SLUGish Ensemble
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SLUGish Ensemble
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SLUGish Ensemble

SEP 12–15 | Bay Area Originals

Sep 14, 2019
Joe Henderson Lab

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Led by saxophonist Steven Lugerner, this ensemble performs inventive music that blurs the lines between pop, rhythm & blues, jazz improvisation & minimalism. An expert on a daunting menagerie of wind instruments including various clarinets and saxophones, the Burlingame-raised multi-instrumentalist earned international attention with 2011’s These Are the Words and 2013’s Hebrew liturgy-inspired suite For We Have Heard, albums featuring an all-star quartet with pianist Myra Melford, drummer Matt Wilson and trumpeter Darren Johnston.

He’s recorded a lapidary duo project with pianist Fred Hersch, 2015’s Gravitations Vol. II, and delved into the post-bop canon on his Jackie McLean project Jacknife with Larry Willis, the pianist from the classic 1965 Blue Note album. Recently, he’s been focusing on SLUGish Ensemble, a sextet featuring a brilliant cadre of young musicians centering on the Stanford Jazz Workshop, where Lugerner has worked as the faculty and camp director since 2013. A vehicle for his low end work on bass clarinet and baritone saxophone, SLUGish grew out of Lugerner’s years in New York City soaking up the striking orchestrational concepts of various large ensembles, particularly Maria Schneider, John Hollenbeck, and Nico Muhley. Carving out territory adjacent to jazz, the band’s lustrous, multilayered 2018 Slow & Steady Records release An Eight Out of Nine seamlessly weaves improvised passages into extended musical forms.

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SLUGish grew out of Lugerner’s years in New York City soaking up the striking orchestrational concepts of various large ensembles.

› This show is recommended by Bay Area News Group Read Article

Lugerner’s approach to making music is very much his own; and he seems to be pursuing it to impressive advantage.

San Francisco Examiner

Lugerner’s approach to making music is very much his own; and he seems to be pursuing it to impressive advantage.

San Francisco Examiner

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