Donny McCaslin Group
Pre-Show Q&A with Donny McCaslin: 8:00pm
"Donny McCaslin's gargantuan tenor sound finds an ideal setting to rampage through in the ferocious grooves and electronic textures of keyboardist Jeff Babko, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and drummer Nate Wood." New Yorker Magazine
"Tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin has bravely developed a uniquely personal sound that proudly claims its heritage in the long mainstream of jazz, yet sounds freshly innovative. He deploys sheets-of-sound density inherited from saxophonist John Coltrane, together with an inventive approach to rhythm and placement of notes." All About Jazz
At times there is a Wayne Shorter-like beauty in McCaslin's playing. He is a top-shelf tenor saxophonist with a big round sound and rhythmic ingenuity. His projects, acoustic and electric, have always been high watermarks for straight-ahead playing and composition while inventive exploration has characterized his music. Almost from the beginning Donny demonstrated his blistering chops extroverted but never overstated, ripe with fresh ideas and nervy artistry. the New Yorker
"He's a versatile player who moves easily between inside and outside musical zones... There's a fluidity and grace to his playing even when he's pushing at envelopes. there is
praise for the incisive twists and purposeful turns of his emotionally charged solos.
startling virtuosity, and his distinctive voice as a composer." Jazz Times
"Tenor player Donny McCaslin aims high and rather gloriously hits all his targets! With his trademark gift for brawny melodies McCaslin blends inside and outside sensibilities into one sumptuous and satisfying package and has crafted a game-changer fusing a wealth of forward-looking influences into one wholly new modern jazz sound." All About Jazz
His current CD, Casting for Gravity, soars past fusion into alchemy, forging a visionary voice from eclectic influences while integrating modern musical genres seamlessly into envelope-pushing jazz. McCaslin has long been one of the music's most striking voices. His own solo work and compositions have been marked by a restless exploration that is only accelerated with his latest release.
McCaslin now has two young children at home, the more idyllic nature of family life is depicted in "Gravity's" joyous closer, "Henry," written for his infant son.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School (View)
200 South Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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