Spring Quartet: Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese
Studying the vibrant history of modern music, not just jazz alone, you’d be hard pressed to find a major name that Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese are not connected to, whether it be on recordings, performances or collaborations. To have these musicians co-lead a modern multi-generational project that showcases the linear path from the beginning source to the future of the lauded jazz idiom, is a spectacle in itself.
One of the most respected drummers on the planet, NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette who led a brilliantly conceived quartet at last year’s festival was hailed by the New York Times as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz history,” Grammy® award winning saxophone giant Joe Lovano has distinguished himself as a prescient and path-finding force in the arena of creative music. As leaders over the past 25 years, these two forces of nature recorded upwards of 30 combined Blue Note albums. The young Portland bassist/vocalist/composer Esperanza Spalding was one of the biggest breakout stars of 2011—not just in jazz, but in all genres of music. Her receipt of the 2011 GRAMMY® for Best New Artist was unprecedented—the first time in history that a jazz musician has won the award— but Spalding continues to make the unprecedented the norm. She makes her fourth festival appearance since 2008 including her part in the trio collective ACS, last years west coast festival premiere. The all star frontline is rounded out by the amazing Argentinean pianist Leo Genovese a long-time collaborative partner of Spalding’s, who has traveled the globe on her Chamber Music Society and Radio Music Society tours.