Kev Choice plays 'Sonny Clark Trio'
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Kev Choice

Plays Sonny Clark's Sonny Clark Trio

Oct 18
Joe Henderson Lab
ThuOct 18

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7:00 PM

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ThuOct 18

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8:30 PM

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Fresh from his hip-hop symphony commission Soul Restoration Suite for the Oakland Symphony, pianist, producer and MC Kev Choice returns with an intimate Hotplate performance that pays tribute to hard bop piano master Sonny Clark’s classic 1958 Blue Note album, Sonny Clark Trio.

A highly trained improviser with deep insights into the jazz tradition, the Oakland-raised Choice has worked extensively in hip-hop, R&B and world music, touring and recording with Michael Franti and Spearhead, Lyrics Born, Too $hort, Ledisi and fellow Skyline High grad Goapele. In 2007, Lauryn Hill recruited him as music director, and he spent 18 months touring internationally with her. More recently he’s collaborated with The Coup, Dwele, Martin Luther, and Amel Larrieux, and leads the jazz-hip-hop-funk big band Kev Choice Ensemble. For his Hotplate night, Choice brings fresh perspectives to the songs from Clark’s seminal LP including Dizzy Gillespie’s “Be-Bop” and “Two Bass Hit,” Tadd Dameron’s “Tadd’s Delight,” and the standards “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” “I’ll Remember April,” and “Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise.”

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The pianist, producer, and MC brings a hip-hop and soul-influenced perspective to pianist Clark’s classic 1958 Blue Note album.

The Oakland bandleader has worked with just about every notable artist, and continues to use his faculty to inject jazz riffs, classical piano, and drop bars in unexpected places.

East Bay Express

The Oakland bandleader has worked with just about every notable artist, and continues to use his faculty to inject jazz riffs, classical piano, and drop bars in unexpected places.

East Bay Express

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Sonny Clark

Softly As In a Morning Sunrise

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Sonny Clark

Softly As In a Morning Sunrise

Kev Choice

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