April 10th-11th 2020
About the Artist
Ethan Iverson All -Star Quartet Featuring Al Foster, Chris Potter and Ben Street
Ethan Iverson was a founding member of The Bad Plus, who the New York Times said was, “…Better than anyone at melding the sensibilities of post-60’s jazz and indie rock.” Iverson has released two acclaimed albums on ECM in the last two years: Temporary Kings, a duo album with Mark Turner, and Common Practice, a quartet featuring Tom Harrell. He is a member of the Billy Hart Quartet and composes scores for the Mark Morris Dance Group and Dance Heginbotham. An interest in combining the very new with the very old led Iverson to start the website Do the Math, a beloved repository of wonky analysis and musician-to-musician interviews, and surely one reason Time Out New York selected Iverson as one of 25 essential New York jazz icons: “Perhaps NYC’s most thoughtful and passionate student of jazz tradition—the most admirable sort of artist-scholar.”
For this special engagement Iverson is joined by a truly formidable cast. Chris Potter is everyone’s favorite tenor saxophonist, a player who commands any idiom with style and virtuosity. Ben Street has joined Iverson in many collaborations and is widely regarded as one of the most swinging bassists in New York. However, the real star is Al Foster, the legendary drummer who was a key sideman with Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, and many others. Iverson and Foster have played as a trio with Ron Carter, Christian McBride, and Larry Grenadier, but this is their first meeting in a quartet. Watch the sparks fly! The repertoire will include Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and new music written especially for this one-time-only engagement.