Dance Hall fans have been enjoying saxophonist Russ Gershon for a long time in the band Lookie Lookie, where he also contributes vocals, arrangements and MC’ing.
Gershon also has other musical cards up his sleeve. In his trio he features multiple saxes, flute and vocals and plays styles from across the history of jazz and beyond. The group will play originals and tunes by musicians ranging from Rahsaan Roland Kirk to Richard Thompson to Duke Ellington. This program will feature the seldom-played Charles Mingus masterpiece “Meditations on Integration."
As in Gershon's Grammy-nominated Either/Orchestra, founded in 1985, the Trio will deliver a fresh take on a surprising repertoire.
The RG3 features Either/Orch bassist Rick McLaughlin and drummer Brooke Sofferman, both of whom are in-demand sidemen as well as leaders of their own groups.
The plus one with the Trio is special guest is Dave Bryant, one of the very few keyboardists to work with Ornette Coleman during OC’s world-changing career. Bryant was a member of OC’s electric band Prime Time for over a decade.
Russ Gershon is the founder of the renowned Either/Orchestra, a fearless explorer of the length and depth of jazz, and a major exponent of Ethiopian music, working with greats like Mulatu Astatke and Mahmoud Ahmed. He has also been a part of the Boston rock scene for decades, and collaborated with cult bands Morphine and Medeski Martin & Wood, plus headliners like Cab Calloway and the Four Tops. He has also been heard on the radio as a jazz and more recently, classical music DJ – while he’s not teaching jazz history at MIT.
“Dynamic” – Kevin Lowenthal, Boston Globe
“Immensely satisfying, with all manner of variety — emotionally, musically, in the solos and arrangements... [Gershon] plays beautifully, with great musicality — as a composer and bandleader sensitive to compositional details and arrangements. [A] show that held the ear and the mind and body at every moment.” – Jon Garelick (Boston Globe & Boston Phoenix contributor) on jongarelick.com
$15 or By Donation
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In the event of inclement weather, we will notify you and the concert will be moved inside at The Dance Hall.