Saxophonist Steve Wilson gives new meaning to the word versatility. No matter the style of music or size of band, Wilson elevates the playing of those around him. He can soar over lush big band backgrounds, like those of Maria Schneider or Miho Hazama, be an indispensable role player in supergroups like the Blue Note 7, or have his every move put under a microscope, like when playing duo with drummer Lewis Nash.
Wilson’s newest project finds him taking up the mantle of drummer Art Blakey, leading a group of very talented young musicians. Wilson first assembled this “Next Generation of Jazz” band for show at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Generations in Jazz” Festival this past Fall, and we at The Jazz Gallery are pleased that Wilson will bring this group to our stage for two nights of shows this weekend. Check out one of their first sets together at Dizzy’s in the video below, but be sure to stop by the Gallery this weekend to see this talented group’s rapport deepen.
Steve Wilson and The Next Generation of Jazz plays The Jazz Gallery on Friday, January 8th, and Saturday, January 9th, 2016. The group features Mr. Wilson on saxophones, Riley Mulherkar on trumpet, Chris Pattishall on piano, Linda Oh on bass, and Ulysses Owens, Jr. on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. each night. $22 general admission ($12 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.