Thursday February 20 8pm, absolutely free jazz!
Demos Frenette McLellan Wright 4tet: [PA MA FL]
Jack Wright – saxes
Kevin Frenette – guitar
Kit Demos – bass
John McLellan – drums
Jill Burton – voice
Baker Wright 2tet: [Andover, Lowell MA]
Ryan Baker – bass
Walter Wright – drums
surprise guest (can u say Steph Lak) !!!
Jack Wright has been a full-time saxophonist of improvisation since 1979, though he began playing as a ten-year-old in 1952. He quit, basically because he couldn’t play chord-change jazz. In the long hiatus that followed he studied and reflected on history, philosophy, culture, which he continues to do. He taught and quit that, engaged in radical politics and quit that when the left lost its revolutionary edge, began playing again as a free improviser. He has been regularly discouraged but has not stopped. Now he is known to a few people and seeks to keep the low profile, which is the easy way to go, business-wise. He used to rage and stomp around like a Dionysian; now he can make soft and squeaky sounds, mixed with occasional lion roars and dog barkings. He wears shorts, a beard, long hair, and a hat. He mostly sits crouched down, with the bell of his horn pressed against his bare thigh and muted sometimes into silence. He plays in public only with people who interest him musically and personally, but that’s still a lot of people, since he plays a lot of different ways, from free jazz to nothing recognizable as saxophone music. He may be obscure but he comes close to doing exactly what he wants in his life, and that is no simple matter for any of us.