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Tue, Feb 25


Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

The John Tate Trio*

Legendary saxophonist Tony Malaby (recently named one of Downbeat’s “80 Coolest Things in Jazz") and drummer Charles Rumback join established New York City jazz bassist and composer John Tate for an evening of intimate composed and improvised music, premiering several new works. Meal details below.

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The John Tate Trio*
The John Tate Trio*

Time & Location

Feb 25, 2020, 7:00 PM

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 50 N Prospect St, Akron, OH 44304, USA


About the Event

A Meet-the-Artist Meal is offered at 5:30 PM preceeding the concert.  On the menu: jambalaya, Cajun barbequed chicken legs/thighs/wings, muffaletta olive salad, black eyed peas & ham, cornbread, Mardi Gras slaw, pecan pie bars & King cake, vanilla ice cream

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An established member of New York City’s creative music scene, bassist, composer, and educator John Tate performs throughout North America, Central America, South America, Europe, China and Australia with musicians including Von Freeman, George Freeman, Matt Wilson, Marquis Hill, Tony Malaby, Ron Miles, Ben Monder, Jeff Parker, John Chin, Sacha Perry, Bill Carrothers, Victor Goines, Caroline Davis and Billy Kaye, among others. Tate holds a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance from Northern Illinois University and an Artist Diploma in Jazz Studies from the Juilliard School. During his time at Juilliard, Tate was an apprentice of distinguished bassist and pedagogue Ron Carter. 

Chicago drummer Charles Rumback leads his own trio with Jim Baker and John Tate. Charles frequently collaborates with artists such as John Hughes, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Bill MacKay, Nick Macri, Tony Malaby, Douglas McCombs, Ron Miles, Nina Nastasia, James Singleton, Macie Stewart, Ryley Walker & Greg Ward, to name a few. His role often varies from project to project. Charles accompanies songs, pushing the ensemble in free-improvised settings. He creates sonic landscapes. Originally from Kansas, Charles moved to Chicago in 2001. He appears on many recordings as a sideman and collaborator, performing around the United States, Europe and Japan. 

In his two decades as an integral member of the thriving improvised music community of New York City, saxophonist and composer Tony Malaby has emerged as a wholly unique and singular voice. Downbeat lauds Malaby as "a formidably accomplished soprano and tenor saxophonist with enviable tone and an endless font of compelling ideas, yet he steers his music away from perfection,” and that “his considerable gifts as a melodist tend to sneak up on you.” Jazztimes added that Malaby is, “a hero of today’s improvised music scene.” This praise is unsurprising given the host of projects in which Malaby is involved. In recent years, Malaby led many of his own projects--his Tamarindo Trio with Nasheet Waits and William Parker, TubaCello with John Hollenbeck, Chris Hoffman and Dan Peck and Palomo Recio with Ben Monder, Eivind Opsvik, Dan Weiss, Billy Mintz and Ben Gerstein. In addition, Malaby is a stalwart sideman, lending his talents to such groups as the Paul Motian Electric Be-Bop Band, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Fred Hersch’s Quintet, Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth, Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas and Ches Smith’s These Arches. Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Malaby’s Mexican heritage permeates his musical life, which shows itself most clearly in the Spanish names given to nearly all of his projects. To this end, Malaby remarked that: “Being a kid, in 1970s Tucson, was very Mexican. And I don’t think it really felt like anything American. There was an atmosphere created there with music, ritual, going to mass, any type of ceremony, praying, the rosary, smelling incense...all of these things, and how they would overlap, have lingered. I really think that’s who I am: that’s how I came up and put things together to grow up. And there’s really strong imagery for me, from back then. I try to communicate those experiences, with my sound and how I play.”


   It is not surprising that Malaby’s early saxophone influences would be drawn from the same source. “In the neighborhood, everybody was playing R&B music,” Malaby said, “and people would play the really commercial Gato Barbieri records, when

they would wash their cars. But most importantly, there were lots of parties, and lots of barbecues--for any sort of celebration, there was a party. And there were always live bands, and they would always have an alto saxophonist. The style of music was a

Northern Mexican Polka music called nortenga. The instrumentation was 12 string guitar, accordion, electric bass, drums and alto saxophone. And I remember there was one band that my family particularly hired every time, be it for a baptism or a first holy communion. And I remember being enthralled by the saxophonist, because he could make these screeching bird things that sounded like a goat, or a chicken! I just put it together and realized I needed a saxophone.”  


   These impressions and images are clearly conveyed both in Malaby’s improvisational work and his sparse folk melodies. In May of 2014, Malaby released his latest record with his Tamarindo trio, Somos Agua, which serves to further solidify the telepathic improvisational connection that he has fostered with Parker and Waits on their self-titled debut and 2010’s Tamarindo Live which added legendary AACM trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. Unlike many saxophonists who ostentatiously place themselves in front, or solo on top of, a rhythm section, Tamarindo evidences a long-held belief and practice of Malaby’s in which he texturally immerses himself within the sounds of his bandmates and the result is, what Malaby called, “an organic, self-generating whole”. 

   This special performance will premier multiple new compositions by Tate and is truly an evening not to be missed.

ON THE PROGRAM (including pieces created specifically for this event):

Ohio Knows Respect – John Tate

B – John Tate

The Peaceful Giant – John Tate (for Ron Carter)

The Akron Suite – John Tate

Ask Me Now – Thelonious Monk

Adobe Blues – Tony Malaby

Convulsive – Charles Rumback

Prospect – John Tate


  • 5:30 PM Meet-the-Artist Meal

    This ticket includes a pre-concert meal, intimate gathering with the artists, and preferred seating for the concert. Menu: Jambalaya, Cajun Barbequed Chicken Legs/Thighs/Wings, Muffaletta Olive Salad, Black Eyed Peas & Ham, Cornbread, Mardi Gras Slaw, Pecan Pie Bars or King Cake (Served with Vanilla Ice Cream)

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