For two nights only Twins Jazz presents five acknowledged jazz masters performing the music of Coltrane’s landmark album, Giant Steps. Hear the red-hot saxophones of Ralph Bowen and Jeff Antoniuk and the Jazz Update band: bassist Tom Baldwin, pianist Wade Beach and drummer Tony Martucci.
Canadian-born saxophonist Bowen has recorded and performed worldwide with jazz giants and contemporary heavyweights such as Freddie Hubbard, Shirley Scott, Wynton Marsalis and Kenny Garrett. In the 1980s he played with jazz pianist Michel Camilo. He later completed three world tours with the mighty Horace Silver. A winner of many grants and awards, he studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and Indiana University. Now based in New York, Bowen has recorded four albums as a leader on Blue Note Records, and many others as a sideman. He’ll dive deep into the Coltrane Canon along side award winning saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk - also a Canadian native.
An expert in West African ethnomusicology, Jeff Antoniuk is a master of the modern jazz language, lauded for his four-carat compositions and heightened powers on the saxophone. Currently based in the District, he has toured extensively. His numerous awards and commissions include grants from the Canada Council and National Endowment for the Arts and he appears on many albums. In the US, Antoniuk has teamed up with diverse hit makers such as Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Bobby McFerrin, Freddie Hubbard and Najee. He has worked with Canadian greats such as PJ Perry, Senator Tommy Banks, the iconic David Foster and trumpet sensation Ingrid Jensen.
The Jazz Update is a riveting quartet whose two CDs have climbed the jazz radio charts and earned a worldwide acclaim. All respected university music professors; they perform often with the top names in jazz. As the band covers the album tunes, their fans will recognize the same deeply informed approach they have brought to other theme concerts performed on both coasts of the United States. On March 30, the same musicians will teach an inDepth Jazz Clinic at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville.