[Shelton] brings to mind a young Anthony Braxton, with an acerbic asceticism, obliquely rooted in jazz, at work.” – All About Jazz
Composer, bandleader and reed player Aram Shelton presents a concert of new music inspired by the canyonlands of southeastern Utah, for a quartet of accomplished Bay Area and Chicago-based improvisers.
Aram Shelton, reeds
James Fei, reeds
Mark Clifford, vibraphone
Anton Hatwich, acoustic bass
With more than a dozen recordings to his credit, saxophonist and composer Aram Shelton is emerging as one of the shining lights of his generation, an energetic organizer and bandleader, prolific composer and compelling instrumentalist with close ties to both the Bay Area and Chicago creative jazz scenes. Shelton’s music draws inspiration from the rich history and language of free jazz and the African American avant-garde, and he brings a fresh, lean, focused compositional aesthetic to his many projects, including the quartet Marches, the Aram Shelton Group, These Are Our Hours, Stratic and Ton Trio II.
*This is the third performance in the Best Coast Jazz Composers Series, a new monthly concert series showcasing the extraordinary and singular talents of some of the Bay Area’s most creative and prolific jazz artists. The series feature local composers in evening-length profile concerts that explore several aspects of their diverse musical personalities, and celebrates the emergence of an eclectic, innovative and wildly creative New West Coast Sound in jazz. Curated by Lisa Mezzacappa.
Friday November 8 – Randy McKean