Doors, Bar & Restaurant open at 5:30. Music at 8:00. No Cover. Donations encouraged.
Sunday April 5
Ricky Ford Quartet
"...a cloudburst of saturated color...sonorous concentrate. Tenor saxophonist Ford was at that precise juncture where his hard-boppish savvy engaged with his transcendent arcs of idealism. " - Joe Major / Pioneer Valley Jazz
Ricky Ford: Tenor saxophone
John Kordalewski: Piano
Jerome Harris: Bass
Barry Altschul: Drums
One of the leading tenor saxophonists of his generation, Boston-born Ford trained at the New England Conservatory, and was invited, by Mercer Ellington to join the Duke Ellington Orchestra a few months after the passing of Duke Ellington and Paul Gonsalves.
He went on to work with Charles Mingus (1976-1977), Dannie Richmond (1978-1981), Lionel Hampton (1980-1982), Abdullah Ibrahim (1983-1990), Mal Waldron (1989-1994), and participated in recording sessions with Yusef Lateef, Sonny Stitt, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Amina Claudine Myers, Sathima Bea Benjamin and Steve Lacy, among others.
As a leader, he has recorded 21 albums and authored a vast repertoire of originals. He settled in Paris in the 1990s, where he has played a leading role among the community of expatriate American jazz musicians there. Ricky recorded his most current albums - 7095 and Sacred Concert - with his Paris-based, Breton ensemble Ze Big Band.
In recent years he has made more frequent trips to the US, often playing with a quartet including legendary drummer Barry Altschul, bassist Jerome Harris (Sonny Rollins), and Boston pianist John Kordalewski – all of who will perform at The Falcon.