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An Evening with Kenny Garrett

Tue, Jun 18 -
Wed, Jun 19, 2019




$30.50 ($6 Service fee Included) All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone.
Night of show seating typically available.



The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitiriou's Jazz Alley welcomes alto saxophonist Kenny Garret for two nights. Band members are Kenny Garrett (alto and soprano saxophones), Corcoran Holt (acoustic bass), Vernell Brown (acoustic piano), Samuel Laviso (drums) and Rudy Bird (percussion). Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm each night.

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Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation. As a bandleader for the last two decades, he has also continually grown as a composer.

Recently, one of the most popular and acclaimed groups that he has been a part of is the GRAMMY® award winning Five Peace Band, joining guitarist John McLaughlin, pianist Chick Corea, bassist Christian McBride, and drummers Vinnie Colaiuta and Brian Blade. His participation in that band led him to experiment with writing in different meters. “Some of these songs are in odd meters; in my experience with John, we played some songs in odd meters, so I thought, this is a different way of writing songs,” Garrett states. “So there is some of that approach here.”

Like much of Garrett’s work, his most recent album Do Your Dance! (2016, Mack Avenue) carries a personal tinge inside an easily accessible vessel. Dedicated this time around to late trumpet player Marcus Belgrave, Do Your Dance! is a rollicking trip through the popular dancing rhythms of swing, funk, Latin, and more. With his mastery over composition and improvisation, Garrett encourages the listener to not only dance with their body, but to also dance with their soul – to be the leader of their own band.

Like all successful bandleaders, Garrett knows what he wants musically and has formed a band that will best communicate his message. Do Your Dance! kicks into high gear right from the jump with opening track “Philly,” where pianist Vernell Brown Jr.’s lushly romantic chords give way to Garrett stabbing out fast-break phrases over densely packed explosions from drummer Ronald Bruner Jr. Intense numbers, like the deep-in-the-pocket “Backyard Groove” and the light-footed, lightning-speed “Chasing the Wind,” find Garrett pushing his horn to its raw-throated sonic limits while providing a particularly vivid showcase for bassist Corcoran Holt, who navigates the relentless pace with intuitive agility.

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