On March 22, dozens of jazz greats will gather at Symphony Space, in Manhattan, to celebrate the music and spirit of the late drummer, composer and bandleader Paul Motian (pictured above).
Curated by his former trio-mates Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano, the program will feature many of Motian’s close collaborators and peers from the past four decades. Motian passed away on November 22, 2011, in New York City. March 25th would have been his 82nd birthday.
Joe Lovano describes the event as “an evening of celebration for one of the true jazz masters of our times. As an innovative drummer, composer, collaborator and band leader, Paul Motian has inspired all of us who have encountered his magic to be as honest and expressive as possible in our music. The program will feature various ensembles that Paul put together through the years with some of the most creative musicians on the scene today. We will explore some of his timeless compositions as well as other tunes he loved to play. This night is not to be missed. It will live on as part of his amazing story and legacy.”
The concert, which will take place in Symphony Space’s Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, will feature, among many others, Joey Baron, Tim Berne, Ravi Coltrane, Marilyn Crispell, Andrew Cyrille, Greg Osby, Gary Peacock, Matt Wilson, Petra Haden, Steve Caredenas, Larry Grenadier, Tony Malaby and Bill McHenry.
For more information and to order tickets, go to www.symphonyspace.org.