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A Tribute to Kenny Kirkland with The Anne Sajdera Quintet
March 18, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Harvey Wainapel, sax
Anne Sajdera, piano
Gary Brown, bass
Deszon Claiborne, drums
Ami Molinelli Hart, percussion
Though he only recorded one album as leader (1991), Kenny Kirkland’s genre-spanning work with major modern artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Miroslav Vitous, & Sting among others, gives him a uniquely honored place in the world of jazz and music in general. In this concert, pianist/composer Anne Sajdera and her Quintet will perform compositions from his 1991 recording as well as representative samples from the wide spectrum of Kirkland’s discography as a sideman. The quintet will also play a pair of Sajdera’s original compositions inspired particularly by Kirkland’s genius & creativity.
Pianist/composer Anne Sajdera has long been an invaluable part of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene—as leader of her own trio and performing with artists such as Alexa Weber Morales, Terrence Brewer and Sandy Cressman. Her outstanding debut Azul (JAZZIZ Magazine 2012 Top Ten Critic’s Poll, Latin Jazz Corner’s Great Latin Jazz Albums from 2012, number 5 for best new talent 2012 Jazz Station blog), released by her label (Bijuri Records) and co-produced by Ray Obiedo, highlights her exquisite touch, rhythmic acuity, and melodic resourcefulness. Sajdera’s newest project, a 10-piece jazz orchestra with strings and horns, weave together her roots in American and Brazilian jazz and her European and Hindustani classical training to create a unique musical tapestry.