April 26 ,
08:00 PM -
Composer, arranger, poet, bandleader, and saxophonist Oliver Lake is a co-founder of the internationally acclaimed World Saxophone Quartet with Julius Hemphill, Hamiet Bluiett and David Murray; as well as the multi-disciplinary St. Louis collective the Black Artists Group. Mr. Lake has created chamber works for the FLUX String Quartet, collaborated with choreographer Ronald K. Brown, shared the stage with Mos Def and Me'shell Ndegeocello, and arranged for Bjork, Lou Reed, and A Tribe Called Quest. Mr. Lake will perform as part of the Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend with his Big Band, which features 17 musicians, including Hartford native Josh Evans on trumpet. The group's critically-acclaimed album "Wheels" (2013) includes an arrangement of OutKast's "The Whole World," which DownBeat called "the best-ever jazz cover of a hip-hop track."
The Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Adjunct Professor of Music Jay Hoggard, will open the concert with a performance of classic jazz compositions.
"Lake's arrangements underscore the alto saxophonist's appreciation of Oliver Nelson,
Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus as well as Sun Ra."
--Jazz Inside Magazine
Crowell Concert Hall
$20 general public; $18 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students
Music Department, Center for the Arts, African American Studies, Office of Diversity