2015 - 2016 Season


SSU Jazz Orchestra
Michael Blake Quartet
Wednesday, March 9, 7:30 pm
Weill Hall

Saxophonist and composer Michael Blake makes music that bristles with originality and vision. Known for his robust tone on tenor and pure soprano sound, Michael is frequently touted by critics as one the most original saxophonists of his generation. His latest CD Tiddy Boom (Sunnyside), a hard swinging homage to tenor titans Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young continues a legacy of rave reviews. As recipient of Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works Grant, Blake’s creative output is constantly in flux, shifting in approach and empathetic for each new program he designs.

Blake’s quartet features Frank Kimbrough—founding member of New York City’s Jazz Composers Collective— on piano, composer/arranger Ben Allison on bass and Rudy Royston, Denver native and Ron Miles protégé, on drums. Doug Leibinger leads the SSU Jazz Orchestra in the opening set.