Acclaimed pianist and composer Lafayette Gilchrist and legendary saxophonist David Murray will appear in duo concerts livestreamed from clubs in Baltimore and NYC.
• Friday, August 7 at 7 p.m. EDT presented by An Die Musik in Baltimore. Access to streaming link $7. For information visit https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=546C69D9-0BE4-D303-41303E228C420536.
• Friday and Saturday, August 28–29 at 9 p.m. EDT presented by The Village Vanguard in New York City. Access is $10, available the week of the show via https://villagevanguard.com/.
Lafayette Gilchrist’s music draws on the span of jazz history from stride to free improvisation, along with inspiration from hip-hop, funk, and Washington D.C.’s unique go-go sound. His work thrives on making surprising connections between styles and influences, boldly veering from piledriver funk to piquant stride, vigorous swing to hip-hop swagger, contemplative abstraction to deep-bottom grooves. Gilchrist’s compositions have graced the soundtracks of David Simon’s acclaimed series The Wire, The Deuce, and Treme. He has toured extensively with David Murray, performed with singer Cassandra Wilson, trombonist Craig Harris, bassist William Parker and drummer Andrew Cyrille.
Few musicians in jazz history have proven more vigorously productive and resourceful than David Murray. For more than three decades, from the moment he first visited New York as a 20-year-old student playing in a walkup loft in 1975, Murray has careened forward in a cool, collected, rocket-fueled streak. He has released over 150 albums under his own name. More impressive than the numbers is the constancy of two abiding achievements: as a tenor saxophonist: he has perfected an instantly recognizable approach to improvisation that even in its freest flights acknowledges the gravity of a tradition he honors more than most, and he has altered the context for his improvisations as an infinite mosaic of musical challenges and explorations.