George Brooks, Kala Ramnath, Osam Ezzeldin, Dafnis Prieto – Indian Jazz Journey | Stanford Jazz Festival
Date(s) - 06/25/2016
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Exotic yet familiar, exciting, and entertaining.
“[Ramnath is] like an angel in human form. She’s one of the greatest musicians on the planet.”
— San Francisco Chronicle
“Bristling with East meets West polytonality and rhythmic intrigue, tinged with a Trane-like spirituality . . . [Brooks] succeeds to a startling and almost rapturous degree.
— San Francisco Bay Guardian
Tenor sax sage George Brooks has it all: The colossal tone, the intuitive creative leaps, the commanding technique. Fresh out of New England Conservatory, George pursued his muse down two very divergent paths; he’s been the go-to horn-master for blues giants like Etta James, Albert Collins, Roy Rogers, and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. And, amazingly, he’s helped create the electrifying genre of Indian/jazz fusion with world-class virtuosi like Zakir Hussain, Fareed Haque, and John McLaughlin. This year’s SJW concert is a special moment uniting George with renowned Indian violinist Kala Ramnath, whose unique, otherworldly sound will entrance you. The music draws from Indian ragas and rhythmic patterns, with which Ramnath and Brooks create an accessible blend of the profound and ecstatic, supported by a world-class rhythm section that includes Macarthur Fellowship grantee and and Cuban percussion master Dafnis Prieto.
- George Brooks — saxophone
- Kala Ramnath — violin
- Osam Ezzeldin — piano
- Danis Prieto — percussion