with Alvin Fielder, Richard Brown, and host Raphael Semmes
This Sunday saxophonist MICHAEL ADKINS returns to the Jazz Spot, affording everyone from casual listeners and serious jazz aficionados to professional musicians the opportunity to see and hear a jazz artist at the peak of his powers and at a point in his career where he is testing the elasticity of the concepts that contain his ideas. His new album, Flaneur, attests to the fact that this is a jazz artist who has grown in both his compositions and his playing since his last album, Rotator.
Since moving from his native Canada to New York, Michael has found both his voice and his footing among the ranks of notable Gotham tenor saxophonists, inspiring him to further his education and knowledge of jazz in New Orleans.
All this leading to another stop at Fusion Coffeehouse where he will be ably assisted on Sunday by extraordinary drummer and bona fide jazz legend Alvin Fielder along with the formidable and improvisationally gifted bassist Richard Brown. Fusion host Raphael Semmes will be on hand to speak with Michael about his writing, performing and studies with, of course, some New York memories in the mix. And it's always a treat to catch up with the indefatigable, knowledgeable and entertaining Mr. Fielder about all things jazz. Likewise with Richard Brown who stays supremely busy performing with the Mississippi Symphony, teaching a full complement of students and working on his own gigs and projects.
This special session will be a "real deal" look into the wonder and workings of forging a career in the epicenter of jazz and assimilating that knowledge to a new region with a somewhat different culture. Michael Adkins is an unassuming, humble gentleman and one cool cat whose saxophone speaks in a voice that will stay with you.
Don't miss this one and come early for best seating.
The Jazz Spot will be warm and the java will be hot (unless you opt for our iced coffee). Don't miss it!
NOTE: Michael may have some CDs available for sale (and autographing)
Our most successful festival yet!
Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed an incredible day of music, food, and fun! We had an impressive turnout for our stellar lineup. Mr. Benny Golson and his quartet were incredible, as were Astral Project, Russell Welch, Aurora Nealand, the Vamps, Southern Komfort and more. Here are some scenes from the day...
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