Pharoah Sanders Quartet with special guest Nicholas Payton

Saturday 07 July

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Pharoah Sanders Quartet with special guest Nicholas Payton
Main stage

Who? Pharoah Sanders (sax), Nicholas Payton (trumpet), William Henderson (piano), Oli Hayhurst (contrabass), Gene Calderazzo (drums)

Why see them live? Because Sanders, like John Coltrane, lifted the avant-garde and free jazz to a spiritual dimension. His spiritual jazz, however, is music that should above all be heard and not described. Together with Grammy winner Nicholas Payton this performance is bound to be a dynamic cocktail.

Where do you know them from? Sanders' “The Creator Has A Master Plan” (1969) is often mentioned in one breath with Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”. In addition to having his tracks sampled by artists such as Herbie Hancock and Four Tet, Pharoah Sanders, who has been in the profession for almost 60 years, continues to inspire the younger music generations. Like Nicholas Payton, who already shared the studio and stage with Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride & Joshua Redman. Or you might know him from that time he declared jazz dead (On Why Jazz Isn't Cool Anymore, 2011). He prefers to talk about “Black American Music” (BAM), which includes spirituals, gospels, blues, soul and so-called jazz and sincerely acknowledges the great contribution of the black musicians to world history.

Have a listen! The masterfully creative “The Creator Has A Master Plan” by Sanders or Payton’s addictive “Jazz Is A Four-Letter Word” will immediately set the mood. 

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