August 15, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saxophonist, Eric Person is a renowned performer, composer, arranger and bandleader; who over the years has had the good fortune to experience a variety of fulfilling musical situations with the masters of modern music consisting of McCoy Tyner, Dave Holland, Donald Byrd, Sam Rivers and Chico Hamliton, just to name a few. Eric’s music has far reaching harmonic and melodic beauty which is delivered with cutting edge intensity. His music transcends the common terrain of contemporary jazz. As a saxophonist, he takes his alto and soprano saxophones into the stratosphere with soaring solos that reveal the element of surprise, a sought after lyricism, only surpassed by his unfettered imagination.
Eric Person’s 10 CD releases under his leadership on Soul Note and his own Distinction Records label have all garnered great reviews from the critics. In Jazztimes, Critic Bill Milkowski reviewing his Rhythm Edge CD called Eric “a risk-taking improviser, accomplished composer and inveterate swinger.” Critic Russ Musto of All About Jazz Magazine while reviewing his Live at Big Sur CD said, “Person is more then fine; he’s a major talent of his generation.”
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park – 334 Furman Street at Water St. and John St. btwn Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn NY 11201 US
August 2, 2017 7:00pm – 8:30pm
In the 1990s, Houston Person kept the soulful thick-toned tenor tradition of Gene Ammons alive, particularly in his work with organists. After learning piano as a youth, Person switched to tenor. While stationed in Germany with the Army, he played in groups that also included Eddie Harris, Lanny Morgan, Leo Wright, and Cedar Walton. Person picked up valuable experience as a member of Johnny Hammond’s group (1963-1966) and became a bandleader in the following years, often working with singer Etta Jones. A duo recording with Ran Blake was a nice change of pace, but most of Person’s playing has been done with blues-oriented organ groups. He recorded a consistently excellent series of albums for Muse, eventually switching to HighNote Records for 2006’s You Taught My Heart to Sing, 2007’s Thinking of You, and 2008’s Just Between Friends, which featured bassist Ron Carter. Released in 2012, Naturally, recorded at the famed Van Gelder Recording Studio, teamed Person with Cedar Walton on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums. He quickly returned with the similarly inclined 2013 effort Nice ‘n’ Easy, followed a year later by The Melody Lingers On. Person then delivered the rootsy and soulful Something Personal in 2015. In 2016, the saxophonist once again paired with bassist Carter for the duo album Chemistry.
Grant’s Tomb – General Grant National Memorial
Riverside Drive and 122nd Street
New York NY 10027 US