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Venue:
Johnny Brenda's1201 N. Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Sponsored by:
Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 8:00pm

Steve Coleman and Five Elements

Steve Coleman, alto saxophone
Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet
Miles Okazaki, guitar
Damion Reid, drums

Please join Ars Nova Workshop for a special performance by Steve Coleman and Five Elements.

"Steve Coleman comes up with some of the most original song structures in jazz," writes NPR. "In many others' hands, they'd sound like algebra; with his virtuosity and arranging, it crackles with excitement."

Coleman grew up in Chicago and studied with local legends like Bunky Green and Von Freeman before moving to New York City in the late 1970s and working with Sam Rivers, Cecil Taylor, David Murray and Dave Holland. Along with other young musicians like Greg Osby and Cassandra Wilson, Coleman was a founding member of the M-Base movement. "The main goal," Coleman writes, "is to creatively express our experiences as they are today and to try and build common creative musical languages in order to do this on some kind of large collective level."

The last two years have seen Coleman pushing strongly into the future and creating some of the best music of his career with his long-running Five Elements ensemble. In June, 2010, Coleman appeared on the cover of JazzTimes magazine along with the question, “Steve Coleman: The most influential figure since Coltrane?” Both released on Pi Recordings, Harvesting Semblances and Affinities (2010) and The Mancy Sound (2011) earned Coleman's collective of rotating members critical praise from The New York Times, Downbeat and Point Of Departure. “The Mancy of Sound,” writes JazzTimes, “is an immensely satisfying marriage of organization and what sounds like freedom; a strange, alluring amalgam of West African, Cuban and Brazilian music combined with the improvisatory nature of jazz.”

Tonight's Five Elements ensemble features longtime Coleman collaborators, trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, guitarist Miles Okazaki and drummer Damion Reid. These musicians have worked with Vijay Iyer, Mary Halvorson, Steve Lehman, Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Lee Konitz.

Note: Doors open at 8pm, and the concert begins at 9:00pm.