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Matana Roberts brings her sax to town to play for Bop Arts' Jazz in the Atrium

Matana Roberts in FinlandBop Arts, Inc.'s Jazz in the Atrium continues tomorrow, May 26th with saxophonist Matana Roberts at 8:00 pm at the Bop Shop Atrium in the Village Gate in Rochester.

A jazz composer and improviser now based in New York City, Matana Roberts has worked with Steve Lacy, Eugene Chadbourne,Hery Grimes, Hannah Marcus, Fred Anderson, Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Robert Barry, Joe Maneri, Miya Masaoka, Vijay Iyer, David Boykins, and Ralph Alessi.  Growing up in Chicago, Roberts is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.The Jazz Journalists Association selected Roberts as a finalist nominee for the 2008 "Up and Coming Musician of the Year" award.Roberts is on a solo tour of 9 cities supporting her Coin Coin project, an ongoing  project in which Roberts is creating original compositions and various configurations,to pull together tales of seven generations of her own ancestry and the four continents it spans to paint a musical picture of her own and African American history.
 There is a more extensive discussion of this project at one of her earlier stops on this tour in Richmond, Va.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.


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