ON STAGE · HOP ENSEMBLE
Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble
Taylor Ho Bynum, director
Eight innovative guest artists join the Coast for a concert of contemporary big band music, including Bynum originals.
In its second concert under Bynum’s direction, the Coast further explores “creative music” by focusing on Bynum’s own compositions—playing alongside renowned contemporary musicians Mary Halvorson (guitar), Tomeka Reid (cello), Jim Hobbs (alto sax), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor sax), Bill Lowe (trombone/tuba), Stomu Takeishi (electric bass), Ken Filiano (acoustic bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums).
Emphasizing a creative, improvisational approach, the Coast opens a new chapter under Bynum, whose expressionistic playing on cornet and expansive vision as composer have garnered him critical attention on over 20 recordings as a bandleader and dozens more as a sideman. He’s made global and cross-disciplinary connections through his contributions to the New Yorker’s Culture Blog as well as other published writings; teaching stints at universities, festivals and workshops worldwide; and inventive endeavors like his Acoustic Bicycle Tours, in which he travels to concerts solely by bike across thousands of miles.
When Taylor Ho Bynum took the helm of the Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble this fall, he brought not only skills as an acclaimed cornet player, bandleader, composer and producer, he also brought a hefty contact list of top-drawer artists with whom he plays and records in one or more of the many ensembles he leads or performs in.
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By Rob Strong