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Houston Person Quartet Coming to Exodus to Jazz on February 11th

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Houston Person has been to Rochester (and Exodus to Jazz before) and now returns on Saturday, February 11th for a concert in the ETJ series. As Exodus To Jazz promoter José DaCosta wrote in his press release Houston Person is returnign to Rochester “with the Boss Tenor crown firmly positioned in its rightful place . . . on his head." Person has recorded more than seventy-five albums as a bandleader on the Prestige, Westbound, Mercury, Savoy, Muse, and most recently HighNote labels. He has recorded with Charles Brown, Bill Charlap, Charles Earland, Lena Horne, Etta Jones, Lou Rawls, Horace Silver, Dakota Staton, Billy Butler, Richard “Groove" Holme among others.

Houston Person will be appearing with his quartet of John di Martino, Chip White and Nat Reeves. Pianist DiMartino has performed with Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, James Moody and Eddie Gomez among others and has accompanied top-tier vocalists including Freddie Cole, Jon Hendricks, Diane Schuur and Billy Eckstine. DiMartino is also active on the world music scene performing with Paquito D'Rivera, Bakithi Kumalo, Giovanni Hidalgo, Bobby Sanabria and legendary percussionist Patato Valdez. Drummer Chip White has been Houston Person's regular drummer for quite awhile and in addition to leading his own groups, has performed with other prominent artists and group leaders including Carman McCrae, Candido, John Abercrombie, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, John Faddis, Chet Baker, Dave Liebman, James Moody, Enrico Rava, Jimmy McGriff, Mulgrew Miller, Benny Powell, Teddy Edwards, Irene Reid, and Savion Glover. Pianist Nat Reeves traveled with Sonny Stitt on his last tour in 1982 and later balancing touring with Jackie McLean and teaching. In 1994, Reeves began performing with Kenny Garrett. Reeves has also performed in groups with Pharoah Sanders, Harold Mabern, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Curtis Fuller, Eddie Henderson and Benny Green.

This ETJ event will be at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, with the concert beginning at 8:00 pm (it will include two one-hour sets). Doors will open at 7:00 pm. Tickets: Patron, $35 (includes a “Meet & Greet" with the quartet beginning at 7:00 pm); Premium Seating, $25; and General Admission, $20. Tickets are available at BrownPaperTickets.com and all Wegman's stores. Additionally, since it's mid-February, there is a “Bring Your Honey, Save Some Money" Valentine Special. Buy one ticket for yourself and save 50% on the ticket for your Valentine when two tickets are ordered at Brownpapertickets.com using the discount code: VALDAY2.

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