On December 1, Adam Minkoff and I renewed our collaboration for the Disrupt Series at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, where we presented music from the late period of John Coltrane (ca. 1965-1967). In honor of the 50th Anniversary, we performed compositions from Interstellar Space (Venus, Jupiter, Saturn) and Stellar Regions (Sunstar, Iris, Seraphic Light), recorded the final year of Coltrane's life on Impulse! Records, as well as a bonus song, Sunship, from 1965's Sunship.
The evening featured an incredible ensemble, including NEA Jazz Master David Liebman, guitarist Mark Ribot, pianist Jamie Saft, and drummers Nick Anderson and Anthony Cole. The venue was at or near capacity for both sets.
I want to express my deep and sincere thanks to all the musicians for their tremendous artistry, to Dani Gros for her poster and photography work, to National Sawdust for hosting us, and to all our friends who attended. This was for me a peak artistic happening that brought together all the different elements of the evening into one cohesive whole.