Band: John Coltrane Christmas Party
Date: Sunday, Dec. 26, at 9 p.m.
Venue: Brickyard Dauphin Street, 266 Dauphin St., 251-219-6488
Tickets: $8 available through the venue’s website
Saxophonist John Coltrane is considered one of the most iconic names in 20th-century jazz. Coltrane’s innovative modal techniques took jazz into new dimensions filled with improvised rhythms and tones that still echo through the music world. For years, local musicians have been gathering at Christmas to pay homage to Coltrane. This year’s John Coltrane Christmas Party plans to be the most impressive yet with a lineup featuring longtime participants as well as a very special guest.
Once again, local keyboardist Chris Spies (N.E.R.F. the World, Honey Island Swamp Band) will be the ringmaster of this colorful jazz circus. His son, Christopher Spies (Samantha Fish), will be using his saxophone to conjure the spirit of Coltrane. Crescent City drummer Jermal Watson will be keeping the beats for the evening. Owen Finley will be adding his bass grooves to the mix. Guitarist Brooks Hubbert’s love of live improv completes this collection of talent.
Percussionist Mike Dillon will be traveling from New Orleans to spend the evening honoring Coltrane’s legacy. While he is truly a master of all things percussion, Dillon’s work on the vibraphone is the most impressive of his instrumental repertoire. His addition of effects to the vibraphone tends to create unique, unexpected sounds from this instrument. In addition to his own projects, Dillon’s talents have been employed by Les Claypool (Primus, Claypool Lennon Delirium), Ani DiFranco and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. He also spends both weekends of the New Orleans Jazz Fest popping up in numerous musical contexts. His inclusion in this lineup will be a treat for all in attendance.
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