Live from Alphabet City: Off Minor Jazz Series presented by City of AsylumMonday, August 24, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join us for an evening of jazz broadcasted live from the Alphabet City stage as part of the Off Minor Jazz Series. This septet ensemble will showcase their musical tribute to Benny Carter’s Further Definitions with a four-piece sax section. Sans a live audience, you can still give the band your energy by clicking the free registration button!
Streamed only on The Show Must Go On(line) Pittsburgh channel. (run-time 90 minutes)
Benny Carter’s 1961 recording, Further Definitions, stands as one of the great intergenerational and interracial documents in Jazz. Featuring four saxophonists: Charlie Rouse (from Thelonious Monk’s band), studio veteran Phil Woods, the Father of the tenor saxophone, Coleman Hawkins, and Carter, it was a revisiting of a concept Carter came up with for an April 1937 recording in Paris that also featured four saxophonists (Hawkins was on this date, as well). The rhythm section on Further Definitions was also incredibly diverse: mainstream pianist Dick Katz, John Collins (of the late Swing Era) on guitar, bassist Jimmy Garrison (from John Coltrane’s group) and the father of modern Jazz drumming, Jo Jones. Carter’s writing for the saxophone section is unparalleled and is still revered and studied today. Benny Carter’s nickname was “King” and Further Definitions is one of the reasons why!
The Off Minor Jazz Series highlights the music of legendary jazz composers and players. The series has been curated by drummer Thomas Wendt, who puts together specialized musicians for each concert.