RECORDED LIVE • FRI, MAR 11, 2022
ON-DEMAND • MAR 23 - JUN 22, 2022
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“One of the most intriguing and promising composers and trumpeters on the contemporary music scene” (SF Chronicle), trumpeter Sarah Wilson debuts at SFJAZZ with her brass-heavy groove project.
From New York City to the Bay Area, Wilson has gained notice with a body of original music designed to set human bodies in celebratory motion (it doesn’t hurt that her creative allies include masters such as Myra Melford, Matt Wilson, and Charles Burnham). She traces the seeds of her Brass Tonic project back to her work with drummer Kenny Wollesen, a protean force best known for powering Steven Bernstein’s Sex Mob and various bands led by guitarist Bill Frisell.
Originally distilled from music she wrote for Wollesen’s sprawling 40-piece street bands, Brass Tonic has manifested several times at the de Young Museum. This latest sextet incarnation draws inspiration from the thrumming energy of Oakland and the frisson generated by a confluence of stellar women improvisers. Joining forces with creative music mainstays like Lisa Mezzacappa and Kasey Knudsen ensures that Brass Tonic is a vessel for unbound exploration. Ignoring distinctions between jazz and folk music idioms, Wilson’s music is unabashedly joyful and beguilingly lyrical.