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MUSIC | Free Sax is an improvisational jazz trio comprised of alto and tenor saxophone and drum set.

Koskinen/Heckman and Free Sax – SIMM Series

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Date(s) - 12/15/2019
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Musicians Union Hall Local 6


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Before his move to the Bay Area Heikki “Mike” Koskinen was chosen as Finland’s top jazz trumpet player in “Rytmi” magazine polls. He left his native land to study jazz at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1970’s. He is the recipient of several Finnish composing grants, recorded many albums, and won awards as an innovative music teacher. His Bay Area groups, with Heikki on trumpet and piano, have featured such musicians as Hadley Caliman, Steve Heckman, Mark Levine, Joe Bonner, Bennie Green, Larry Hancock, Michael Spiro and Rent Romus. Heikki’s main instruments are nowadays e-trumpet, piano, and tenor recorder. He is also producing and arranging music for Bay Area’s Finnish community and his recent CD projects include many jazz arrangements of traditional Finnish songs as well as original tunes.

Multi-reed instrumentalist Steve Heckman plays all the saxes, flutes, and clarinets. Besides straight-ahead and experimental jazz his interests include Brazilian Choro, Tango, and Nordic folk music. He has played with such jazz luminaries as trumpeters Howard McGhee, Chet Baker, Eddie Henderson, and Tom Harrell; trombonist Roswell Rudd; pianists Andrew Hill, Benny Green, Jim McNeely and Jessica Williams; guitarists John Abercrombie, Cal Collins, Bruce Foreman, and Mimi Fox; and drummers/percussionists Eddie Moore, Pete Escovedo, and Donald Bailey. Steve has recorded six CD’s with his own quartet, of which “With John in Mind”, and “Live at Yoshi’s”, have received international critical acclaim, the latter being selected as one of the top 10 jazz CDs by the San Francisco Chronicle. His latest CD is a duo project with Matt Clark (kbd) called “Some Other Time/Slow Café”, which has gotten lots of play at KCSM.

Free Sax is an improvisational jazz trio comprised of alto and tenor saxophone and drum set. The members are active performers, composers, arrangers and producers in the San Francisco Bay area, combining decades of experience into a unique setting where extensive musical and instrumental technique are intimately combined with the concept of non-attachment which creates a profound freedom of expression. Free Sax creates vital and beautiful soundscapes in their sonic explorations, drawing inspiration from their study and love of various genres, including Jazz, Dub, Experimental, Hip-Hop, Baroque, Classical, Funk and Rock, et al. Free Sax has performed in venues and private events in the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly ten years. Their 2014 debut release Sun Fog was pressed on vinyl and funded by a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. They also released a series of singles and a duo EP named Duos Tape, where they processed four saxophone duets through a vintage TEAC tape machine.

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