James Carter Organ Trio and More Set for Blue Note Jazz Festival, 6/25-7/1
James Carter ORGAN TRIO
Monday & Tuesday, June 25-26, 2012 • 8:00pm & 10:30pm • $25 at table / $15 in bar
Born in 1969 and raised in Detroit, James Carter grew up surrounded by music, soaking up everything from funk and fusion to rock, soul, and various strains of acoustic jazz. The late trumpeter Lester Bowie first brought Carter to New York, inviting him to perform with his New York Organ Combo. The Bowie connection led to Carter's debut recording, 1993's JC on the Set, a quartet tour de force that announced the arrival of a superlative new talent equally expressive on alto, tenor, and baritone sax. Carter quickly won a reputation for being able to play jazz in just about any style while maintaining an originality and a flare all his own. His versatility brought him chances to collaborate with a wide range of artists, including Julius Hemphill, Kathleen Battle, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cyrus Chesnut, and Wynton Marsalis.
In recent years, Carter has reinvented the organ combo with Out of Nowhere (2005), with John Medeski onHeaven and Earth (2009), and At the Crossroads (2011), his latest release. Featuring the lithe and muscular keyboard work of Detroit's rising B3 star Gerard Gibbs (organ) and the propulsive drum support of veteran Motor City trap master Leonard King Jr. (drums), At the Crossroads marks the 10th anniversary of the multigenerational James Carter Organ Trio. A sensational follow-up to the saxophonist's acclaimed Emarcy release Caribbean Rhapsody (2011), Carter's 15th album documents his trio's combustible chemistry, with a Detroit-centric cast of special guests adding fuel to the celebratory fire.
Produced by Jill Newman Productions
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 • 9:00pm & 11:30pm • $30 at table / $20 in bar
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