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Vocalist Ed Reed is a master singer and storyteller, and one of the jazz world’s living treasures. With an uncanny history working with and learning from many of jazz’s legends (ever since, growing up in Watts, L.A., he was taught harmony by Charles Mingus when Mingus would come to baby sit at the house across the street), he amazed the jazz world when he came out with his highly acclaimed debut CD at age 78. Since then he has earned a Top Ten spot on the DownBeat Critics Poll eleven times, including First Place on their Rising Star Male Vocalist list for 2014. He was awarded a Jazz Hero award by the Jazz Journalists’ Association, and was the subject of an hourlong episode of NPR’s Piano Jazz.
For this concert, Ed and host/saxophonist Anton Schwartz are joined by Portland-based pianist Randy Porter, who recently was the featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony for their performances of La La Land, and whose most recent CD, Porter Plays Porter, was nominated last year for a Grammy.
Randy and Anton have performed and recorded extensively with Ed, including his on CDs I’m a Shy Guy and Born to be Blue, about which renowned jazz journalist Andrew Gilbert writes:
Given his track record of exponential creative growth over the past four years it might be premature to say that “Born to Be Blue” is Reed’s definitive statement, but his third album possesses all the distilled emotion and narrative coherence of a jazz masterpiece.
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Josh Nelson has performed extensively with some of the most respected names in jazz, including Natalie Cole, Anthony Wilson, Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Richard Galliano, Dave Koz, Seamus Blake, Matt Wilson, Sara Gazarek, Jack Sheldon, Tom Scott, and Peter Erskine. Josh has recorded on countless albums, films, and television, and has released five acclaimed CDs of his own. “There’s a lightness in Nelson’s touch reminiscent of Red Garland, an Oscar Peterson dazzle to his technique.” –Jazz Times Magazine.
Josh has been performing with Anton Schwartz‘s quintet since early 2015. Following a sold out festival performance together, they decided to play a duo concert in Oakland, and the chemistry was palpable. We’re looking forward to this, Josh’s first appearance at the loft!Read More
Multi-Grammy winning pianist Russell Ferrante is perhaps best known as the founding pianist and composer of the Yellowjackets, whose 22 acclaimed albums over nearly 35 years have made them a guiding force in modern jazz. He has also recorded and performed with a dazzling list of artists including Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, Joni Mitchell, Art Pepper, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller, Take 6, Lee Ritenour and Randy Crawford.
It’s a great honor to welcome Russell, up from Los Angeles to joins the Anton Schwartz Quartet for this special evening. The quartet also features John Shifflett on bass and Lorca Hart on drums, both of whom recorded on Anton’s latest CD, Flash Mob. Together, they will perform compositions of Russell’s and of Anton’s, as well as a few choice standards.Read More