PLEASE NOTE: The Golden Gate Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic Jan 10-11. Golden Gate Transit bus service will be allowed to cross the Bridge and the Golden Gate Ferry will be offering expanded service that weekend, including late night service. You can also use alternate routes (Richmond and Bay Bridges).
A living legend who embodies the spiritual foundation of avant-garde jazz, tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders is a singular player who came of age in John Coltrane’s roiling free-jazz groups of the mid-1960s. He has shaped his own sonic world that encompasses the primal wails and fierce energy of late Coltrane and the stomping R&B of his Little Rock youth, Asian modes and Moroccan grooves, while balancing his explosive improvisations with gentle ballads of sublime simplicity. His saxophone sound is unforgettable -- deep, raw, humming with overtones and laden with fervent feeling and serene beauty. Sanders’ recordings include the classic “The Creator Has a Master Plan,” from his 1969 album Karma and 1996’s Message From Home, a compelling mix of funky African chants, pastoral songs and highlife grooves. “I like a dark sound with more roundness, more depth and feeling in it,” Sanders said at the time. “I want my sound to be like a fragrance that people will like, something fresh, like the smell of your grandmother's cake cooking. I have a way of playing all over my horn, in between the notes. There are expressive things I couldn't do with a conventional pitch.” Don’t miss the artist Ornette Coleman once called “probably the best tenor player in the world.”
Pharoah Sanders saxophones
William Henderson piano
Nat Reeves bass
Joe Farnsworth drums