Be Here Now: Steve Lehman Octet @ EMPAC at RPI, 5/28/10

May 27th, 2010, 11:30 am by Greg

NOTE: Ticket giveaway! Yeah, we’ve got a pair of FREE tix to give away for this show. Give leave a comment below. Any comment will do, but perhaps you’d like to suggest a performer that you’d like to see at EMPAC next season? Be sure to include your email address (we won’t publish it), so we can contact you to let you know if you’ve won. We’ll pick a random comment on Friday afternoon.. Congratulations, Rudy!

The Steve Lehman Octet blows into EMPAC at RPI in Troy on Friday night to wrap up the 2009-2010 season.

Alto saxophonist Lehman certainly isn’t a household name, but if you’re a fan of jazz – or any style of spirited, high-energy, adventurous music – you’re going to want to take a listen to him.

Here’s a clip of Lehman and his band performing “Echoes” just last week in concert in Amsterdam:

A former student of sax greats Jackie McLean and Anthony Braxton, Lehman was named “Rising Star” on alto sax by the Down Beat Magazine International Critics’ Poll for four consecutive years – 2006-2009.

And when the Jazz Journalists Association announced the nominations for their 14th annual awards ceremony (to be held in Manhattan next month), Lehman earned nods in three of the most prestigious categories: Alto Saxophonist of the Year, Composer of the Year and Recording of the Year (for his octet album “Travail, Transformation and Flow” on the Pi Recordings label).

In addition to Lehman, his band at EMPAC will feature Jeremy Viner, Jonathan Finlayson, Tim Albright, Jose Davila, Chris Dingman, Drew Gress and Tyshawn Sorey.

The Steve Lehman Octet performs at EMPAC at RPI in Troy at 8pm on Friday. Tix are $15; students and seniors $10.

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