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Terrace Martin w/ Butcher Brown

  • SFJAZZ Miner Auditorium 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)
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“The new age Quincy Jones” (Okayplayer), multi-instrumentalist, rapper, and producer Terrace Martin embodies today’s fertile ground between jazz and hip-hop. For these four nights at SFJAZZ, Martin will be joined by the supremely funky soul-jazz quartet Butcher Brown, and special guests each night including trumpeters Nicholas Payton and Ambrose Akinmusire, multi-instrumentalist and producer Taylor McFerrin, and vocalist Alex Isley.

Featuring:
Terrace Martin
 alto saxophone, keyboards, & vocals
Butcher Brown
Marcus Tenney
 trumpet & tenor saxophone
Morgan Burrs guitar
DJ Harrison keyboards
Andrew Randazzo bass
Corey Fonville drums

Special Guest: Alex Isley vocals

Martin is an integral part of the explosive South Central Los Angeles music scene that includes saxophonist Kamasi Washington, producer Steven “Flying Lotus” Ellison, and bassist Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, and was one of the prime movers behind hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar’s multiple GRAMMY-winning 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly. He has worked extensively as producer and performer with Snoop Dog, Dr. Dre, P. Diddy, and Lalah Hathaway, and released six full-length albums including 2017’s Sounds of Crenshaw Vol. 1 under the name The Pollyseeds. Most recently Martin has been part of Herbie Hancock’s working band, and performed two nights of January’s celebration of Wayne Shorter with Hancock, Kamasi Washington, Terence Blanchard, Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, and Brian Blade. Equally inspired by Miles Davis and DJ Premier, Terrace Martin stands at the intersection of 20th century African-American musical innovations, pushing them boldly into the future.

This is jazz the way Glasper is jazz, the way ‘Bitches Brew’ is a jazz record. Terrace Martin mixes pieces of the genre with others, setting a vibe that’s uniquely his.
— Pitchfork
In an era where people eschew tangibility for technology, Butcher Brown is a ray of hope for the future. They are soldiers of peace, armed with respect for the lineage of Black music, who aren’t afraid to push forward.
— Nicholas Payton