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Chuck Israels: Coltrane Time
feat. Jimmy Greene and Charlie Porter
February 25, 2016 | 7:30 pm- $20 – $25
Chuck Israels is a composer/arranger/bassist who has worked with Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, J.J. Johnson, John Coltrane, and many others. He is best known for his work with the Bill Evans Trio from 1961 through 1966 and for his pioneering accomplishments in Jazz Repertory as Director of the National Jazz Ensemble from 1973 to 1981. He directed the jazz studies program at Western Washington University from 1986 to 2009 when he retired from that position and moved to Portland, OR, to return to full time professional musical life forming the Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra.
Israels had the good fortune to be included in a recording session with John Coltrane in March of 1958 which this program draws its inspiration from. States Israels, “John had gained attention in the Miles Davis Quintet and was one of the accomplished tenor players of the period but not yet the iconic idol he was to become. It was a milestone in my work as a recording jazz musician – my first professional recording.”