Catalina’s In L.A. To Host Pharoah Sanders August 27th-29th
Jazz legend and Grammy Award winner Pharoah Sanders plans to make a stop by L.A.’s own Catalina Bar & Grill August 27th-29th.
Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, Sanders’ sound can be as raw and abrasive as it is possible for a saxophonist to produce. Yet, Sanders is highly regarded to the point of reverence by a great many jazz fans.
Pharoah Sanders formed his first group in 1963, with pianist John Hicks (with whom he would continue to play off-and-on into the ’90s), bassist Wilbur Ware, and drummer Billy Higgins. His first record as a leader was in 1964 for the ESP label. The group played an engagement at New York’s Village Gate, where John Coltrane heard him and by 1965, Sanders was playing regularly with the Coltrane group. Strength was a necessity in that band, and as Coltrane realized, Sanders had it in abundance.
Ferrell Sanders, renamed “Pharoah” by Sun Ra when he joined Ra’s Arkestra, possesses an instantly identifiable tone that is thick and harmonically rich and heavy with overtones- a sound that can be as aggressive and raspy as Peter Brotzman. John Coltrane’s later style was strongly influenced by Sanders. Sanders first really captured the publics attention while playing with expressionistic and wide-open free jazz in John Coltrane’s late ensembles of the mid-’60s. Sanders’ later music has become more lyrical and soulful while continuing to explore new harmonic terrain.
Throughout most of the 60s and 70s, Sanders spent most of his time in the studio, releasing album after album. He was maturing as standout jazz performer and saxophonist by this time, working with many of the big names at the time, including notables like Norman Connors, Cecil McBee, Stanley Clark, Sedatrius Brown, Joe Bonner, and Kylo Kylo.
Sanders has developed the capability of playing convincingly in a variety of contexts, from free to mainstream, and as a mature artist he has discovered a hard-edged lyricism that has served him well. Be sure to mark your calendars for one of these performances – you won’t be disappointed!