Listening Party with Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa
This interview/discussion series invites audiences to listen to new jazz albums while also meeting and hearing from the artists who recorded them. Hosted by Ken Druker, the programs are videotaped.
Alto saxophonist Mahanthappa discusses his newest release, Apex. This album, being released on the day of the Listening Party, is a blazing collaboration between Rudresh and fellow altoist Bunky Green that puts on display a fifty-year continuum of state-of-the-art saxophone playing. Featuring the all-star band of Jason Moran on piano, François Moutin on bass and switching off on drums, the dynamic Damion Reid and the great Jack DeJohnette, Apex shines a much-deserved spotlight on Bunky Green, a hugely influential but under-recognized original in jazz.
Mahanthappa, a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, is widely recognized as one of the most important jazz musicians today. At 39 years old, he has perennially been on the Down Beat Critics Poll as alto saxophonist and composer and has been named Alto Saxophonist of the Year the last two years by the Jazz Journalist Association.
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