Jeff Cosgrove Quartet: Jeff Cosgrove (drums), Scott Robinson (reeds), Angelica Sanchez (piano), Ken Filiano (bass). Friday, Sept. 30, 7:30pm. Community Music School of Springfield, 127 State St., Springfield, MA. Single tickets ($15) at www.jazzshares.org and at the door.
Drummer Jeff Cosgrove has pursued a unique improvisational path with varied ensembles, including trios with Matthew Shipp and William Parker (Alternating Current, Near Disaster), Frank Kimbrough and Martin Wind (Conversations with Owls) and Scott Robinson and Ken Filiano (Hunters & Scavengers, Twins Jazz), and a quartet playing repertory by the late Paul Motian (Motian Sickness). His latest release, History Gets Ahead of the Story, features John Medeski and Jeff Lederer playing the compositions of William Parker. Growing up in the Washington, D.C. area, Cosgrove developed a wide range of musical interests that continue to inform his output. While Cosgrove has ample experience playing beat-driven music with strict time, he is drawn toward abstraction in his own work, summoning colors and textures on the drum kit, listening deeply to his colleagues as the music flows and evolves. As The Washington Post put it: “Cosgrove’s drumming doesn’t provide the music with an engine so much as a lighthouse.”
One of today’s most wide-ranging instrumentalists, Scott Robinson has been heard on tenor sax with Buck Clayton’s band, on trumpet with Lionel Hampton’s quintet, on alto clarinet with Paquito D’Rivera’s clarinet quartet, and on bass sax with the New York City Opera. On these and other instruments including theremin and ophicleide, he has been heard with a cross-section of jazz’s greats representing nearly every imaginable style of the music, from Braff to Braxton. Robinson has been heard numerous times on film, radio and television, and his discography now includes over 275 recordings. His 20 releases as a leader have garnered five-star reviews from Leonard Feather, Down Beat Magazine and other sources worldwide.
Pianist and composer Angelica Sanchez moved to New York from Arizona in 1994. Since moving to the East Coast she has collaborated with Wadada Leo Smith, Paul Motian, Richard Davis, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Nicole Mitchell, Rob Mazurek, Tim Berne, Mario Pavone and Ben Monder, among others. Sanchez leads numerous groups, including her Nonet, which features Chris Speed, Michael Attias, Thomas Heberer, Kenny Warren, Ben Goldberg, John Hebert, Omar Tamez, and Sam Ospavot. Her recent piano duo “How to Turn the Moon,” with Marilyn Crispell was voted one of the top 50 best recordings in 2020, NPR critics poll. Angelica Sanchez has a Masters Degree in Arranging from William Paterson University and is currently on faculty at Bard College.
Ken Filiano performs throughout the world, playing and recording with leading artists in jazz, spontaneous improvisation, classical, world/ethnic, and interdisciplinary performance, fusing the rich traditions of the double bass with his own seemingly limitless inventiveness. Ken’s solo bass CD, subvenire (NineWinds), received widespread critical praise. He has performed and recorded with Anthony Braxton, Fred Ho, Nels Cline, Fay Victor, Bill Dixon and others. His last Jazz Shares appearance was with Bill Lowe’s Signifyin’ Natives in November, 2021.