Sat., Nov. 8 8:00 p.m.
Erie Art Museum, 5th St. Entrance.
Donations of $ 10 for adults, $5 for JazzErie members and $5 for students are encouraged.
Quartet members are Fortune - saxophones & flute,
Michael Cochrane - piano,
David Williams - bass, and
Fortune's preferred drummer for some years, Steve Johns.
Bringing 60 years of jazz history.
Saxophonist Sonny Fortune brings with him the history of the past 50 years of jazz. Born in Philadelphia in 1939, Fortune decided on a career in jazz at age 18, moved to New York City and was soon playing in groups led by Elvin Jones and Frank Foster. He idolized Coltrane, Parker and Rollins.
Playing among the greats.
Fortune played for two years in Mongo Santanaria's band, moved briefly to L.A., then returned to NYC and joined McCoy Tyner's group for 2 1/2 years, perfecting his soprano saxophone skills. Then a period of free lancing, including forming his own group and jobbing with Buddy Rich, then Miles Davis for a year.
He made three well-received LP's with McCoy Tyner's group: "Sahara," "Song For My Lady," and "Song of the New World." During the '70's and '80's Fortune played with the Nat Adderly Quartet, then the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine. In 1987-88 he was part of the John Coltrane Legacy Band, with McCoy, Elvin and bassist Reggie Workman. His recording in 2000, "Spirit of John Coltrane," (Shanachie) reflects his abiding commitment to that musician's work.
Fortune's most recent CD, ""Last Night at Sweet Rhythm" (2009), is available on MP3
The video "Sonny Fortune 4tet" is a sample from 5 years ago. Personnel on this recording are Kirk Lightsey - piano, Wayne Dockery - bass and Steve Johns - drums.
World wide work.
Since that time, Fortune has appeared in festivals around the world, featured particularly in the Atlanta Jazz Festival and the Montreaux International Jazz Fest. He has appeared frequently on TV, and has played clubs and concert halls across the country and the world.
THIS GREAT MUSICIAN IS WELL WORTH GETTING OUT ON A COOL NOVEMBER EVENING. SEE YOU THERE!