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Iridium Jazz Club

David Murray Big Band
featuring James Blood Ulmer

David Murray Big Band James Blood Ulmer

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 8:00 PM EST 2012-03-07T20:00
, New York, NY

30.0 30.0
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David Murray began writing for big band in 1978 in preparation for a concert at the Public Theatre in New York. At this time Loft Jazz was in full swing and David had surfaced as one of the progenitors of the new phenomena that had captured the downtown music scene.The compositions were a more complex and extended version of many trio and quartet songs that we heard in the lofts but with more textures and counter melodies and harmony.

Mr.Murray engaged most of the leading players of that time like Julius Hemphill, John Carter, James Newton, Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins, Steve McCall, Joe Bowie, Bobby Bradford, Baikida Carrol, Pat Patrick and the legendary Jackie Byard. Amiri Baraka was the guest poet, Irene Datcher the vocalist and it was conducted by Lawrence Butch Morris. The concert was a success and inspired him to begin his Octet that year at a festival organized by his (then) manager Kunle Mwanga. There were several gigs in the U.S. and some tours in Europe at major festivals that helped the band to develop.