Pharoah Sanders Quartet, Wed. April 3, 2013


Pharoah Sanders Quartet
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“…probably the best tenor player in the world…” – Ornette Coleman

Free-jazz pioneer/saxophonist Pharoah Sanders got his start playing with Sun Ra, rose to fame in John Coltrane’s group and was given his stage name by Amiri Baraka. With that company, it’s only natural that he would rise to such cultural significance. His intense avant-leaning phrasing has become a touchstone of free-jazz, his collaborations with Coltrane were monumental to both artists, and his classic 1960’s and 70’s Impulse Records discography has cultivated legions of followers to his singular style.

Born Ferrell Sanders in Little Rock, Arkansas, he began his professional career after relocating to Oakland, California.  After putting in some time on the West Coast scene, NYC beckoned and he moved to the East Coast in 1961.  Shortly thereafter, he was christened with his ‘Pharoah’ nom-de-stage by poet Amiri Baraka.  After a rough start of living on the streets, under stairwells, or anywhere else he could find, Sanders eventually started to break through the competitive New York jazz scene.

In 1965, Sanders joined John Coltrane’s group, just as Coltrane began to explore the avant-jazz stylings introduced to the world by Albert Ayler and Sun Ra.  His first appearance on a Coltrane album was on 1965’s Ascension and continued with Meditations, which featured the two tenor players going head-to-head with powerful, lengthy & dissonant solos.  Sander’s post-Coltrane career went on to include numerous collaborations, with the likes of Carla Bley, Cecil Taylor and Don Cherry.  His 1970s Impulse Records material cemented his legacy in the free jazz genre, highlighted with landmark compositions such as “The Creator Has A Master Plan.”

Sanders’ most recent album is 2005’s With A Heartbeat, which features the electronic flavorings of legendary producer Bill Laswell.  Sanders has been making the rounds at large festivals and venues across the globe these days with, his touring band of pianist Williams Henderson, bassist Nat Reeves and drummer Joe Farnsworth; representing a golden age in jazz, while still looking steadily towards the future.

Pharoah Sanders Quartet

DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Martine Urbach


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