Joe Lovano: Classic Quartet
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SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director

Joe Lovano: Classic Quartet

Honoring Hank Jones

APR 23–26 | SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Joe Lovano

Apr 26
Miner Auditorium
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For about five years in the early 2000s, Lovano played in a quartet with Hank Jones, a dean of jazz piano whose career stretched back to the 1930s and included stints with Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker and Ella Fitzgerald. So when Jones asked Lovano to play with his trio, the saxophonist felt “a little bit intimidated,” he admits. But it wasn’t long before they began to breathe together, musically speaking. They recorded four albums and became friends: “With Hank, there was a lot of love and a lot of beautiful magical moments,” he says. This program – dedicated to the memory of Jones, who passed away in 2010 at age 91 – is Lovano’s attempt to recapture some of that love and magic.

With his superb Classic Quartet — including pianist Renee Rosnes (a founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective), bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash – GRAMMY-winning Lovano will sample the repertoire that he explored with Jones beginning in 2003 on the Blue Note album I’m All For You.  (Lovano’s band included Jones, bassist George Mraz and drummer Paul Motian.) On that album and three subsequent Blue Note recordings – Joyous Encounter, Kids: Live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and Classic! Live at Newport – he and the pianist created what Lovano describes as a “tapestry” of music. It included Lovano’s tunes, Jones’s tunes, compositions by Thad Jones (Hank’s younger brother), Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, as well as favorites from the Great American Songbook. “We developed an amazing repertoire and we had an amazing friendship,” Lovano says. “In life, everything happens in a certain divine timing. Reflecting on my time with Hank by playing this music again in San Francisco – it’s something else.”

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GRAMMY-winning Lovano will sample the repertoire that he explored with Jones beginning in 2003 on the Blue Note album I’m All For You.

After 30 albums as a leader and at least 25 years in the spotlight, it’s clear Joe Lovano is more than a dominant figure in jazz. He’s jazz’s answer to George Clooney or Jeff Bridges, a vibrant player who delivers an award-worthy performance every time out.

The Wall Street Journal

After 30 albums as a leader and at least 25 years in the spotlight, it’s clear Joe Lovano is more than a dominant figure in jazz. He’s jazz’s answer to George Clooney or Jeff Bridges, a vibrant player who delivers an award-worthy performance every time out.

The Wall Street Journal

Personnel

Joe Lovano tenor saxophone
Renee Rosnes piano
Peter Washington bass
Lewis Nash drums

The titan among us.

DownBeat (on Joe Lovano)

Personnel

Joe Lovano tenor saxophone
Renee Rosnes piano
Peter Washington bass
Lewis Nash drums

The titan among us.

DownBeat (on Joe Lovano)

Watch & Listen

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Joe Lovano

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Joe Lovano

Big Ben

Joe Lovano

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