Thu, January 10, 2013
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2013-01-10 10:00 PM
Improvisations at Real Art Ways
Stephen Haynes and Joe Morris present Improvisations, an artist-curated performance series centering on improvised music, presented in collaboration with Real Art Ways. This is the second season of this groundbreaking collaborative project at RAW.
The series aims to create a listening environment allowing the audience intimate and deep contact with the music and those who make it. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists.
Allan Chase is a jazz saxophonist, composer, college music teacher and administrator. He has performed jazz and improvised music since 1974 with his own groups and as a member of the Lewis Nash-Allan Chase Duo (1979-80), Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet (1981-present), Prima Materia with Rashied Ali (1992-2000), the Steve Lantner Quartet with Joe Morris and Luther Gray (2002-present), and other groups.
Chase lived in New York City from 1990 to '96, where he performed with artists including John Zorn, Rashied Ali, William Parker, Fred Hersch, Harvie Swartz, the Microscopic Septet, and the Walter Thompson Orchestra, while continuing to tour and record with Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet and his own quartet featuring Ron Horton (trumpet), Tony Scherr (bass), and Matt Wilson (drums). He is a featured soloist in Phillip Johnston's scores for the Phillip Haas films Money Man (BBC documentary, 1992), The Music of Chance (feature film, 1993), and Paul Mazursky's film Faithful (feature film, 1996). Chase recorded four CDs with Prima Materia, a quintet co-led by drummer Rashied Ali and tenor saxophonist Louie Belogenis, and performed with them at the 1996 North Sea Jazz Festival in the Hague and the Knitting Factory (club and festivals), Vision Festival, Dharma, and The Cooler in New York. At various times, the group included bassists William Parker, Joe Gallant, and Wilber Morris, and pianists Greg Murphy and Uri Caine. As a member of Prima Materia, Chase performed with a number of guest artists who appeared with the quintet, including Andrew Cyrille, John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Junie Booth, Steve Bernstein, Frank London, Ahmed Abdul-Malik, Borah Bergman, and Ravi Coltrane. Chase was a member of the Walter Thompson Orchestra from 1991 to 1998, playing alongside Thomas Chapin, Herb Robertson, Dave Douglas, Steve Swell, Dave Tronzo, Tomas Ulrich, Joe Fonda, and many other leading New York improvisers.
Since returning to Boston in 1996, he has recorded and played frequently with Bruno Råberg, Steve Lantner, Joe Morris, Joe Mulholland, Bob Nieske, Luther Gray, the Ayn Inserto Orchestra, the Greg Hopkins Nonet, the Carl Atkins/Bill Lowe Boston Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and his own groups, often featuring Phil Grenadier on trumpet or Mick Goodrick or Jon Damian on guitar. Through 2001, he continued to perform occasionally with some New York-based groups. In September 2000, he led a quartet featuring Uri Caine, Cecil McBee and Rashied Ali in a sold-out concert at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. He performed free duo improvisations with his wife, vocalist Dominique Eade, at the Autumn Uprising Festival in 2001, and performed with the Boston Braxton Project with Taylor Ho Bynum and Matana Roberts at the Institute of Contemporary Art in 2002. He toured Sweden and Norway with Bruno Råberg Quartet in fall 2002. In 2002-3, he also performed with Leroy Jenkins and Steve Lacy, recorded with Anthony Braxton, and played baritone saxophone in New York concerts of Gerry Mulligan’s music with Mulligan’s former rhythm section players Bill Mays, Dean Johnson, and Ron Vincent. He recorded a CD entirely on baritone saxophone with John McNeil in early 2004, released as East Coast Cool (Omnitone) in early 2006. Chase was listed as one of the top 10 “Rising Stars” on baritone saxophone in the 2006 Downbeat Critics’ Poll.
Since 2004, he has worked regularly and recorded with pianist Steve Lantner’s critically acclaimed free jazz quartet, along with Joe Morris on bass and Luther Gray on drums. He appears on three CDs with Lantner on the Skycap and HatArt labels, and on Joe Morris’s Bass Quartet CD (HatArt) alongside trumpeter Taylor Ho Bynum.
Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street