The Gregg August Large Ensemble Commissioned Series at Jazz Gallery April 10 and 11


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Two nights, April 10 & 11, 2009 -- sets at 9:00 & 10:30 pm

The Jazz Gallery is proud to announce the fourth event of our Large Ensemble Commissions Series: two evenings with the brilliant bassist, composer and bandleader Gregg August, who will lead the Gregg August Large Ensemble in the premiere of a newly commissioned suite, “Dialogues on Race."

Gregg August - bass, Sam Newsome - soprano saxophone, Jaleel Shaw - alto saxophone, JD Allen - tenor saxophone, Mike Lowenstern - bass clarinet, John Bailey - trumpet, Alan Ferber - trombone, Luis Perdomo - piano, Donald Edwards - drums, Renato Thomas - percussion, Miles Griffith - vocals.

The shows will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 10 & 11, 2009.

Two sets, both nights, 9:00 & 10:30 pm.

General Admission is $15 per set, Gallery members pay $10.

“The idea behind this suite," says August, “was to create a musical dialogue or conversation using poems, by white and black poets, that discuss race relations here in the United States. Discussion on the subject proves awkward and rarely takes place outside formal and intellectual environments. The poems I've chosen, collectively, become a conversation, and through the heads, arrangements and improvisations, a full discourse takes place. Each 'movement' or tune of the suite relates to a specific poem. I adapt the poems both literally and figuratively."

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