Dan Weiss, drums, percussion, Miles Okazaki, guitar, Wednesday, December 1, 7:30pm. Location: Hawks & Reed, 289 Main St. Greenfield, MA. Single tickets ($15) are available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door.
Dan Weiss and Miles Okazaki have been partners in rhythm for 20 years. Weiss is consistently recognized as a top drummer in publications such as the New York Times (“Five Drummers Whose Time is Now”), Modern Drummer (“Top 5 Jazz Drummers”), and Downbeat magazine (“Top Up and Coming Percussionist”), and has been a member of many of the most influential groups on the current scene including Dave Binney, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Matt Mitchell, and Chris Potter. He is also an accomplished tabla player, having performed with Ashish Khan and Ramesh Misra and studied with Samir Chatterjee for two decades.
Okazaki is known for his rhythmic approach to the guitar, is currently in groups led by Jonathan Finlayson, Matt Mitchell, Amir El Saffar, and gained wide recognition in recent years as the guitarist for Steve Coleman and Five Elements. The New York Times recently described his style as “utterly contemporary, free from the expectations of what it means to play a guitar in a group setting — not just in jazz, but any kind.”
Both Weiss and Okazaki are artists on the Pi recordings label, have appeared together on seven albums (three by Okazaki and four by Weiss), and are expecting to release a duo recording in the near future. In the duet setting, Weiss and Okazaki are able to explore extreme rhythmic territory and freely construct flowing improvised sets. The New York Times describes this method of performance: “The guitarist Miles Okazaki and the drummer Dan Weiss performed a duo set on Friday that suggested some of the new jazz musician’s inexhaustible options as they fit ideas together without stopping.”