May 22--It's alternately wonderful, overwhelming and even sad to consider how many great musical artists and albums are mostly overlooked by The Masses.
I wouldn't say jazz saxophonist and New Orleans native Donald Harrison Jr. is "overlooked" -- he's certainly renowned in the industry, plus the character Delmond Lambreaux on the hit television series "TremÉ" is based on Harrison -- but I wish more folks were familiar with his diverse and often brilliant work.
Here's your chance: tonight, Harrison, an '81 graduate of the Berklee School of Music, brings a touring quartet of current Berklee undergrads to the Side Door Jazz Club for a performance. It's part of the college's "Masters on the Road" series, wherein Berklee alumni return to campus to teach and lead a touring ensemble selected by audition.
Harrison's band includes pianist Santiago Bosch, bassist Osmar Okuma and drummer Darryl Staves -- and expect a generous sampling from Harrison's discography, ranging from noveau swing, hip hop, trad jazz, self-penned classical and, if folks are lucky, selections from "Indian Blues," an album Harrison made that fuses jazz with the Mardi Gras Indian chants of his hometown.
Donald Harrison'sBerklee Quartet, 8:30 tonight, Side Door Jazz Club, Old Lyme Inn, 85 Lyme St., Old Lyme; $20 plus $10 food/beverage minimum; (860) 434-0886.
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