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Vijay Iyer Sextet

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

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In a Bay Area premiere, Vijay Iyer's award-wining trio is joined by three of the most cutting-edge horn players on the jazz scene including cornetist Graham Haynes, Steve Lehman, and Mark Shim.

Cornetist Graham Haynes is a founder of Steve Coleman’s groundbreaking M-Base Collective and a major figure at the intersection of jazz, hip-hop, and the avant-garde. The son of drumming legend Roy Haynes, he’s led nearly a dozen albums and collaborated with Cassandra Wilson, The Roots, Bill Laswell, and David Murray, among others. Visionary alto saxophonist Steve Lehman leads a number of exploratory ensembles including his acclaimed Octet whose 2009 debut album, Travail, Transformation & Flow, was named Jazz Album of the Year by The New York Times. He is a member of the Fieldwork trio with Iyer and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, and has led or co-led thirteen sessions including his latest, Sélébéyone. Jamaica-born tenor saxophonist Mark Shim is a member of Lehman’s octet and an established bandleader, recording three albums for Blue Note. He has performed and recorded with a pantheon of greats including Elvin Jones, Betty Carter, Hamiett Bluiett, Mose Allison, Greg Osby, and the Mingus Big Band.

Vijay Iyer piano, Fender Rhodes
Graham Haynes cornet
Steve Lehman alto saxophone
Mark Shim tenor saxophone
Stephan Crump bass
Marcus Gilmore drums

The brilliant and adventurous pianist and composer Vijay Iyer is a musician who stretches the boundaries of jazz, but has long reached beyond jazz's vocabulary. An artist possessed of a relentlessly searching intellect and awe-inspiring technique, he was the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius grant” in 2013 and the “quadruple crown” in DownBeat’s 2012 Critics Poll in the categories of Jazz Artist of the Year, Group of the Year, Pianist of the Year and Album of the Year. Iyer has collaborated with the most creative figures in modern jazz, including Steve Coleman, Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Ambrose Akinmusire, and John Zorn, among others, and is a member of the visionary collective Fieldwork with saxophonist Steve Lehman and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. He has recorded 15 albums since his debut in 1995, including the acclaimed sessions Historicity (2009), Accelerando (2011), and Break Stuff (2015) featuring his telepathic trio of bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore.


There’s probably no frame wide enough to encompass the creative output of the pianist Vijay Iyer.
— The New York Times
Vijay Iyer is the most commanding pianist and composer to emerge in recent years.
— Village Voice
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