San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join us on Friday June 14th, 2013 @ 7:00pm for a live performance hosted by San Jose Jazz, with the Ugetsu Project.
On June 16, 1963, Art Blakey‘s sextet, having recently returned from a tour of Japan, played a concert at the world-famous Birdland in New York. The concert was recorded and issued as the album Ugetsu (which means “fantasy” in Japanese). It is one of the finest recordings Blakey ever made, featuring brilliant performances and compositions by the legendary members of the band, which included Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton and Freddie Hubbard. The recording was produced by legendary producer (and longtime San Francisco resident, now 90 years old) Orrin Keepnews.
To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the concert and the album, six of the Bay Area’s most accomplished jazz musicians will be performing the music of Ugetsu—music that is bold, richly textured, and, above all, swinging. Personnel include an all-star cast: Mike Olmos on trumpet and flugelhorn, Anton Schwartz on saxophone, John Grove on trombone, Adam Shulman on piano, Mike Bordelon on bass, and Greg Wyser-Pratte on drums.