This Saturday, October 27, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome saxophonist Darius Jones back to our stage for two sets. Armed with a powerful, deeply vocal sound as well as a keen sense of musical storytelling, Jones has been turning heads with a string of creative projects since the release of his acclaimed debut record Man’ish Boy (AUM Fidelity) in 2009. For this performance at the Gallery, Jones will present his project, Shades of Black. Featuring Sam Newsome on soprano saxophone, Cooper-Moore on organ, Michael Wimberly on percussion, and Chad Taylor on drums, Jones describes the group thusly:
This ensemble will explore the partial or total absence of light, and the artistry within a dark spectrum. A lack of light can bring about feelings of uncertainty or fear of the unknown, causing some to perceive black or dark things as devoid of beauty and having a certain negative connotation. While these feelings exist, we as humans find darkness alluring and even flirt with its mysterious and sensuous qualities. Throughout history, artists of all mediums have created emotionally and visually dark works to evoke impressions of fear, evil, or madness. In the large black textured surface of Chiyu Uemae’s oil painting, ‘Untitled,’ I discovered how rich an environment absent of light could be. I found myself standing in front of the painting and asking, ‘What would this sound like?
Darius Jones Shades of Black plays The Jazz Gallery on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The group features Mr. Jones on alto saxophone, Sam Newsome on soprano saxophone, Cooper-Moore on organ, Michael Wimberly on percussion, and Chad Taylor on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $25 general admission ($10 for members), $35 reserved cabaret seating ($20 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.