Columbus will receive a rare treat when the Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet, aka Sound Prints, plays at OSU’s Wexner Center. The name Sound Prints is a reference to jazz legend Wayne Shorter and his composition “Footprints.” The tribute to Shorter is more conceptual than literal, however, as the band plays mostly original music and instead focuses on his approach to jazz, as summed up by his oft-quoted comment, “I can’t rehearse the unexpected.” Though performances feature compositions by both of the featured players, the band uses these pieces as starting points to intense and spontaneous collaborations when they begin to play together.
The group is led by modern jazz titans Lovano and Douglas, who are celebrating their 60th and 50th birthdays this year, respectively. Tenor saxophonist Lovano, a Cleveland native, has worked with Jack McDuff, Dr. Lonnie Smith, John Scofield, and Paul Motian, and has released albums under his own name for almost thirty years. Trumpeter Douglas, at times regarded as the most original trumpeter/composer of his generation, has recorded for twenty years, garnering an Aaron Copland Award and two Grammy nominations. The quintet also includes rising star pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh (who has released two albums on Douglas’ label Greenleaf Music), and versatile drummer Joey Baron. The quintet is an all-star lineup sure to present an exciting and nuanced performance.
The Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints will perform at the Performance Space at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Center, 1871 North High Street, on Tuesday, September 24th, at 7pm. Visit the Wexner Center website for more info and to buy tickets.
Here is a promotional video to give a bit more insight into the band: