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Dave Burrell and Steve Swell

Dave Burrell and Steve Swell

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About the Yardbird Suite

The Yardbird Suite has been Edmonton's jazz venue since 1957.  It is the performance venue of the Edmonton Jazz Society, and is  an intimate,…

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Dave Burrell - piano
Steve Swell - trombone
Kyle Brenders - saxophone
Mark Segger - drums

In all of its eras, American jazz has been nurtured by an integral relationship between its historical roots and future visions. Veteran pianist and composer Dave Burrell masterfully operates in a realm where rooted tradition and avant-garde freedoms function as poles of a single vision. From the craftsmanship of rag through free jazz's radical peaks, his mastery and range through the music's vernacular and history is unforced. It's almost as if he is unaware of these distinctions and categories, and by false designations of "inside" and "outside" that limit the rest of us.

Burrell was a key collaborator to many of the revolutionary voices of the 1960's "New Thing" and appeared on some of the most important recordings by the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Marion Brown, Sonny Sharrock and Sunny Murray. His own work as a leader is equally vital. He is a composer with a distinct and thorough vision. As free as his improvisational spirit is, his work displays a determined intellect that may be most explicit in his operas and research-based projects made in collaboration with writer Monika Larsson.

Steve Swell has thoroughly broken away from what constitutes a traditional approach to playing and performing the trombone. His commitment to excellence and search for new frontiers on his instrument has enabled him to make his home in a variety approaches to improvising and composing. Swell exhibits great respect for the traditions of jazz and improvisation due in part from his tenures with the big bands of Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich and Jaki Byard. His dynamic playing can be heard in the ecstatic moments of free jazz ensembles such as William Parker or Ken Vandermark, more textural nuanced bands such as Blue Collar with Nate Wooley to the well known "downtown" ensembles of Joey Baron and Elliott Sharp. Steve has over fifty recordings as a leader or co-leader and over 125 releases as a sideman. His endless curiosity and need to create has kept him at the forefront of improvised music and a leading voice on his instrument for more than twenty years. His expansive vision as a composer has garnered him critical acclaim as well, currently through his composition Music for Six Musicians: Hommage a Olivier Messiaen recently released on the Silkheart label (Sweden).

Burrell and Swell have been collaborating as a duo since 2014 when Burrell invited Swell to play on Dave's “Turning Point” (No Business Records) concert at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia with compositions inspired from his research work on the Civil War.

Tickets are $28, plus applicable fees. Members will be reimbursed at the door

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