“He’s probably the best tenor player in the world.” —Ornette Coleman
Following his bandleader and mentor John Coltrane into the enigmatic twists of the avant-garde, tenor sax legend Pharoah Sanders pressed on until his playing turned transcendent. His early records, such as Tauhid (1966) and Karma (1969), lend themselves to engagement beyond just listening. On them, Sanders explores the breadth of anarchic free jazz, wrestling with the sacred and profane via psychedelic beatitudes and sax hosannas. Prolific for over 50 years, Sanders’ influence is immeasurable. His later works are characterized by a cerebral mellowing of his more aggressive edge, an ebbing into mature gracefulness with no sacrifice of intensity. Sanders’ lyrical arabesques further adorn the Flynn’s Main Stage in an evening program bound to entrance, to unify, to transcend.
Opening the performance will be the Vermont All State Jazz Ensemble. The group is made up of some of the finest young jazz musicians in the state of Vermont. Auditioning in the Fall, the selected students then perform throughout the spring, culminating in an annual performance at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.
Pharoah Sanders, tenor saxophone; Benito Gonzalez, piano; Nat Reeves,bass; Johnathan Blake, drums
Lineup subject to change