Billy Hart at the Jackson Theater, June 5
“Want to know what jazz is really about? Listen to Billy Hart.”
— Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press
June 5 – Sunday
4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa
7:00 p.m. | $65 | $45 | $25 Reserved seating
Sponsors: Arbor Bench Vineyards, North Coast Brewing Cº., Young’s Market Cº
Sunday starts out with The Billy Hart Quartet, the drummer’s current working band, which draws on a lineup representing the best of the current New York jazz sound – rhythmically adventurous, deeply thoughtful, emotionally probing, quietly fiery. The players are the unpredictable pianist Ethan Iverson (of the Bad Plus), first-call bassist Ben Street, cerebrally swinging tenor man Mark Turner, and Hart.
Wrapping up the Billy extravaganza is Oceans of Time, which made a record of the same name in 1996, capturing a bit of the energy of early fusion bands like Weather Report, The Mahavishnu Orchestra and, of course, Mwandishi, the seminal Herbie Hancock band that featured Billy (and also Eddie Henderson of Enchance). Billy’s generous drumming with Oceans of Time, lays down a magic carpet for local tenor sax hero Craig Handy (replacing John Stubblefield, RIP), tenor-sax wonder Chris Potter, dazzling violinist Mark Feldman, explosive guitarist David “Fuze” Fiuczynski, propulsive pianist David Kikoski, bass stalwart Cecil McBee, funk-forward drummer Lorca Hart, and Billy Hart too – a father-and-son drum dream team.