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Venue:
Maas Building1325 Randolph Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Sponsored by:
Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 8:00pm

Endangered Blood

Chris Speed, saxophone
Oscar Noriega, saxophone
Trevor Dunn, bassist
Jim Black, drums

Join Ars Nova Workshop for the Philadelphia debut of Endangered Blood!

“They play fast, looping, dynamically even and entwining lines, laying bebop over clanky grooves,” The New York Times writes about Endangered Blood, a new quartet featuring saxophonists Chris Speed and Oscar Noriega, bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Jim Black. The band's hard-hitting self-titled debut was released last year on Speed's Skirl label and features original pieces by Speed as well as reworkings of classic tunes, like Thelonious Monk's “Epistrophy.”

These four players have been on the scene for many years, working with artists like John Zorn, Tim Berne, John Hollenbeck, Satoko Fuji, Susie Ibarra, Nels Cline, Mike Patton, Dave Douglas and Tom Rainey, and in celebrated ensembles such as The Claudia Quintet, Mr. Bungle, Alas No Axis, and Berne's Los Totopos and Bloodcount groups. With their many years of diverse musical experiences, when they unite, Endangered Blood forms a sharp jazz-unit with the ferocity of a heavy-metal band.

“The crowd let out occasional whoops and yelps,” writes the L.A. Times about a recent Endangered Blood concert at The Blue Whale. Forming in 2008 to perform at a benefit concert for saxophonist Andrew D'Angelo, that's what Endangered Blood's all about: getting audiences hyped with their precise, sometimes reckless, and always exhilarating jazz acrobatics.