This weekend features two nights of modern jazz with some of the most in-demand musicians on the scene.
That sounds like the most generic description possible, but, in this case, it’s dead accurate. Everyone in the band is in their 30s—Linda Oh, 30, the youngest, and Ben Wendel, 38, the oldest—and has appeared at premiere music venues around the world both with their own bands and the bands of top-tier artists such as Dave Douglas, Terence Blanchard, and the late Charlie Haden. They aren’t the youngest generation on the scene anymore—although some are still being tapped as “Rising Stars” by DownBeat Magazine—but are fast becoming the new veterans on the scene as an even younger generation emerges.
If you’ve been following modern jazz during the past ten years, it’s highly unlikely that you wouldn’t recognize at least one of these five distinct voices, but they’re all worth checking out on their own: drummer Rodney Green, bassist Linda Oh, pianist Aaron Parks, alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, and tenor saxophonist Ben Wendel (it’s worth noting that this is also a new generation of jazz artists whose personal websites are as thoughtfully designed as their music). This weekend is an “everyone playing everyone’s music” type of occasion, so come out to hear these leaders as they share their music both with one another and with you at the Gallery.
Green/Oh/Parks/Shaw/Wendel performs this Friday and Saturday, October 10th and 11th, 2014. The band features Ben Wendel on tenor saxophone, Jaleel Shaw on alto saxophone, Aaron Parks on piano, Linda Oh on bass, and Rodney Green on drums. Sets are at 8 and 10 p.m., and tickets are $22.00 ($12.00 for Members). Purchase tickets here.