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Broken Shadows

  • SFJAZZ Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)
Mr. Speed is a tenor saxophonist and clarinetist who can find the logical strand in an abstract canvas, and turn wobbly irresolution into a form of riveting suspense.
— The New York Times

Tickets ($30)

[Tim Berne has] considerable power as a composer and frighteningly deft ability as a soloist.
— All Music Guide

Tim Berne alto saxophone
Chris Speed tenor saxophone & clarinet
Reid Anderson bass
Dave King drums

Named for one of Ornette Coleman’s most evocative compositions, this all-star project honors the Coleman legacy along with the music of reed players Dewey Redman and Julius Hemphill, featuring the wildly inventive saxophonists Tim Berne and Chris Speed, and the Bad Plus rhythm section of bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King.

Debuting as a band in January 2017 for the Konceptions Music Series at Brooklyn’s Korzo, the band is a remarkably balanced vehicle for performing Coleman’s work, approaching it with fearless experimentation, deep grooves, and wicked humor. Emerging as a major talent from New York’s experimental Downtown scene of the late 1970s, Berne was a student of Hemphill and has led nearly 40 albums and collaborated with a coterie of exploratory musicians including Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, and Nels Cline, among many others. Speed is a three-time DownBeat Poll winner for his work on clarinet, and is a founding member of the Claudia Quintet. Anderson and King have recorded a dozen albums as members of the wildly successful Bad Plus, and each have extensive careers as bandleaders and sidemen.

Earlier Event: June 12
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Later Event: June 13
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