Houston Person Quartet featuring Greg Hutchinson - San Jose Jazz

Houston Person Quartet featuring Greg Hutchinson

Thu, May 9
6pm Doors, 7pm showtime (Pacific)
$25 / SJZ Break Room

Presented by JaZzLine Institute, supported by California Arts Council

Born in 1934, Houston Person played the piano before taking up the saxophone at age 17. Even before he attended Hartt College of Music, Person was playing with musicians like Eddie Harris and Cedar Walton. He is also a prolific producer, contributing to the albums of artists like Red Holloway and David “Fathead” Newman. Ever since he recorded his first album as a leader, Underground Soul, for Prestige Records in 1966, big-tones tenor saxophonist Houston Person has been a standard-bearer of so-called soul jazz. His thoughtfully chosen repertoire of blues and ballads, popular and R&B standards, and compositions by fellow jazz instrumentalists aims to please the public and has helped keep Person in steady work, in clubs, concerts and on records.

After being rejected from music school in his teens, Greg Hutchinson began to take lessons from Justin Diccicio, who helped him become a professional musician. His professional career began with collaborations with Red Rodney, Betty Carter, and Ray Brown while still in his early twenties. Since then, he has worked with Dianne Reeves, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, Roy Hargrove, Charles Lloyd, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr., Joshua Redman, Christian McBride as well as many others. His time signatures and beat compositions have won him praise from the hip hop community as well leading him to work with artists like Common and super-producer Kareem Riggins. Jazz Magazine describes him as “the drummer of his generation.” His mastery of timing and expression of rhythms is at the core of his personal style. He is a musician’s drummer-- soundly rooted in the jazz tradition, he is able to approach all styles of music with supreme accuracy and imagination, decorating compositions with his natural feel and mind blowing innovation.

Essiet Okon Essiet first received critical acclaim more than a decade ago as a member of saxophonist Bobby Watson's post hard bop group Horizon. He has long since established himself as one of New York's premier bassists. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he began studying jazz at the age of 14. Having traveled widely as a youngster with his family, his early exposure to many cultures, languages, folkways and religions fostered his world view of strength through diversity. "Some musicians are purist" says Essiet, "but I like to mix styles. I like many different types of cultures". After his big break working with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, The Leaders, and South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim from 1982-1986, Essiet settled in NYC. In 1988, he joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and remained in the group until the famed drummer's passing in 1990. During the next decade, the bassist began what has proven to be a significant freelance career. He has performed and recorded with such notables as Benny Golson, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Jimmy Cobb, Bennie Maupin, Eddie Henderson, Kenny Garrett, Kenny Kirkland and many, many other big names in jazz.

Pianist Joe Warner is one of the Bay Area’s brightest young talents. He is Pianist and Musical Director for The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, leads the Joe Warner Trio, and has also performed or recorded with Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Gary Bartz, Elena Pinderhughes, Marvin 'Smitty' Smith, Casey Benjamin, Willie Jones III, John Santos and John Handy, among others.

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Houston Person - saxophone Greg Hutchinson - drums Joe Warner - piano Essiet Essiet - bass

SJZ Break Room

Our popup venue and video recording studio that we've developed in our offices at 310 S. First (map) at San Carlos in San Jose’s SoFA District. The technology of the space is first-class with marvelous sound, lighting and video, and all the action is projection-mapped to a 35′ X 14′ bank of windows, providing the show free to the public and enlivening downtown street life.

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Presented by

JaZzLine Institute, supported by the California Arts Council

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