Come learn about Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares, a grass-roots, shareholder-based concert organization bringing extraordinary music to western Massachusetts. Meeting (with food and conversation) and concert in the New Africa House, 180 Infirmary Way, UMass, Amherst. Meeting: 6:00pm; Concert: 7:30pm. Suggested donation: $15/$10 for folks who purchase a Season 8 jazz share.
Kahil El’Zabar – drums, percussion, voice
David Murray – tenor, bass clarinet
At 64 years old, David Murray is already a jazz legend. Among the hundreds of recordings he’s led are some of the most important jazz documents of the past 40 years. He won a Grammy in 1988, a Guggenheim Fellowship for composition in 1989, and was voted Musician of the Decade by the Village Voice for the 1980s. In 1991 he became the second recipient of Denmark’s Jazzpar Prize. He has been based in Paris since 1998. Murray was an original founding member of the iconic World Saxophone Quartet, with Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill and Hamiet Bluiett, and has recorded and performed with musicians such as Henry Threadgill, James Blood Ulmer, Olu Dara, Tani Tabbal, Butch Morris, Donal Fox, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Sunny Murray (no relation), Ed Blackwell, Johnny Dyani, Fred Hopkins, and Steve McCall. The son of Baptist parents, and born in Oakland, he grew up in Berkeley and studied with Catherine Murray (his mother, an organist), trumpeter Bobby Bradford, alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe, and drummer/writer Stanley Crouch. In March 1975, he left Ponoma College in Los Angeles for New York. The rest, as they say, is history.
Kahil El’Zabar has been leading his Ethnic Heritage Ensemble in various trio configurations for over 40 years. A former Chairman of the internationally acclaimed, AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), Dr. Kahil El’Zabar is considered one of the most prolific innovators of his generation. In 2012, President Obama awarded El’Zabar the International Ambassador’s Award in the Arts. In 2014, Dr. El’Zabar was knighted and christened by the Counsel General of France. El’Zabar has worked with such musical luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Pharoah Sanders, and many others.