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Vijay Iyer w/ Craig Taborn

  • SFJazz Miner Auditorium 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

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“The most commanding pianist and composer to emerge in recent years,” (Village VoiceVijay Iyer begins his season residency at SFJAZZ by inviting another of the jazz world’s most explorative and virtuosic pianists for this exclusive evening of duets. Craig Taborn established himself as a modern master through five expansive releases and pivotal sideman roles with Chris Potter, Roscoe Mitchell, James Carter, and David Binney. An artist as comfortable in straight-ahead situations as the furthest fringes of the avant-garde, Taborn has always built ensembles that are equally versatile and eclectic. In an recent feature in The New York Times, writer Adam Shatz wrote, “His playing inspires something rare in music today, a sense of wonder.” Taborn’s superb new ECM quartet session, Daylight Ghosts, features saxophonist Chris Speed, bassist Chris Lightcap, and Bad Plus drummer Dave King.

Repetition and mysticism, bold purpose and open space, abstraction and gorgeousness.
— The New York Times
Taborn emerges as one of the most exciting pianists to lead a band since the ascent of Matthew Shipp.
— Los Angeles Times