William Parker and Hamid Drake With Special Guest Konrad "Conny" Bauer

Parker and Drake invite the reknown German trombonist Konrad "Conny" Bauer to perform in Amherst.

William Parker and Hamid Drake

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bezanson Recital Hall 8:00 pm
$12 General Public; $7 Students
Parker and Drake invite the reknown German trombonist Konrad "Conny" Bauer to perform in Amherst. Born in 1943, "Bauer has mastered the wide range of techniques available to the contemporary trombonist," writes John Corbett, "as well as the web of genres in which the instrument is imbricated, including march, parade, circus, early jazz, bop, free improvisation, new music, even other related traditions like alphorn and bugle call."
"Not since Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell joined forces have two musicians so organically wedded world-music influences with free jazz," writes Jazziz. Since the late1970's, Hamid Drake has moved easily between work with top jazz improvisers like David Murray, Don Cherry and Pharaoh Sanders, and international artists like Foday Muso Suso, Mahmoud Gania and Gigi. In 1972 Parker began playing with musicians such as Bill Dixon, Milford Graves, Billy Higgins and Sunny Murray, before becoming a member of the Cecil Taylor Unit, where he played a prominent role for over a decade. Time Out New York proclaimed William Parker one of "the 50 greatest New York musicians of all time."

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