January 21, 2011

Saxophone Summit Celebrates Coltrane’s Jazz Feb. 6 at Williams Center

Saxophone Summit courtesy of Andrew Lepley

Saxophone Summit will present an evening of John Coltrane’s jazz 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Williams Center for the Arts.

Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, and Ravi Coltrane’s recent release, Seraphic Light, marks a bold new beginning for Saxophone Summit following the untimely death of original member Michael Brecker in 2007. The sax trio appears at Lafayette with long-time collaborators Phil Markowitz on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Billy Hart on drums.

Saxophone Summit became a jazz sensation in 2004 when Lovano, Liebman, and Brecker pooled their prodigious gifts to celebrate the great era of John Coltrane’s most pioneering and progressive music-making. Their 2004 debut album, Gathering of Spirits, was deemed “ridiculously good” by Jazz Times. Amazon’s jazz guide said the recording “invoked the vision and apocalyptic energies of Coltrane’s 1960s meetings with Eric Dolphy and Pharoah Sanders.”  Following Brecker’s death, Ravi Coltrane joined the group in 2007, bringing his father’s musical birthright into perfect union with Lovano and Liebman.

Tickets are free for Lafayette students, $6 for students at LVAIC schools, $5 for faculty and staff, and $22 for the public. They can be obtained by calling the Williams Center box office at (610) 330-5009. The final performance in the 2010-11 Jazz Masters Series will be the Kenny Werner Quintet with special guests David Sanchez and Randy Brecker on March 8. This year’s series is supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 2010–2011 Performance Series at Lafayette College is supported in part by gifts from Friends of the Williams Center for the Arts; by provisions of the Josephine Chidsey Williams Endowment, the J. Mahlon and Grace Buck Fund, the Croasdale Fund, the Dr. Aaron O. Litwak ’42 Fund, the Class of ’73 Fund, the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence Program, the James Bradley Fund, and the Ed Brunswick Jazz Fund; and by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts. Special thanks to the F.M. Kirby Foundation for its sustaining support.

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