The Great Performance Series at Hope College will present a night of jazz with the Joe Lovano Trio on Friday, April 14, at 8 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre.
The trio features internationally acclaimed and
four-time Grammy-nominated tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano,
along with musicians Cameron Brown and Adirs Muhammad.
"Move over Pavarotti, the greatest Italian tenor
around today isn't Luciano, but Lovano," New York's "Village
Voice" declared. Schooled by his father, tenor saxophonist
Tony "Big T" Lovano, Joe Lovano attended the famed Berklee
School of Music in Boston upon graduating from high school.
Since then, Lovano has experimented with different
ensembles, and recorded and composed a diverse group of
compact discs, including "Universal Language," with soprano
Judi Silvano, trumpeter Tim Hagans and pianist Kenny Werner;
"Tenor Legacy," with fellow saxophonist Josh Redman; "Rush
Hour," with string and woodwind ensembles arranged and
conducted by Gunther Schuller; "Flying Colors," with Cuban
pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba; and "Joe Lovano Quartets at the
Village Vanguard," "Joe Lovano Celebrating Sinatra" and
"Trio Fascination," with drummer Elvin Jones and bassist
Dave Holland. Of this latest release, "The Times" of London
has proclaimed, "this is state-of-the-art trio jazz!"
Lovano's music celebrates the improvisational
style of jazz, encouraging the musicians to find fresh ways
of expressing themselves.
"My music gives all of the musicians a lot of
freedom," Lovano said. "When you
play for a feeling and try to be expressive and improvise
with your wisdom and knowledge, things will happen fast."
Lovano's concert is the final event of the season
for the Hope College Great Performance Series.
Tickets are $12.50 for regular adult admission,
$10.50 for senior citizens and $6.50 for students, and will
be sold in advance at the theatre lobby ticket office in the
DeWitt Center, located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.
The box office opens for season subscribers on Wednesday,
April 12, and for the general public on Thursday-Friday,
Remaining tickets will be available at the door on
Friday, April 14. The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at
86 East 8th Street downtown Holland.
Additional information may be obtained by calling
the Great Performance Series at (616) 395-6996.