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The Legendary Murray/El’Zabar Duo

Rare Stateside Appearance by Iconic Duo

June 29, 2017 | 7:30 pm

- $25 – $30
The Old Church

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Multi-reedist David Murray and drummer/percussionist Kahil El’Zabar have been at the forefront of creative exploration and compositional diversity for over four decades, and both are recognized by their peers as top tier virtuosos and innovators. This Portland appearance will mark a rare stateside performance by both men in a truly special occasion.

Murray is one of the most recorded musicians as a leader in the history of jazz, with well over 200 celebrated projects. He has worked with an array of musical luminaries such as Elvin Jones, Jack DeJohnette, McCoy Tyner, Jerry Garcia, Max Roach, James Blood Ulmer, Lester Bowie and Amiri Baraka, plus he is currently performing with Macy Gray as part of the David Murray Big Band. Murray has won numerous awards over his vast career including a Grammy® Award in 1989 in the Best Jazz Instrumental Group Performance category for his Blues for Coltrane: A Tribute to John Coltrane album and the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship award.

El’Zabar is revered globally as a visionary music conceptualist. He has recorded more than 60 critically acclaimed projects as leader, composer and arranger. El’Zabar has worked with musical icons such as Dizzy Gillespie, Pharaoh Sanders, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Cannonball Adderly, Archie Shepp, Paul Simon, Kurt Elling, Eddie Harris and Roy Ayers. In 2014, El’Zabar was Knighted by the Council General of France.

Together, Murray and El’Zabar are the miracle of profound sound who can brilliantly express the epiphany to be free, with body and soul plus the hope and desire that comes from blowing musical fire.