
TIME: 7:30 P.M.
A rare solo double-bill, featuring pianist Anthony Coleman + saxophonist Ellery Eskelin. These two master musicians – each of whom channels a wealth of musical history on their respective instruments – will play full solo sets before coming together at night’s end to play an extended duo encore. A key figure of the downtown New York scene since the early 1980s, pianist Anthony Coleman is a virtuoso of jazz from Jelly Roll Morton to Herbie Nichols to John Zorn and his own scores, not to mention ventures in Klezmer. All Music Guide praised Anthony’s Freakish solo album of Jelly Roll Morton tunes for having “just the right blend of poetic license and personal vision,” as well as “breathtaking dramatic command.” Ellery Eskelin has been one of the tenor saxophone’s original voices over the past three decades. Along with such current projects as his New York Trio with organist Gary Versace and drummer Gerald Cleaver, Ellery recently released an LP for tenor sax alone, Solo Live at Snugs. Reviewing that album, Dusted magazine said: “At points, the content of his phrasing almost becomes incidental to the gorgeous tonal vernacular by which he communicates it.”