January 27: Russell Schmidt presents Fallen Idols – The Music of Brecker & Grolnick

schmidt_brecker-grolnick_640x360jpg7:30 PM

Admission: $20, $10 Students w/ ID

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Adam Roberts-soprano & tenor sax, Brice Winston-tenor sax, Russell Schmidt-piano, Chris Finet-bass, Caleb Michel-drums

Russell Schmidt leads an all-star quintet in a musical tribute to two iconic artists who were frequent collaborators throughout their careers: saxophonist/composer Michael Brecker and pianist/composer Don Grolnick.

Don Grolnick was a founding member of Steps (later Steps Ahead). He recorded, produced, and composed for many different artists throughout his all-too-brief career, including Billy Cobham, Dave Holland, Marcus Miller, Carly Simon, James Taylor, and Steely Dan. He also recorded a half-dozen albums as a leader including two releases for Blue Note: Nighttown and Weaver of Dreams. Grolnick died in 1996 at the age of 48.

Due to his prominence as a performer, Michael Brecker was clearly the better known of the two. In the words of critic Charles J. Gans, Brecker was “…widely regarded as the most influential tenor saxophonist since John Coltrane.” A 15-time Grammy Award winner, his standing can easily be measured by the company he kept: his musical collaborators included brother Randy Brecker, as well as Eric Clapton, Chick Corea, Donald Fagen, Steve Gadd, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Elvin Jones, John Lennon, Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, Jaco Pastorius, Horace Silver, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, McCoy Tyner, and many others. Sadly, much like his friend (and fellow Steps co-founder) Don Grolnick, Brecker passed away far too young in 2007 at the age of 57.

The programming for this event highlights the wonderful compositions of these two exemplary artists. Among the pieces to be performed are Grolnick’s Or Come Fog and Pools, as well as African Skies and Never Alone by Brecker. Please join us for this very special evening at The Nash!

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