Music Program

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

$15 general, $10 Hallwalls members, students and seniors

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By approaching jazz from a wide scope, Afro-Danish-American John Tchicai has been continuously progressive throughout his life. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1936, of a Danish mother and a Congolese father and growing up in healthy surroundings, John Martin Tchicai became a leading exponent of the jazz avant-garde in New York in the '60s and a father-figure for the European avant-garde after that. Now based in Davis, California, by a single-mindedness of purpose and action, his work still reflects what he's always been doing, which is innovate and inspire other people in a most refreshing way. The Danish Ministry of Culture recently recognized his work by awarding him a lifetime grant.

John worked with and is peer to the greats in the field of "jazz" music. To name but a few, he played with John Coltrane (on the immortal recording Ascension), Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, John Lennon/Yoko Ono, Roswell Rudd, Albert Ayler, Dollar Brand, Carla and Paul Bley, Misha Mengelberg, Lee Konitz, Cecil Taylor and many more. He's performed at festivals, conservatories, in churches, schools and concert halls from Bombay and Kyoto in the East to Vancouver and Seattle in the West; from Conacry, Guinea, Africa in the South to Reykjavik, Iceland, in the North.

Hallwalls is excited to welcome John Tchicai in the company of master drummer Barry Altschul (Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Paul Bley, Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers) and brilliant Rochester-based trumpeter Paul Smoker in a formidable quartet lead by the astounding young bassist Adam Lane.

John Tchicai (tenor/soprano sax); Paul Smoker (trumpet); Adam Lane (Contrabass); Barry Altschul (drums)

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