Is This Jazz? Alon Nechushtan and Dave Murphy Quartet

August 7, 2015 @ 8:30 pm – August 8, 2015 @ 12:00 am
AS220 Main Stage
115 Empire Street
Alon Nechushtan and Dave Murphy Quartet at ITJ @ AS220 on August 7th!
On August 7th we will be presenting another night of great jazz, this time featuring pianist Alon Nechushtan ( Alon is an Israeli-born musician who has traveled the world bringing his unique musical heritage to grateful audiences everywhere. He has since relocated to New York City and is ready to make his Rhode Island debut. He and his group have performed in such historic venues as Carnegie Hall, Jazz At Lincoln Center, and The Blue Note. Alon and his trio recently released a new album on the jazz label Enja, showcasing what DownBeat magazine calls “compelling chemistry in abundance and bold two-fist sense of architecture…making venture bound worth the most discerning listener.” Susan Frances of Jazz Times writes that Alon “keeps his notes on their toes as he creates tightly-rung arabesques and vivacious pirouettes with his keys…an instinct for organizing purely improvised energy that requires the audiences’ undivided attention.”
Opening up the night we have returning friend of the series Dave Murphy with his spectacular quartet. While finding common ground in the jazz idiom, the members of the Dave Murphy Quartet bring a unique blend of other styles to the band’s sound, including rock, 20th century classical, heavy metal, funk, and experimental. The chemistry between bassist Steve Johnson and drummer Matt Walshe makes for a strong, driving rhythm section. Guitarist Clay Nordhill provides a comping and soloing style that is both skillful and tasteful. Murphy plays saxophone with a delightfully provocative tone and an approach to improvisation that honors the jazz tradition while forging a personal style. The result is a music beyond category that both challenges and rewards listeners.
This will be a night of variety, intensity, and exploration that you will be sorry if you miss. Music kicks off at 9pm, admission is only $10. Come on by and hang!