Kelowna’s very own saxophone hero, jazz educator, and BC Interior Jazz Festival coordinator Craig Thomson will be performing New York Is Now: the Music of Ornette Coleman as part of his classic jazz album series on September 13th at Muninn’s Post in downtown Kelowna. Winner of many prestigious awards including the 2013 Okanagan Arts Award for Music, Craig Thomson is one of the most in-demand musicians of the Okanagan. Fully fluent in all aspects of jazz, including the more progressive works of Wayne Shorter, Joshua Redman, and Joe Henderson, Thomson is a master improviser imbued with emotive lyricism. His 2012 debut CD of original compositions, entitled Bright Beginnings, has garnered much critical acclaim and is a staple on CBC radio.
Craig’s Classic Album series is a monthly event presenting live versions of celebrated jazz records. Previous performances have included such seminal works as Charles Mingus’ Ah Um and Wayne Shorter’s Speak No Evil. This concert will feature the classic album New York Is Now by avant-garde jazz icon Ornette Coleman. Since his explosive debut in 1959 at the legendary Five Spot Café in New York, Ornette has been called “an extension of Bird (Charlie Parker)” by Modern Jazz Quartet pianist John Lewis, and is still regarded as a controversial figure in jazz today.
Joining Craig Thomson will be bassist Bernie Addington, drummer Michael Treadway, and tenor saxophonist Darren Williams. A proponent and performer of experimental music for over 20 years, Williams is an incendiary player steeped in extended instrumental technique and is one half of the curatorial team that operates the Skin And Bones Music Series.
This concert is co-presented with the Skin And Bones Music Series, an Okanagan Arts Award nominated concert series dedicated to the presentation of experimental music in the Okanagan, produced through the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art. Now in its fifth year of production, this concert is the thirty-sixth instalment of the Skin And Bones Music Series.
Doors open at 7:30pm and the concert will begin at 8pm sharp. Admission at the door is $15 for the public and $10 for students and downtown Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art members.