In an interview with Ethan Iverson on Do The Math, pianist Fred Hersch speaks about his earliest gigs as a bandleader in the 1970s and 80s:
When I first started getting trio gigs, if the gig paid 200 dollars, I would hire Buster Williams and Billy Hart, and give them each 100 dollars. Because A) it was like taking a lesson, B) it meant that people would show up, and C) it would mean that people saw me as deserving to be in that company.
Saxophonist Adam Larson has definitely taken this lesson to heart. In addition to working closely with his talented peers, Larson has sought to work with well-established veterans in his bands, recording with the likes of Jay Anderson, Rodney Green, and Matt Penman. For his performance at The Jazz Gallery this Saturday, April 7, Larson has assembled a group of these acclaimed veterans to perform two sets of jazz standards and choice new originals—pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Jochen Ruckert. Don’t miss Larson stretch out in new directions with this band of true heavy hitters.
The Adam Larson Band plays The Jazz Gallery on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The group features Mr. Larson on tenor saxophone, Ethan Iverson on piano, Matt Penman on bass, and Jochen Ruckert on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $20 general admission ($10 for members), $30 reserved cabaret seating ($20 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.