incredible virtuosity combined with inventive musicality in a fashion that was stunningly entertaining.” The Los Angeles Times
Bassist Alex Blake performs with an extraordinary playing style and a technique distinctly his own. He combines innovative strumming, rapid lyrical notations and percussive slaps on his bass to create a unique and compelling sound. Alex Blake’s talent is measured by the plenitude of masters who have called upon him: Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Sun Ra, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Lenny White, Stan Getz, Harry Belafonte, and the Manhattan Transfer. Alex is a long-time member of NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston’s African Rhythms. Alex will be joined by pianist Burnett Thompson on the Piano Jazz at the Arts Club series.
Pianist Burnett Thompson appears regularly on stages in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Kunming, London, Prague, and New York. He produces the Piano Jazz at the Arts Club series, now concluding its 7th year. He is past director of the Foggy Bottom Chamber Ensemble, and includes a broad swath of cultural influences in his work.