Scatterjazz is thrilled and humbled to present a completely unprecedented musical conversation between one of the world's most renowned masters of the upright bass and two of New Orleans deepest jazz and funk treasures.
"Big Sam" Williams is a titanic force of New Orleans trombone, soul & groove, as the leader of "Big Sam's Funky Nation" and more.
Herlin Riley is part of the pantheon of modern drumming in New Orleans, always with both feet in the tradition and all eyes and ears driving irresistibly into the future.
“Calling contrabassist Mark Dresser a virtuoso is like saying Albert Einstein was good at math.”
San Diego City Times
Mark Dresser may not be a household name for the wider New Orleans community, as this is his first ever visit to New Orleans, despite a 50-year career as one of the most dynamic and celebrated figures in the edgier-corners of jazz & other musics. However, he is absolutely legendary in the wide-circles in which his work is well-known, and hearing him live is a truly rare and potent treat.
He is a Grammy nominated, internationally renowned bass player, improviser, composer, and interdisciplinary collaborator. At the core of his music is an artistic obsession and commitment to expanding the sonic, musical, and expressive possibilities of the contrabass. He has recorded over one hundred forty CDs including three solo CDs and a DVD. From 1985 to 1994, he was a member of Anthony Braxton’s Quartet, which recorded nine CDs and was the subject of Graham Locke’s book Forces in Motion (Da Capo). He has also performed and recorded music of Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Tim Berne, Anthony Davis, Dave Douglas, Osvaldo Golijov, Gerry Hemingway, Bob Ostertag, Joe Lovano, Roger Reynolds, Henry Threadgill, Dawn Upshaw, John Zorn, and countless others, and has been the leader of numerous genre-shattering ensembles over the decades. Since 2007 he has been deeply involved in telematic music performance and education. He was awarded a 2015 Shifting Foundation Award and 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award. He is Professor of Music at University of California, San Diego. The projected format of the concert will be a solo set first by Mark Dresser, followed by a duo set by Big Sam & Herlin Riley, and concluding with a trio sound sculpture.
600 North Broad Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119, United States