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Concerts from the Library of Congress: Pick of the Week

Week of April 20, 2020

This Pick of the Week brings you two great jazz concerts, Pérez, Cohen, Potter Quintet and the Saiyuki Trio with Rudresh Mahanthappa. In the Jazz Conversation section, we have Puerto Rican saxophonist and composer, Miguel Zenón discussing his career, education and latest projects. To close, Larry Applebaum from the Music Division engages in an interview with legendary jazz double bassist Ron Carter. As always, Pick of the Week is full of energy and fantastic music. We hope you enjoy!

Pick of the Week - April 20, 2020

Pérez, Cohen, Potter Quintet (performance date: October 10, 2018)

The Pérez, Cohen, Potter Quintet is a new collaborative project by a remarkable trio of bandleaders: pianist and composer Danilo Pérez, trumpeter Avishai Cohen and über saxophonist Chris Potter. It’s an all-star lineup at the forefront of jazz today. You’ll sense the chemistry that grew out of the trio's Jazz 100 tour in 2017 celebrating the centennials of Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Thelonious Monk and hear some great new compositions written especially for this tour.

The Saiyuki Trio with Rudresh Mahanthappa (performance date: February 24, 2012)

“ …daring and rewarding fusion…a genuinely international music.”
The New York Times

This concert brings “sound magic” from a trio whose name means “Journey to the West.” French jazz guitarist Nguyên Lê studied visual arts and philosophy before working with artists like Ornette Coleman, Ray Charles, and Mauricio Kagel. Influences from Jimi Hendrix to the traditional music of Vietnam meld harmonies from East and West to paint “an Asia without borders.”

Jazz Conversations with Miguel Zenón and Ron Carter

A Conversation With Miguel Zenón (April 11, 2017)

Multiple Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón talks about his music, his work as an educator, and his latest recording "Tipico."

Conversation With Ron Carter (October 17, 2012)

Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz history, with more than 2,200 albums to his credit, an accomplishment honored in the 2015 Guinness Book of World Records.