A master interpreter of a variety of genres, Don Byron has worked in an astounding range of musical contexts. His latest project, the Don Byron New Gospel Quintet, is informed by Byron's in-depth studies of gospel music, particularly the songs of Thomas A. Dorsey. In his words: "I am combining my own compositions with traditional Gospel pieces in a way I have not attempted before." The result is a joyous, profound, and affecting musical experience.
On February 25 at 8pm, the Don Byron New Gospel Quintet will come to Columbia's Miller Theatre.
New York's jazz heart wasn't always located downtown. Once it was found on 52nd Street and before that on 125th, and for many decades its most powerful radio voice has been WKCR-FM on the campus of Columbia University. Just a few yards away, jazz finds an uptown home at Columbia's Miller Theatre. This season's Jazz series began in November with the astounding, inventive Lionel Loueke Trio and the bold and energetic Renee Rosnes Quartet. This spring the Anat Cohen Quartet, led by the Israeli woodwind virtuoso, makes its Miller debut and finally, the amazing Don Byron rounds out the series by bringing his new project, the Don Byron New Gospel Quintet, to the stage.
ARTISTS: Don Byron, clarinet and saxophone
Carla Cook, vocals
Xavier Davis, piano
Brad Jones, bass
Pheeroan akLaff, drums
Tickets & Information: 212/854-7799; www.millertheatre.com.