Classic Coltrane: 1964-65 The Azar Lawrence Quintet featuring Devin Phillips
Thursday, May 30, 2013
8:00pm - All Ages
221 NW 10th Ave
Portland, Oregon, USA
PDX Jazz, the presenting organization of the Portland Jazz Festival in partnership with Jimmy Mak's, announces a very special two night John Coltrane marathon as part of the continuing PDX Jazz @ Jimmy Mak's series on Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31. The exclusive For Portland Only program, titled Classic Coltrane: 1964-65 will feature The Azar Lawrence Quintet featuring saxophonist Devin Phillips with pianist George Colligan, bassist Eric Gruber, and drummer Alan Jones. The protean veteran saxophonist returns to Jimmy Mak's after leading his touring quartet in 2010, to embrace seasoned Portland players who share a kindred affinity for Coltrane's music.
"John Coltrane's music during the years of 1964 & 65 seem to have had a spiritually uplifting effect on humanity, and it also reflected the revolutionary energies of that period as well." The Los Angles based Lawrence continues, "I never heard Coltrane live, however, one time while working with McCoy at the Village Gate, we went to a late set at the Vanguard to see Elvin. Jimmy Garrison was playing bass and it was Elvin's birthday, McCoy joined them on the song 'Softly as in a Morning Sunrise', and it was really something different in a wonderful way. That was the closest experience I had to hearing the Classic Quartet. I worked and lived with Elvin for two years, then performed with McCoy for about five or more, and then back with Elvin for another year. I also had the wonderful experience to play with Alice Coltrane at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, CA."
"Coltrane's contributions to American music remain unmatched to this day," states Devin Phillips. "His effect on, not only the music, but the very musicians who play this music is a sign of how ahead of his time he truly was. A constant student of the music, Coltrane showed us that as artists we will never arrive to a peak of our craft, it is the constant spiritual journey that is truly the goal. John Coltrane's recordings of 1964-65 are a perfect example of this."
Photo Credit: Chuck Stewart
Phillips who performs on tenor and soprano saxophone organized two memorable Coltrane programs in July, 2011 and July, 2012, as part of the PDX Jazz @ The Mission Theater series. The first concert was recorded and broadcast on Sirius XM Radio world-wide, as part of the 85th John Coltrane birthday celebration on September 23, 2011. Phillips also appeared as a guest soloist on three Coltrane inspired programs during the 2008, 2010, and 2013 Portland Jazz Festivals with Branford Marsalis, Pharoah Sanders and Steve Kuhn respectively.
"I approached Devin to organize something very special in acknowledging Coltrane's most prolific period," states PDX Jazz Managing Director Don Lucoff. "There is such is a bountiful amount of material to choose from that will captivate the audience and keep them on the edge of their seats for the entire two nights. From 11 originally released Impulse! recordings including: Crescent, A Love Supreme, Transition, Meditations, Sun Ship, and Om, among others, Coltrane was documented either live or in the studio on 35 occasions during 1964-65, leaving a recorded legacy unrivaled in jazz during a 24-month span. The latest treasure trove is to come in April, when Universal/Impulse! will release the Complete Sun Ship Sessions with unreleased alternate takes on two CDs, and Mosaic Records on three LPs" concludes Lucoff.
PDX Jazz @ Jimmy Mak's Presents Classic Coltrane: 1964-65
Thursday, May 30 @ 8:00PM and 9:15PM
Friday, May 31 @ 8:00PM, 9:15PM, and 10:30PM
One Ticketed Show per night
Azar Lawrence, tenor & soprano saxophone
Devin Phillips, tenor & soprano saxophone
George Colligan, piano
Eric Gruber, bass
Alan Jones, drums
Reserved $22 & General Admission $18
Minors accompanied by a parents or guardian to the 8:00PM set only.