Returning to Rochester soon after the great performance of his Debussy/Ravel project in Kilbourn Hall during the 2012 Rochester Jazz Festival, Exodus to Jazz is briging Tom Harrell to town this week on Thursday night at Hochstein Performance Hall. Harrell will be appearing with his group TRIP, including Mark Turner on tenor sax, Adam Cruz on drums and Ugonna Okegwo, his bassist of 13 years, before moving on to the Festival of New Trumpet Music at the Jazz Standard in NYC.
Playing trumpet and flugelhorn, Tom Harrell is recognized as one of the most creative and uncompromising jazz instrumentalists and composers around with a discography that spans over 260 recordings and more than four decades. A quote on Harrell's site from music and arts critic Howard Reich in the Chicago Tribune sums up my experience of Harrell's approach to jazz:
Neither aggressively avant-garde nor focused on the past, neither steeped in the language of bebop nor entirely free from it. Harrell's music simply celebrates sonic beauty for its own sake.
His music is always fresh, innovative, and often quite beautiful. I have never been disappointed. Neither have others. Tom Harrell is a frequent winner in Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines' Critics and Readers Polls and a Grammy nominee. Harrell also has been nominated for Trumpeter of the Year two years in a row for the 2010 and 2011 Jazz Journalists Association Awards. Harrell's appearance here at the Rochester jazz festival in 2006 and again this year with his Debussy/Ravel project were highlights of each year. I encourage you to come out for this performance, which will likely soar in the great sonic space that is Hochstein Performance Hall.
The skinny on Thursday night:
- Venue: Hochstein School of Music, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester
- Concert Time: 8:00 PM, doors at 7:00 PM. Two one-hour sets with 20-minute intermission
- Ticket Prices: Advanced Sales: Patron - $40; Premium - $30; General Admission - $25 At the Door: Patron - $42; Premium - $32; General Admission - $27
- Buy tickets: Advances Sales: Onsite at all Wegmans stores (Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse); Online at Brownpapertickets.com; At the Door: At each venue beginning 7:00pm, night of concert.