Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet; Thursday, May 8, 2014
Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet
Thursday, May 8
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
9pm: ½ Price Night for Students
“…equal parts Galactic and Dirty Dozen Brass Band…” – JazzTimes
The Mu’tet is led by saxophonist Jeff Coffin of Dave Matthews Band fame (not to mention his fourteen years with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones), and is a force to be reckoned with. A composer, educator and three-time Grammy winner, Coffin’s philosophy is that music must continue to change and ‘mutate’ in order to grow. Joining him in this ethos is Roy “Futureman” Wooten on drums and Felix Pastorius on bass. With their music influenced by the deep wells of funk, jazz, New Orleans, African, Indian and folk music, Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet push boundaries…twisting the mind like a metaphysical puzzle.
Aside from having shared the stage with Matthews and Fleck, Coffin has also collaborated Maceo Parker, McCoy Tyner, Phish, My Morning Jacket, Van Morrison, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Dixie Chicks and countless more. If that were not impressive enough, the Mu’tet has also performed and given educational clinics from Farmington, Maine to Perth, Australia to Johannesburg, South Africa.
Wooten, known by his stage-name of “Futureman,” grew up playing with his well-known musician siblings (bassist Victor, guitarist Regi and kayboardist Joseph) and has become well-known, not only as a member of the Flecktones, but as an inventor of various electronic instruments. Also from impressive musical lineage is bassist Felix Pastorius, who picked up the instrument from his legendary father, Jaco. A mere 28 years old, Pastorius hit the road with the Yellowjackets a few years back and has since been keeping his family legacy alive onstage.
With two excellent, recent live album under their belts – 2012’s Into The Air and 2011’s Live! – Jazz Times adequately puts it that “Any band that jams like this has earned an exclamation point in the title of its live album…[Coffin] enters like a spinning top, corkscrewing his phrases into a tightly wound circle that turns into a cyclone.” Every show has new surprises in store, which are as thrilling to the audience as they are to the members of the band; which is probably why both keep coming back to the Mu’tet for more, year-after-year.
Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet
DATE: Thursday, May 8, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $22/Adv $27Door; 9pm: ½ Price Night for Students
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-222
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