The Linda Oh Quartet will close this season's Jazz@Bucknell series on Wednesday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University. Oh will be joined by saxophonist Ben Wendel, guitarist Charles Altura, and drummer Justin Brown.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the ongoing Jazz@Bucknell Series.
An active double bassist, electric bassist and composer residing in New York City, Oh was born in Malaysia and raised in Western Australia where she began playing piano, bassoon and electric bass, taking up the acoustic bass at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts where she graduated with first-class honors. An IAJE Sister in Jazz in 2004, she received the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer's Award in 2008 and an honorary mention at the 2009 Thelonious Monk Bass Competition. She completed her Master's at the Manhattan School of Music in 2008 where she studied with Jay Anderson, John Riley, Phil Markowitz, Dave Liebman and Rodney Jones.
Oh has performed with the likes of Joe Lovano, Steve Wilson, Dave Douglas, Kenny Barron, Fabian Almazan and Terri Lyne Carrington. In 2009, she released her debut trio album, Entry, with Obed Calvaire and Ambrose Akinmusire to great critical acclaim; Artforum Magazine listed the album as one of pianist Vijay Iyer's top 10. In 2010 she was nominated for the Jazz Journalist's Awards for Up-and-Coming Artist of the Year, and was named No. 1 Acoustic Bass Rising Star in the Downbeat Critic's Poll.
Her second album, Initial Here, released on Greenleaf Records in 2012, features a quartet with Dayna Stephens on tenor sax, Fabian Almazan on piano, Rudy Royston on drums and special guest Jen Shyu on vocals. Sun Pictures, her third release, is a quartet album recorded live at WKCR studios featuring Ben Wendel on tenor saxophone, James Muller on guitar and Ted Poor on drums.
Grammy-nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel was born in Vancouver, Canada, and raised in Los Angeles. Living in Brooklyn, he has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, composer, producer and conductor. Highlights include multiple domestic and international tours with artists such as Ignacio Berroa, Tigran Hamasyan, Gerald Clayton, Eric Harland, Taylor Eigsti, Snoop Dogg and the artist formerly known as Prince. Wendel is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated group Kneebody.
Called a " ... blazingly precise young guitarist," by the New York Times, Charles Altura has put the international jazz world on notice with his unique blend of effortless lyricism and rich, atmospheric sound. Altura is as comfortable hanging with Chick Corea's fusion pyrotechnics as he is with Ambrose Akinmusire's reflective post-bop.
Born and raised in Richmond, Calif., and a resident of New York City, Justin Brown is dazzling audiences around the world with his unique diversified style and musical sensibility. He is a regular member touring with the Gerald Clayton Trio and the Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet. Considered one of NYC's first call drummers, he has performed with artists such as Esperanza Spaulding, Terence Blanchard, Gretchen Parlato, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, Stefon Harris, Bilal, Ledisi, Nicolas Payton, Josh Roseman, Yosvany Terry, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Vijay Iyer.
The Jazz@Bucknell series presents 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.