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Javon Jackson and We Four celebrate John Coltrane Oct. 30

Saxophonist Javon Jackson pairs with legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb and others for a tribute to John Coltrane
October 15, 2015

Jackson, javonThe Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music presents saxophonist Javon Jackson with We Four on Friday, October 30 at 7:30 pm.

The concert features Saxophonist Javon Jackson, with drummer Jimmy Cobb, pianist George Cables, and bassist Peter Washington in an original project highlighting the music of saxophonist and composer John Coltrane.

We Four is a multi-generational group of notable New York jazz musicians, all of whom feel a connection to Coltrane. The concert will include some of Coltrane’s most beloved tunes as well as  original material inspired by Coltrane.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). This concert is part of the Ellington Jazz Series, which is directed by Willie Ruff.

Tickets start at $20, $10 with a student ID. Purchase online at music.yale.edu, call the Yale School of Music box office at 203 432-4158, or visit the box office at 470 College Street.

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About Javon Jackson

Javon Jackson came into international prominence as a member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. As a member of Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Javon toured and made many recordings with the legendary drummer. Jackson has also toured and recorded with Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Richard Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, Curtis Fuller, and Stanley Turrentine.

As a recording artist, Jackson has appeared on over 125 recordings. Additionally, he has developed a formidable career as a leader, recording and touring throughout the world. Javon’s current musical group, The Javon Jackson Band, incorporates many styles including jazz, funk, R&B and rock.

Lucky 13, Javon Jackson’s thirteenth recording as leader, is a combination of five recently composed originals, one cover from the songbook of Stevie Wonder and three selections with the iconic soul jazz pianist, vocalist and composer Les McCann. Jackson and McCann have been touring together for the past five years and quoting Jackson, “Les is a living legend and it is a blessing to have him on tour with the Javon Jackson Band.” Their live experience is captured beautifully from a performance of “Compared to What” in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center in 2008 included on Lucky 13. The trio for this recording are three young lions that as Jackson puts it emphatically, “All three have dynamic careers ahead of them.” This trio consists of Joel Holmes-piano, Corcoran Holt-bass and McClenty Hunter-drums.

Recently commissioned by the Syracuse International Film Festival, Javon composed a full length score for the Alfred Hitchcock film, “The Lodger”. An early outing by the master of suspense, “The Lodger” is a silent film based on the story of the hunt for Jack the Ripper. Javon debuted his original score at the festival and one composition from that score, “Sun Up”, is performed on Lucky 13 by Jackson and the trio. WEBSITE

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