Trombones: Aaron Johnson, Terry Greene, Stafford Hunter, Alfred Patterson; Alto Saxophones: Darius Jones, Bruce Williams; Tenor Saxophones: James Stewart, Mike Lee; Baritone Saxophone: Jason Marshall; Trumpets: Josh Evans, Tatum Greenblatt, Nabate Ilses, Freddie Hendrix; Piano: Yoichi Uzeki; Drums: Chris Beck; Acoustic Bass: Robert Sabin
Composer, arranger, poet, bandleader, and saxophonist Oliver Lake is a true renaissance man, most widely recognized as a composer and as an explosive, piercing saxophonist. For his birthday celebration at Dizzy’s, he brings one of his world-renowned ensembles, the Oliver Lake Big Band, with whom he recently released the critically-acclaimed Wheels. It’s a deep album with a wide range of music, shifting effortlessly from a traditional, heavily arranged big band sound, to the avant-garde, to Outkast’s “The Whole World,” which DownBeat calls “the best-ever jazz cover of a hip-hop track.” While definitely on the wild, modern side of big band jazz, Lake mostly keeps his music accessible enough for fans of the traditional big band sound, as well as those with an affinity for jazz’s more experimental possibilities. It’s an unusual blend, one that reinforces the notion that “all jazz is modern.”
The Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival showcases an array of up-and-coming musicians alongside some of today’s most established jazz masters.