The John Coltrane Memorial Contemporary Jazz Series will kick off its spring 2010 lineup with a performance by the award-winning Chinese American baritone saxophonist Fred Ho and tenor saxophonist Salim Washington, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 5, at the Community Folk Art Center, Black Box Theater Dee-Davis Room. The performance is free and open to the public.
Coordinated by William Cole, professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences, the Coltrane Jazz Series is sponsored by SU's Office of the Chancellor and the College of Arts and Sciences Department of African American Studies and iLearn Program.
In addition to the March 5 concert, the spring 2010 series will include:
March 26: Harrison Bankhead with Warren Smith and Bill Cole
April 2: Shayna Dulberger with Warren Smith and Bill Cole
April 9: Gerald Veasley with Warren Smith and Bill Cole
April 22: The William Parker Trance Quartet
May 5: Untempered Ensemble with Billy Bang
All of the concerts will begin at 7 p.m. at the Community Folk Art Center, Black Box Theater Dee-Davis Room and are free and open to the public.
About the Musicians
Fred Ho, recipient of the 2010 American Music Center Letter of Distinction, founded the Afro Asian Music Ensemble (1982), the Monkey Orchestra (1990), and Caliente! Circle Around the Sun (2005), and is the co-founder of the Brooklyn Sax Quartet (1997). He is a prodigious composer, internationally renowned for his operas, music/theater epics, multimedia performance works, martial arts ballet, and oratorios.
Ho's blockbuster, "Once Upon a Time in Chinese America," a martial arts ballet and music/theater epic, was presented at the Guggenheim Museum, the JVC Jazz Festival, the Seattle International Children's Festival and the Brooklyn Academy of Music 2001 Next Wave Festival. Re-titled "Voice of the Dragon: Once Upon a Time in Chinese America," the show toured 33 cities in the United States from 2002-2003.