Full concert available On-Demand from MAR 23, 2022 – JUNE 22, 2022
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Sarah Wilson and her Brass Tonic ensemble perform her original composition “Incandescence” during her March 11, 2022 performance at the SFJAZZ Center, broadcast on Fridays Live.
About the concert:
“One of the most intriguing and promising composers and trumpeters on the contemporary music scene” (SF Chronicle), trumpeter Sarah Wilson debuted at SFJAZZ with her brass-heavy groove project.
From New York City to the Bay Area, Wilson has gained notice with a body of original music designed to set human bodies in celebratory motion (it doesn’t hurt that her creative allies include masters such as Myra Melford, Matt Wilson, and Charles Burnham). She traces the seeds of her Brass Tonic project back to her work with drummer Kenny Wollesen, a protean force best known for powering Steven Bernstein’s Sex Mob and various bands led by guitarist Bill Frisell. Originally distilled from music she wrote for Wollesen’s sprawling 40-piece street bands, Brass Tonic has manifested several times at the de Young Museum. This latest sextet incarnation draws inspiration from the thrumming energy of Oakland and the frisson generated by a confluence of stellar women improvisers. Joining forces with creative music mainstays like Lisa Mezzacappa and Kasey Knudsen ensures that Brass Tonic is a vessel for unbound exploration. Ignoring distinctions between jazz and folk music idioms, Wilson’s music is unabashedly joyful and beguilingly lyrical.
Sarah Wilson: trumpet
Kasey Knudsen: alto saxophone
Mara Fox: trombone
John Schott: guitar
Lisa Mezzacappa: bass
Jason Levis: drums