Triptych
May
12
7:00 PM19:00

Triptych

“I called the great French violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and I said ‘So, who’s the new cat? Who’s got the stuff? And he said Zach Brock.”

-Stanley Clarke, The Blue Note, NYC

Join us for our May edition of Origins Jazz Series, presenting Grammy-winning violinist Zach Brock, and his jazz trio Triptych with bassist Matt Ulery, and drummer Jon Deitemyer.

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Heralded as “the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation,” Zach Brock is a violinist and composer whose music draws on the traditions of jazz, classical, world, and popular music. Zach received a Grammy Award in 2017 for his work on Snarky Puppy’s album Culcha Vulcha and Downbeat Magazine named him the 'Rising star Violinist' of 2013.

His acclaim as a bandleader has grown through appearances at venues such as Carnegie Hall and festivals like “Tudo é Jazz” in Brazil, while his reputation as a sideman has spread through his work with legendary bassist Stanley Clarke, contemporary instrumental super-group Snarky Puppy, and jazz masters Phil Markowitz and Wycliffe Gordon.

Zach has made ten recordings as a leader or co-leader and is the first violinist to record for the venerable Dutch jazz label Criss Cross. Zach has also represented the U.S. Department of State as a Musical Ambassador in the Solomon Islands, has performed as a featured soloist for two Sundance Festival feature film scores, and is currently an “Artist In Residence” at Temple University in Philadelphia.

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Chris Potter
Apr
22
7:30 PM19:30

Chris Potter

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"Easily the most compelling saxophonist of his generation."
- Detroit Free Press

We're very excited to present one of the biggest living names in jazz, Chris Potter, live at the Lyric Theater.

A world-class soloist, accomplished composer, and formidable bandleader, Grammy Award winning saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. Potter’s music showcases limitless creativity and a vibrant sense of swing, prompting critics, musicians, and fans alike to cite him as the one of the finest saxophonists today.

The New Yorker calls Potter, “A tenorist who can remind you of Joe Henderson at his craftiest, he employs his considerable technique in the service of music rather than spectacle.”

Throughout his career, Potter has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as Steely Dan and Herbie Hancock, and has toured the world over with the Dave Holland Quintet, the Overtone Quartet, AZIZA, and the jazz-funk group, Chris Potter’s Underground.

The Dreamer is the Dream, by the Chris Potter Quartet, is the current chapter in Potter’s storied career.

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OJS Dialogue: Women in Jazz - Understanding our Journey
Jan
14
4:00 PM16:00

OJS Dialogue: Women in Jazz - Understanding our Journey

Like many other art forms and industries, jazz is undergoing a reckoning with its patriarchal past. Join us at the Lyric Theatre for a conversation about the experience and journey of women in jazz. 

The panel will feature OJS featured artist Jessie Laine Powell, Women in Jazz Jam Festival founder Kelle Jolly, saxophonist Meghan Pund, and the famous vocalist Gail Wynters. The panel will be moderated by Jay Alexander, Program/Music Director at 107.9FM "The Beat".

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Listen-in at the Wild Fig: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook
Jan
13
10:30 AM10:30

Listen-in at the Wild Fig: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook

What better thing to do on a Saturday morning than to support a local business by drinking coffee and listening to jazz records? This listen-in will feature the unbelievably great record "Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook", a favorite record of the Origins Jazz Series January artist Jessie Laine Powell.

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Kneebody
Dec
7
7:30 PM19:30

Kneebody

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"Cohesion is the truest constant in the music of Kneebody, a band that inhabits the borderland abutted by post-bop, indie-rock and hip-hop, without seeming to give much thought to the borders."
- The New York Times

Kneebody’s sound is… explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing, with highly wrought compositions that are balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising. All “sounds-like” references can be set aside; this band has created a genre and style all its own.

Kneebody is keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood. The band has no leader or rather, each member is the leader; they’ve developed their own musical language, inventing a unique cueing system that allows them each to change the tempo, key, style, and more in an instant.

Kneebody draws upon influences spanning D’Angelo’s Voodoo to music by Elliot Smith, Bill Frisell, and Miles Davis. Their live shows are known for intense sonic landscapes of the Radiohead ilk, for the rhythmic bombast of a Squarepusher or Queens of the Stone Age show, and the harmonic depth and improvisational freedom experienced at a Brad Mehldau concert.

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Listen-in: Giant Steps for Small Business Saturday
Nov
25
10:30 AM10:30

Listen-in: Giant Steps for Small Business Saturday

Come join us and support our sponsor Wild Fig Coffee and Books for Small Business Saturday. For this listen-in, we thought we'd give the ultra-iconic album "Giant Steps" by John Coltrane a listen. Come join!


What is a Listen-in?

A Listen-in is a communal listening experience, where music fans gather together, listen to an album and discuss its history and relevance.

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