Eric Person, saxophones, flute
Craig Bailey, alto sax, flute
Patience Higgins, tenor sax, clarinet
Sylvester Scott, tenor sax, flute
Duane Eubanks, trumpet
Mark Magowen, trumpet
Adam Klipple, piano
Bryan Carrott, vibraphone
Adam Armstrong, bass
Shinnosuke Takahashi, drums
Saxophonist and composer Eric Person left his native St. Louis in 1982 looking to see what the New York City jazz scene had to offer. After an initial gig with the John Hicks Big Band, he was soon performing with a diverse array of jazz artists such as Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Chico Hamilton, the World Saxophone Quartet, Dave Douglas, Donald Byrd, Houston Person, Ronald Shannon Jackson, and many others. He's also been featured with rock and funk icons Vernon Reid, Ben Harper, and Bootsy Collins.
In 1983, Person had the opportunity to play with jazz legend, Chico Hamilton and record six CDs with the band. From 1984 to '87, Person was a featured band member with Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society. He recorded six CDs with Jackson, including the classic, When Colors Play. In 1993, Person released the first of three albums on Soul Note Records - Arrival, Prophecy, and More Tales to Tell - all of which garnered great reviews from critics. From 1994 to '97, Person was a pivotal member of the Dave Holland Quartet, which toured throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada. The band's success culminated in the classic ECM recording, Dream of the Elders. In 1997, Person contributed to Ben Harper's gold status CD, The Will to Live, and appeared in the documentary Pleasure and Pain, which featured performances at London's Royal Albert Hall. That same year, many jazz fans noticed Person in the documentary, Blue Note: A Story Of Modern Jazz.
In addition to his efforts as a sideman, Person is also a leader with nine albums under his name. His 2010 release, The Grand Illusion, was reviewed by critic Donald Elfman of All About Jazz, who declared that "Person seems to find something new to say and a different direction to follow with every project he undertakes ... the music seems daring at this time." In a review of 2007's Rhythm Edge, JazzTimes critic Bill Milkowski called Person "a risk-taking improviser, accomplished composer, and inveterate swinger." Critic Russ Musto of All About Jazz Magazine proclaimed about Live at Big Sur (2002) that "Person is more than fine; he's a major talent of his generation."
Person's 2012 release Thoughts on God is his first CD that features a large ensemble of thirteen musicians playing a suite of twelve compositions that glorify the creator. Michael McDowell of Blitz Magazine says, "He (Person) has definitely joined Coltrane in having produced an enduring work that will stand as a hallmark of the genre."
Tonight's performance at the Blue Note will feature an array of talented and versatile musicians. Featured along with Person will be pianist Adam Klipple, vibraphonist Bryan Carrott, saxophonists Patience Higgins and Craig Bailey, trumpeter Duane Eubanks and many others. This is a performance you don't want to miss!
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