George Coleman [tenor saxophone]
Davis Whitfield [piano]
Peter Washington [bass]
Joe Farnsworth [drums]
Legendary tenor saxophonist George Coleman, a renowned performer and living legend, launches a new era for Smoke Jazz Club, just as he did so auspiciously 23 years ago on the club’s opening night. At 87, Coleman is still making some of the most inspired music of his celebrated 70-year career, which has famously included work with B.B. King, Miles Davis, and Herbie Hancock among many others. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, the blues remains at the heart of Coleman’s harmonically advanced music. The Guardian says, “he’s still one of the most fluent and inventive tenor saxophonists around.” Downbeat adds, “When you hear the tenor sax of George Coleman, you know it’s him within a few notes. That deep spark of a tone evokes a time and place—be it his historic work with Max Roach, Chet Baker, and Miles Davis, or as a leader in his own right.” For this very special evening Coleman leads an impressive quartet with pianist Davis Whitfield, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Joe Farnsworth.