Source: Pittsburgh New Music Net.
Sun Dec 11 7:30 pm $25 advance/$30 door
James Street Gastropub (Ballroom), 422 Foreland, North Side
Tickets at Juke Records (Bloomfield), Stedeford’s (North Side), Acoustic Music Works (Squirrel Hill), Caliban Books (Oakland)
and Dave’s Music Mine (South Side). Available online at
Jazz legends join together for the first time in two decades!
A founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet, David Murray is an American jazz musician who mainly plays tenor saxophone and bass clarinet mainly. He was initially influenced by free jazz musicians such as Albert Ayler and Archie Shepp and evolved a more diverse style in his playing and compositions. Murray set himself apart from most tenor players of his generation by not taking John Coltrane as his model. He has recorded prolifically for many record labels since the mid-1970s. He was named Village Voice Musician of the Decade, and was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Grammy, and the Danish Jazzpar Prize. He was recently in Pittsburgh performing with the World Saxophone Quartet courtesy of City of Asylum.
Harrison Bankhead is an American jazz musician who plays double bass and cello. He is one of the long-standing members of the AACM and worked in Chicago jazz scene with Muhal Richard Abrams, Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, Von Freeman, Oliver Lake, Nicole Mitchell, Roscoe Mitchell and Dewey Redman. He was in Pittsburgh last year performing with Transatlantic avantjazz supergroup The Turbine.
Kahil El’Zabar is a jazz multi-instrumentalist (mainly a percussionist) and composer. He regularly records for Delmark Records. He joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in the early 1970s, and became its chairman in 1975. During the 1970s, he formed the musical groups Ritual Trio and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, both of which remain active. Musicians with whom he has collaborated include Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Cannonball Adderley, and Paul Simon. He performs annually in Pittsburgh with the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, usually around February.