Saturday, July 20 – Huntington Jazz Week – Coltrane Day Celebration – Emmet Cohen Trio featuring Albert “Tootie” Heath (drums), shared bill with Dave Liebman Expansions.
Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music and the related arts. Possessing a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette, and an extensive repertoire, Cohen plays with the command of a seasoned veteran and the passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium. Committed to the intergenerational transfer of artistic knowledge, history, and traditions, Cohen’s signature professional undertaking is the “Masters Legacy Series,” a celebratory set of recordings and interviews honoring legendary jazz musicians. The goal of this landmark, ongoing project is to provide musicians of multiple generations a forum to transfer the unwritten folklore that is America’s unique musical idiom. Albert “Tootie” Heath will be featured on drums; Heath played with John Coltrane in the late 1950’s, and was a long-time band-mate with brother Jimmy Heath.
Co billed will be Dave Liebman Expansions. Liebman’s career has spanned over four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the saxophone/ flautist in both the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis Groups, continuing as a leader since. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) existing since 1989. Awards include (Jazz Educators Network Legend of Jazz (2013); National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master (2011); the Order of Arts and Letters (France 2009); Jazz Journalist’s award for Soprano Saxophone (2007); Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Solo (1998); Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Finland-1997). He is currently Artist in Residence at the Manhattan School of Music and has consistently placed in the top three places for Soprano Saxophone in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll since 1973, winning first place in both the Downbeat and Jazz Times Critic’s Poll numerous times over the decades.
Employing younger musicians in one’s band is a time worn custom in jazz. With Expansions, NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman is following in the footsteps of Miles Davis and Elvin Jones who mentored him in the early 1970s providing the kind of experience that can only happen on the bandstand. This is especially true in this era when the “academy/conservatory” is part of every young jazz musician’s biography. Reaching across generations to both teach and learn is a time worn process in the jazz legacy. Along with long time Liebman bassist, Tony Marino and drummer Alex Ritz, the group’s repertoire delves into the free music realm as well as the complex time signatures and harmonies being explored by the young artists of our time featuring original compositions and re-worked standards from the jazz repertoire.
Daytime programs presented by Friends of Coltrane Home TBA to include performances, workshops & jam sessions (Look for Coltrane Day updates and special activities TBA on www.huntingtonarts.org and www.thecoltranehome.org.)