Monday, July 27, 2015

Anne Sajdera Revisits Wayne Shorter's "Native Dancer" this Saturday, in CA

Beautiful music coming up this weekend - tune in to KCSM, 91.1 FM, on Thursday July 31st, 9am PDT - Pianist/composer/arranger Anne Sajdera talks to Alisa Clancy about this upcoming concert, the performers involved and of course the music...

This Saturday, August 1st, 8pm
The Anne Sajdera Sextet at Musically Minded Academy (MMA)
5776 Broadway, Oakland 
(5 blocks from Rockridge BART)

For tickets:

Featuring: Anne Sajdera (piano), Erik Jekabson (trumpet), Harvey Wainapel (sax), Gary Brown (bass), Deszon Claiborne (drums) & Ami Molinelli Hart (percussion)

Wayne Shorter's seminal recording Native Dancer (Columbia, 1974) was a collaborative effort with the legendary Brazilian composer & singer Milton Nascimento which included a collection of such groundbreaking songs as "Ponta de Areia," "Milagre dos Peixes," "Tarde," and "Lilia" as well as Shorter's exceptionally poignants "Ana Maria" (included on Anne's amazing debut CD, "Azul"), "Bauty And The Beast" (that became a contemporary jazz classic) and "Diana" (dedicated to Airto & Flora Purim's daugher.) The album featured Herbie Hancock, Jay Graydon, Dave McDaniels and David Amaro interacting with Brazilian musicians Airto Moreira, Wagner Tiso, and Robertinho Silva.

In this concert, the mega-talented Anne Sajdera and her sextet will perform selections from that recording in addition to original compositions inspired specifically by the depth of Shorter's and Nascimento's masterful music.

This concert will be recorded for broadcast on KCSM and each audience member who makes an additional contribution to the musicians will be thanked on-air for that program. Jim Bennett of KCSM's In the Moment presents a new concert series at Musically Minded Academy, dedicated to continuing the legacy of jazz as a living art-form.

For this concert, there will be a short first set featuring a mix of what the Sextet normally presents, followed by a brief intermission, and then a short discussion with Jim and Anne about the importance (historical and personal) of this particular recording. A few questions will be taken from the audience. The Sextet will then perform Native Dancer in its entirely, not as a mere recreation, but with the goal of bringing the music alive for a new audience. Not to be missed.

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