Sonny Fortune To Play The Jazz Showcase in Chicago
Sonny Fortune, the great post bop alto saxophonist, flutist and composer, appears at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago for four nights from Thursday, January 8th through Saturday, January 11th. Fortune is a riveting improvisor who can play inside or out with a logic and passion that never loses the listener. In his monthly Jazz Times article, Nat Hentoff stated that Sonny “ought to be a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master.” At 69 years old, Sonny is still blowing hard at the peak of his powers.
Over the years Sonny has also recorded with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin Jones, Oliver Nelson, George Benson and Nat Adderly, to name a few. In June 1975 Sonny formed his own group, marking his debut as a leader with two critically-acclaimed LPs for A&M Horizon, Awakening and Waves of Dreams. He’s had many albums released since then including three Blue Note CD’s: Four In One, his album of the music of Thelonious Monk; A Better Understanding was released September of 1995; and From Now On, was released in September 1996.
In addition to leading his own quartet, the following 10 years saw Sonny playing with the Nat Adderly Quartet and as a featured soloist with the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine. In 1987-88 he was part of the Coltrane Legacy Band that also featured McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones and Reggie Workman. More than a legacy, Sonny is still here and blowing hard.
His latest album, You and the Night and the Music, was put out in August of 2007. Hailed by Jazz Times and Down Beat as some of his best stuff yet, this release reflects the fact that Fortune won’t be slowing down any time soon.