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Donny McCaslin Group at SMPAC

OCTOBER 13, 2016 7:30 PM
SMPAC
901 15th Ave
South Milwaukee, 53172
414.766.5049
pacboxoffice@sdsm.k12.wi.us


Saxophonist Donny McCaslin will make his Motéma Music debut with the October 14 release of Beyond Now, a highly anticipated album dedicated to Bowie. Recorded nearly three months after Bowie’s passing, the project is deeply influenced by their extraordinary experience collaborating with one of the greatest artists of all-time on his final album. Joining McCaslin are Jason Lindner, Nate Wood (on drums) and Jonathan Maron (electric bass) performing music from Beyond Now, Fast Future, Casting for Gravity, and two David Bowie tunes.

“The Sonny Rollins of his generation” (Ottawa Citizen), Donny McCaslin is a 3x Grammy nominated saxophonist and composer. As a collaborator, McCaslin is well known for his standout playing in the Maria Schneider Orchestra featured on the David Bowie collaboration Sue, along with his 2005 Grammy nominated solo on Concert in the Garden. As a composer and bandleader, McCaslin redefines the genre of improvised music. Nowhere is this more apparent than his 2015 release Fast Future. The music combines funk, breakbeats, and electronic dance music centered around McCaslin’s ability to balance melody and groove, blending jazz and electronica with virtuosic musicianship.
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Avishai Cohen Quartet live from the Back Room at Colectivo

Live Jazz Comes to The Back Room!

an evening with the Avishai Cohen Quartet
LIVE @ the BACK ROOM @ Colectivo on Prospect

Saturday, April 30th @ 8:30pm

Avishai Cohen, trumpet
Jason Lindner, piano
Tal Maschiach, bass
Justin Brown, drums

Pre-Sale: Wed. 3/16, 12PM CT – Code: JAZZ
Public On Sale: Fri. 3/18, 12PM CT

http://www.pabsttheater.org/show/avishaicohenquartet2016

“Cohen is a multicultural jazz musician, among whose ancestors is Miles Davis. Like Davis, he can make the trumpet a vehicle for uttering the most poignant human cries.” — Ben Ratliff, The New York Times


For four years running, Cohen has been voted a Rising Star-Trumpet in the DownBeat Critics Poll. Along with leading his Triveni trio with Omer Avital and Nasheet Waits, the trumpeter has been a member of the prestigious SF Jazz Collective for six years. He also records and tours the world with The 3 Cohens Sextet, the hit family band with his sister, clarinetist-saxophonist Anat, and brother, saxophonist Yuval. Declared All About Jazz: “To the ranks of the Heaths of Philadelphia, the Joneses of Detroit and the Marsalises of New Orleans, fans can now add the 3 Cohens of Tel Aviv.”

The trumpeter began performing in public in 1988 at age 10, playing his first solos with a big band and eventually touring with the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra to perform under the likes of maestros Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur and Kent Nagano. Having worked with Israeli folk and pop artists in his native country and appeared on television early on, Cohen arrived as an experienced professional musician when he took up a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1997, the young musician established an international reputation by placing third in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition. Avishai came of age as a jazz player as part of the fertile scene at the club Smalls in New York’s West Village.

Cohen first recorded for ECM as part of saxophonist Mark Turner’s quartet on Lathe of Heaven, released in September 2014. The trumpeter has performed at the Village Vanguard and beyond with Turner, as well as widely in a band led by pianist Kenny Werner. Cohen has played often in the Mingus Big Band and Mingus Dynasty ensemble, and he has lent his horn to recordings by Anat Cohen, Yuval Cohen and keyboardist Jason Lindner, along with collaborating on stage and in the studio with French-Israeli pop singer Keren Ann. In addition to performing, Cohen was named the Artistic Director of the International Jerusalem Festival in 2015.