The Sublime Music of Steve Lacy

The Sublime Music of Steve Lacy

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O'Connor, Bell and Malcolm perform music by the late, great jazz composer

Chris O'Connor (drums), John Bell (vibes) and Greg Malcolm (guitar) explore the music of the late, great jazz composer and saxophonist Steve Lacy.

A creative musician of startling originality, O'Connor is New Zealand's most in-demand drummer and a list of his collaborators reads like a who's-who of the New Zealand music scene, from the anthemic pop of The Mockers to the hyper-intense noise jazz of The Snouts, and practically everyone in between.

A long-time devotee of the music of Steve Lacy (O'Connor performed with Lacy at the 1998 Wellington Jazz Festival), Chris O'Connor has found the perfect partner and fellow Lacy-o-phile in guitarist Greg Malcolm. Malcolm has been adapting Steve Lacy's music to the guitar for several decades, and Lacy's compositions (originally written for soprano sax) give an ethereal and vibrant interpretation on six strings. The trio is rounded off by the bell-like chimes of John Bell's vibraphone.

Recognised as one of the most important players of soprano saxophone, Steve Lacy (1934–2004) contributed a unique body of compositions to the jazz repertoire. From a progressive Dixieland musician in the 1950s, his long and prolific career included a stint in Thelonious Monk’s band. With an interest in experimental jazz and to a lesser extent free improvisation, Lacy's music was typically melodic and tightly-structured. His highly distinctive compositions are often built out of little more than a single questioning phrase, repeated several times.

This is your chance to hear the music of this great composer through the lens of three of New Zealand’s leading jazz performers.

On the same night and for the same ticket price, you can also catch Peter Daly & The Strange Strings  live at the Pyramid before this show.