Modern jazz quartet, Noah Preminger perform Thursday at Jazz at The Duck

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A modern jazz quartet and a talented saxophonist will take center stage Thursday night at the weekly Jazz at The Duck concert.

The weekly dose of jazz at The Inn at DePauw, 2 W. Seminary St., takes place each Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Guitarist Brandon Coleman and his quartet will be joined by Downbeat Rising Star Noah Preminger on saxophone.

The Brandon Coleman Quartet is a modern and original jazz group from Cincinnati, featuring some of the top up-and-coming players on the scene today.

Coleman's expansive compositions and fiery playing style, along with pianist Keigo Hirakawa, bassist Matt Wiles and drummer Jeff Mellott (also the drummer for Indie band Us, Today), makes for cutting-edge performances with an emphasis on interaction and energy.

Jazz review blog Critical Jazz describes Coleman with: "Coleman is special because he sounds like no one else. While his technical proficiency is beyond reproach, Coleman has a deceptively subtle artistic sense of harmonic movement that could be considered in the same style as that of Bill Evans. One can pick out bits and pieces from a plethora of modern jazz giants but for sake of argument consider Danny Gatton meets John Abercrombie on the way to a Ralph Towner show."

Saxophonist Preminger, just 29, has recorded numerous critically-acclaimed albums and is steadily listed as one of the best tenor saxophonists by critics and readers on the annual Downbeat Poll. Two new recordings are expected by early 2016, including an all-ballads date on the French vinyl label, Newvelle Records, and a recording inspired by Delta Mississippi Blues musicians, Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground.

Preminger released his debut album, "Dry Bridge Road," just after his 21st birthday and was named Debut of the Year in the Village Voice Critics Poll.

His second and third albums as a leader came in 2011 and 2013 while signed to the Palmetto Records label. The Boston Globe says Preminger's music is "... impressive, challenging and beautiful." He has performed on key stages from the U.S. to Europe and Australia, and has played and/or recorded with the likes of Billy Hart, Dave Holland, John Patitucci, Fred Hersch, Dave Douglas, Rudy Royston, Rob Garcia, Joe Lovano, Victor Lewis, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Billy Drummond, George Cables, Roscoe Mitchell and Dr. Eddie Henderson.

Jazz at The Duck will continue each Thursday (except for school breaks) through the end of the semester.

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