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D. D. Jackson Octet features alto sax legend James Spaulding
Bethlehem, Pa.—New York-based, Canadian-born, jazz pianist, D.D. Jackson will perform “Suite for New York” at Moravian College on Sunday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. Jackson will perform with his Octet which is comprised of a piano trio, string quartet, and alto sax legend James Spaulding.
D.D. Jackson is the recipient of a 2004 Canada Council Project Grant awarded to arrange the music from his Juno-nominated CD Suite for New York for full orchestra. The disc, which Jazz Times magazine hailed as “an impressive montage of controlled chaos, exciting solo work, and promise of things to come: a febrile fusion of futuristic jazz, contemporary classical, streetwise funk, and Afro-Cuban sensuality,” is both a celebration of his adoptive home and a meditation on the events of 9/11.
Jackson has performed and recorded with some of the most important names in cutting edge jazz including James Carter, Jane Bunnett, Billy Bang, Chico Freeman, Carlos Ward and Dewey Redman. He has toured several continents as a regular member of the David Murray Big Band, Octet, Quartet, and the David Murray/D.D. Jackson Duo, and has appeared on three David Murray albums including the acclaimed “Octet Plays ‘Trane.”
Jackson received his Bachelor of Music with High Distinction in Classical Piano from Indiana University in 1989, and his Master of Music in Jazz from the Manhattan School of Music in 1991.For a full biography, please visit www.ddjackson.com.
Foy Concert Hall is located on Moravian’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Music Campus at Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem. General admission is $15 and $10 for students, senior citizens, and children 12 and under. For ticket information, call 610 861-1650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.
The D.D. Jackson Octet plays music from "Suite for New York"
D.D. Jackson - pianist/composer
Dafnis Prieto - drums
John Benitez - acoustic bass
the Unity String Quartet:
Christian Howes - violin
Sam Bardfeld - violin
Alan Grubner - viola
Dana Leong - cello
and featuring: James Spaulding on alto sax