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Nate Smith and Kinfolk

Rehearsal Hall • Presented by Jefferson Center
Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 7:00pm
Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 9:00pm
“…a firecracker of a drummer…” – The New York Times
 
Ticket Price:

General Admission - $30

(Plus a $3 service fee)

Guests of the Jazz Club performances enjoy desserts and coffee, provided by Kroger.


Students of the Music Lab will have the opportunity to work with Nate Smith in a multi-day producing and recording workshop prior to his performance in the Jazz Club.


Nate Smith's visceral, instinctive, and deep-rooted style of drumming has already established him as a key piece in reinvigorating the international jazz scene, and now his rising career reaches a new benchmark with the release of his bandleader debut, KINFOLK: Postcards from Everywhere (February 3, 2017 via Ropeadope Records). Much like his diverse and ample résumé (which includes esteemed leading lights such as Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Ravi Coltrane, José James, Somi, and Patricia Barber, among others), this album sees Smith fusing his original modern jazz compositions with R&B, pop, and hip-hop.

This leader debut shows Smith at the helm of a core ensemble consisting of pianist and keyboardist Kris Bowers, guitarist Jeremy Most, alto and soprano saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, electric bassist Fima Ephron, and singer/lyricist Amma Whatt, with Michael Mayo on backing vocals. The lineup expands on several cuts with the inclusion of several illustrious guests: saxophonist Chris Potter, bassist Dave Holland, guitarists Lionel Loueke and Adam Rogers, and vocalist Gretchen Parlato.

As the title KINFOLK suggests, the music bristles with a magnetism that can be only achieved by assembling the right musicians, building upon and blending their individual voices and developing a bracing group rapport. Indeed, Smith refers to the aforementioned musicians as "kindred spirits," while embracing some philosophies gleaned from Holland, his mentor. "Dave once told me, 'I really believe that musicians find each other,'" Smith recalls. "He feels that all the collaborations he's done and all the sidemen that he's hired came into his life on purpose, even though he might not have been looking for something specific. He discovers people along the way.

featuring:
Jaleel Shaw • sax
Jon Cowherd • keyboards
Brad Allen Williams • guitar
Fima Ephron • bass
Amma Whatt • vocals

...Read more at natesmithmusic.com/


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