TRIP: Tom Harrell, Ugonna Okegwo, Mark Turner, Adam Cruz

Saturday, September 24, 8:30-9:30pm

Wagner Stage

TRIP is a piano-less quartet that was formed after TOM HARRELL was commissioned to write new music by Dave Douglas for the Festival of New Trumpet Music. The eponymously named recording produced by the quartet topped the U.S. radio charts in 2014, receiving 4½ stars from both AllŸ*AboutŸ*Jazz and DownBeat Magazine, which called it “special music” and described the recording as “a deep conversation [among] four friends”--TOM HARRELL, MARK TURNER, UGONNA OKEGWO, and ADAM CRUZ. Tom describes the quartet as “a chamber group, where each instrument plays an equally important role.” Praised by Newsweek for his pure melodic genius, TOM HARRELL is widely recognized as one of the most creative and dynamic jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time. Even with a discography of over 260 recordings and a career that spans more than four decades, Tom has managed to stay fresh and current as he continues to record and tour around the world. He is a frequent winner in DownBeat and Jazz Times magazines' Critics and Readers Polls and a Grammy nominee. In addition to 27 albums and thousands of concerts worldwide as a leader, he has worked with important figures in jazz history including Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Dizzie Gillespie, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Sam Jones (with whom he co-led a big band in the 70s), Jim Hall, Charlie Haden, Joe Lovano. He also recorded on Grammy-winning albums by Gerry Mulligan and Bill Evans.

One of the most admired saxophonists of his generation, MARK TURNER is renowned for his intellect and intimate expressiveness on the tenor saxophone. A New York Times profile of him which was titled “The Best Jazz Player You’ve Never Heard” called him “possibly jazz’s premier player.” Mark has performed with many of jazz’s leading lights, including Kurt Rosenwinkel, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Dave Holland, Joshua Redman, Delfeayo Marsalis, Brad Mehldau, Omer Avital, Brian Blade, Seamus Blake, Ethan Iverson, Ryan Kisor, and Guillermo Klein. UGONNA OKEGWO is one of the most distinctive and sought-after jazz bassists in the world. Critics across the globe have praised him for his rich tone, supple sense of swing, stylistic range and inventiveness. "I love the way he plays in the ensemble,” says Tom Harrell. Ugonna has also performed with Jacky Terrason, Leon Parker, Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Pharoah Sanders, and Joseph Jarman. Drummer, composer, and educator ADAM CRUZ leads his own group, is an integral part of pianist Danilo Perez’s trio, and has worked with artists such as The Mingus Big Band, Joey Calderazzo, Chris Potter, Steve Wilson, David Sanchez, Edward Simon, and Chick Corea. The NYTimes characterized his debut album as "Informed by several strains of Latin music but just as meaningfully by brisk post-bop and lyrically minded free jazz… and brilliant surging solos.”