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    GJF: Jean Derome’s Somebody Special: Music of Steve Lacy with Karen Young & Darius Jones’s Le bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation) with Emilie Lesbros

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    September 15, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

    GJF: Jean Derome’s Somebody Special: Music of Steve Lacy with Karen Young & Darius Jones’s Le bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation) with Emilie Lesbros

    Jean Derome

    The Montreal trio of Jean Derome (woodwinds), Normand Guilbeault (double-bass), and Pierre Tanguay (drums) is renowned for dedicating each set of a multi-set concert to pieces by a single composer, giving listeners a rich immersion into the work of, for example, Charles Mingus, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, or Misha Mengelberg. Somebody Special extends this research to the singular repertoire of American soprano saxophonist and composer, Steve Lacy. Since Lacy’s death in 2004, several repertory bands have emerged to play his vast book of compositions, but Somebody Special is one of the very few to focus on Lacy’s songs, composed for his wife and close music partner, Irene Aebi, settings of wonderful texts by published poets and artists. For this formidable task, Jean Derome has engaged one of Canada’s great singers, Karen Young. With pianist Alexandre Grogg rounding out the ensemble, Somebody Special (named for a Lacy song based on a text by Brion Gysin) will no doubt be something special indeed.

    Saturday, 15 September, 8pm, Guelph Youth Music Centre (on a bill with Darius Jones’s Le bébé de Brigitte), $30/$25

    Jean Derome website
    Jean Derome’s ‘Actuelle CD’ page

    Listen on YouTube

    Darius Jones

    New York alto saxophonist and composer Darius Jones presents the most recent of the projects in his Man’ish Boy Epic, an ambitious multi-recording program reflecting his unique aesthetic and cosmology. Le bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation) adds the distinctive talents of French singer and composer, Emilie Lesbros, to sing a rich and varied suite of songs by her and Jones (composed together and separately) that are animated by his massive-toned alto playing. By turns introspective, swinging, and searing, the suite – with lyrics in both English and French – is steeped in the histories of jazz and chanson, but reflects a highly personal shared musical language that Jones’s superb ensemble fleshes out evocatively through improvisation: John Escreet (piano, Rhodes), Sean Conly (bass), and Ches Smith (drums). The group’s performance in Guelph will be the first time this music is played in Canada.

    Saturday, 15 September, 8pm, Guelph Youth Music Centre (on a bill with Jean Derome’s Somebody Special), $30/$25

    Darius Jones website
    Listen on YouTube

    See also Darius Jones & Amirtha Kidambi

    Details

    Date:
    September 15, 2018
    Time:
    8:00 pm
    Website:
    http://guelphjazzfestival.com/schedule/

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