Ambrose Akinmusire Trio featuring Kris Davis and Nasheet Waits
Saturday, September 28, 8:00-9:00 & 9:30-10:30pm
Throughout his 15-year career, AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE has situated himself both in the center of jazz and at its periphery, most recently emerging in classical and hip-hop circles. With a deep belief in invention and creativity, Akinmusire is on a perpetual quest for new paradigms, masterfully weaving inspiration from various genres, arts, and experiences into bold, new, and unflinching yet graceful forms. His unorthodox approach to sound and composition make him a regular on critics’ polls, and have earned him grants and commissions from the Doris Duke Foundation, MAP Fund, Kennedy Center, Berlin Jazz Festival, and Monterey Jazz. While Akinmusire continues to garner accolades, he still challenges everything: himself, his instrument, genre, form, preconceived notions, and limitations of any kind.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, pianist-composer KRIS DAVIS has released eleven recordings as a leader. She was voted 2018 Rising Star Artist and 2017 Rising Star Pianist in Downbeat magazine, and had The New York Times declaring: “One method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis.” Davis works regularly with artists such as Terri Lyne Carrington, John Zorn, Craig Taborn, Tyshawn Sorey, Eric Revis, Julian Lage, and Ingrid Laubrock. In 2016, Davis started Pyroclastic Records, a label for contemporary jazz and improvisation. Davis is the Associate Director of Creative Development at Berklee for the Institute Jazz and Gender Justice.
Drummer and music educator NASHEET WAITS is a New York native whose interest in playing the drums was encouraged by his father, legendary percussionist, Frederick Waits. While attending Long Island University, Waits studied privately with renowned percussionist, Michael Carvin. It was mentor Max Roach who first offered Waits an international spotlight, hiring him as a member of the famed percussion ensemble M’BOOM. Soon, Waits’ talent came to the attention of reedman Antonio Hart, who asked him to originate the percussion chair of his first quintet. Waits remained a standing member of Hart’s various ensembles, recording three albums and touring nationally and internationally in noted venues and jazz festivals, as well as on live television and radio. Most recently, Waits has been a member of Andrew Hill’s various bands, Jason Moran’s Bandwagon, and Fred Hersch’s trio, and can boast stints with jazz notables such as Geri Allen, Mario Bauza, Hamiett Bluiett, Jane Bunnett, Abraham Burton, and Jaki Byard. Waits collaborates and performs regularly with musical cohorts, contemporaries, and masters, and, additionally, teaches private lessons to youth and adults.