Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sun, Jan 29 2017 7:30 PM

201 Franklin Street, San Francisco

Rova Saxophone Quartet
plays John Coltrane's 'Ascension'
& Tribute to Butch Morris

A treasured Bay Area ensemble whose connection to SFJAZZ goes back to the second Jazz in the City festival in 1984, the Rova Saxophone Quartet has consistently explored the fertile territory at the edges of composition and improvisation. In a reprise of their 2005 performance celebrating the 40th anniversary of John Coltrane’s ecstatic masterpiece Ascension, Rova revisits their electrified re-imagining of the work with a number of guests artists including bassist Fred Frith and drummer Don Robinson, who performed on that momentous occasion eleven years ago, as well as harpist Zeena Parkins and guitarist Trey Spruance. The other half of the evening pays homage to the late cornetist, composer, and conductor Lawrence “Butch” Morris in a program called No Favorites. Arranged for a lineup including Rova, a “power trio” of electric guitar, electric bass, and drums, and a string quartet, No Favorites pays homage to Morris’ adventurous spirit and his signature style of “conduction,” a term he coined to describe his combination of conducting, cueing, and improvisation. Rova’s new release dedicated to No Favorites will be released in October 2016 on New World Records.

Cost: $35
Audio samples in which musicians at this event play:
Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
Bruce Ackley and Eugene Chadbourne
Biggi Vinkeloe - alto saxophone, flute Donald Robinson - drums Joe Lasqo - piano, laptop, percussion Teddy Rankin-Parker - cello Lisle Ellis - contrabass, acoustic bass guitar April 19, 2014, The Emerald Tablet, San Francisco, CA Video by Charles Smith
Ken Filiano/ Steve Adams Duo at the Stone
Gino Robair and John Butcher, 2008
Tender Buttons at Second Act, SF, 2016; live video processing by Bill Thibault