Posted on October 06, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz

The Jazz at Bucknell series will welcome pianists Kris Davis and Craig Taborn to Bucknell University for a duo performance on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Rooke Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Davis has blossomed as one of the singular talents on the New York jazz scene, a resolutely individual artist who offers "uncommon creative adventure," according to Jazz Times. The Vancouver-born, Brooklyn-residing Davis was dubbed one of the music's top up-and-comers in a 2012 New York Times article. Davis has released nine recordings as leader, with a 10th scheduled for release in 2016.

A composer, pianist and electronic musician, Taborn hails from Golden Valley, Minn. While studying at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Craig had the good fortune to work in the illustrious Detroit jazz community, performing and studying with such luminaries as Marcus Belgrave, Harold McKinney, Kenn Cox, and Francisco Mora Catlett. Downbeat Magazine describes "Taborn's penchant for sustaining creative fluency through a 360-degree span of stylistic taxonomies, in contexts "inside" and "outside", acoustic or electronic, makes him a singular figure among improvisers of his generation."

The Jazz at 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. Upcoming dates include the Maria Schneider Orchestra on Nov. 4 and Andy Middleton on Nov. 10.

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