LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jazz at Bucknell will host a jazz piano performance by Steve Coleman & Five Elements on Wednesday, April 1, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.
The performance is free to the public as part of the University's ongoing Jazz at Bucknell First Wednesdays series.
A saxophonist and composer, Coleman attended Illinois Wesleyan and Roosevelt universities while studying with artists Von Freeman, Bunky Green, Gido Sinclair, and Sonny Greer.
After moving to New York, he played with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band, which led to stints with the Sam Rivers and Cecil Taylor Big Bands. Recording dates followed with these leaders as well as David Murray, Doug Hammond, Dave Holland, Mike Brecker and Abbey Lincoln.
Coleman also spent time playing in New York City's streets for donations with a band that he put together with trumpeter Graham Haynes — the group that would evolve into Five Elements. The group began playing in out-of-the-way clubs in Harlem and Brooklyn where they continued to hone their developing concept of improvisation within nested looping structures which he and his friends call the M-Base concept.
An early pioneer of CDs available free-of-charge online, including his Alternate Dimension Series I, Coleman has recorded extensively for BMG, JMT, and Label Bleu, producing the critically acclaimed Motherland Pulse, On the Edge of Tomorrow, and World Expansion, Rhythm People, Black Science, Drop Kick, The Tao of Mad Phat, The Rising of the 64 Paths, and Lucidarium – as well as the first album of the entire M-Base Collective, Anatomy of a Groove.
His other ensembles are Renegade Way (which has featured Ravi Coltrane, Greg Osby, Joe Lovano, Craig Handy, Kenny Davis, and Yoron Isreal) and his big band, The Council of Balance.
As a sideman, he has collaborated on multiple recordings with Cassandra Wilson, Greg Osby, Marvin Smitty Smith, Dave Holland, Branford Marsalis, Abbey Lincoln, and Doug Hammond, among many.
Jazz at Bucknell is a chamber series conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the avant-garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition.
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