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Chris Speed, Dave King & Chris Tordini Trio | Bad Luck

Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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Three seasoned innovators join forces to examine the trio work of Joe Henderson: Chris Speed (sax/clarinet, Human Feel), Dave King (drums, The Bad Plus), and Chris Tordini (bass, Jean-Michel Pilc Trio). Opening for the Trio is the "hard-edged and audacious" (NY Jazz Record) duo of drummer Chris Icasiano and saxophonist Neil Welch.

Chris Speed Photo: Michael Hoefner

Chris Speed is a composer, clarinetist, and saxophonist living in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in the Seattle area and later moved to Boston, where he studied at New England Conservatory. By 1992, after a short tour with the Artie Shaw Band, Speed moved to New York City to work with Tim Berne’s Bloodcount. Throughout the nineties, his formidable improvisational approach on both tenor saxophone and clarinet contributed to other pioneering bands. Speed is a founding member of Jim Black’s Alas No Axis and John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet; his own bands include Human Feel, yeah NO, Trio Iffy, Pachora, The Clarinets, and his latest project, Endangered Blood, which was featured on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts.” Speed was the recipient of a NEA composition grant in 1993, and in 2004 was the guest soloist at the Copenhagen International Jazz Festival, working with more than ten different cutting-edge Danish bands. DownBeat magazine named him the Rising Star Clarinetist for the years 2004, 2005, and 2006. In April of 2006 he launched Skirl Records, a label dedicated to Brooklyn-based creative music, now with 21 releases. Current projects include work with Craig Taborn, Michael Formanek, Dave King, and Banda de los Muertos, NYC’s only Banda band. The New York Times called Speed “one of the principal figures in a dynamic left-of-center jazz/improv scene in the city,” and he maintains a busy career of touring, recording, performing, composing, practicing, and teaching.

Dave King is one of the most celebrated drummers in modern jazz. His contributions to the Minneapolis and New York jazz scenes are incalculable, and his imagination and boundless enthusiasm behind (and around) the drum set are singular and stunning. King can be seen regularly with Happy Apple, The Bad Plus, the Dave King Trucking Company, Halloween Alaska, Buffalo Collision, Gang Font, and others.

Christopher Tordini is a bassist in the New York City music scene, where he performs with established jazz icons as well as a diverse range of emerging musicians. He has toured and recorded with Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory for over 4 years, and has also played and recorded in bands led by other artists such as Greg Osby, Jeremy Pelt, Ari Hoening, Steve Lehman, Jim Black, Andrew D’Angelo, and the Becca Stevens Band. Tordini is also a collaborator in projects led by drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey and trombonist/composer Michael Dessen.

Co-presented by
Earshot Jazz Festival


PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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