Doors, Bar & Restaurant open at 5:30. Music at 8:00. No Cover. Donations encouraged.
Sunday February 9
Eric Person 4tet
The Eric Person 4tet plays the music of Ronald Shannon Jackson (1940 – 2013), a dramatically exciting drummer and one of the most uncompromisingly fearsome exponents of the post-1960s fusion. The antithesis of the tastefully discreet accompanist, he was a force of nature at the kit. Jackson's often thunderous directness appealed to pioneering leaders Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, the vocalist Betty Carter, and the pianists Cecil Taylor and McCoy Tyner. Jackson’s work embodied a sense of play. Pleasure was this artist’s chief objective, and in it, he succeeded brilliantly.Eric performed with the groundbreaking drummer/composer in the 80s, and his music left an indelible mark on the veteran saxophonist.
Eric Person: Saxophone
Neil “Nail” Alexander: Keyboards
Robert Kopec: Bass
Dean Sharp: Drums
“...saxophonist Eric Person seems to find something new to say and a different direction to follow with every project he undertakes.” - Donald Elfman / Jazz Reviewer / Producer
“...a risk-taking improviser, accomplished composer and inveterate swinger. His best outing to date, Rhythm Edge presents an abundant sampling of this multi-faceted yet underrated talent.” - Bill Milkowski / Jazztimes
For over thirty years, Eric Person has been committed to composing, recording and performing dynamic and innovative music. His personal sound on alto, soprano, tenor saxophones and flute have been featured on more than 50 recordings. He studied at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and has taught and performed internationally.
He has a broad range of experience performing with the masters of modern creative music, such as Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Chico Hamilton, Wallace Roney, Ronald Shannon Jackson, World Saxophone Quartet, and John Hicks, among others.
During the 1990’s Person performed and recorded with bassist Dave Holland's Quartet, the World Saxophone Quartet and Chico Hamilton’s Euphoria. He also released his first three CDs as a bandleader for Soul Note Records.
In 1999, Person established his working band Meta-Four and started his own label Distinction Records.
Person’s next three CD releases: The Grand Illusion, Thoughts on God and DuoScope found him leading an electric band, a big band and a duo project.