Jessica Jones & Mark Taylor
Saturday, June 25, 2011, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)left of center original jazz with saxophone and french horn $20.50 advance / $22.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
June 25 8:00 pm

Jessica Jones & Mark TaylorNew York-based composer/instrumentalists Jessica Jones and Mark Taylor unleash their musical swiss army knives to create a romping sonic adventure full of energy, creativity, new textures, and good times. Their jazz quartet, combining french horn, mellophone, and tenor saxophone with bass (John Shifflet) and drums (Jason Lewis), plays original experimental music exploring the tension between freedom and structure always present in jazz and improvised music.

Berkeley native Jessica (tenor sax) has worked with Joseph Jarman, Cecil Taylor, Steve Coleman, Don Cherry, and Peter Apfelbaum, as well as a variety of Haitian, Caribbean, and African bands. These influences helped form her compositional direction which is grounded in the jazz tradition while always reaching for new directions.

Mark is one a handful of performers to integrate the notoriously difficult french horn in jazz and improvised music, in a style Coda Magazine describes as "rapturous" and "golden." In addition to performing and recording with such modern giants as Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, and Henry Threadgill's Very Very Circus, Mark composes for theatre, dance, and film, including independent film The Girl, and scoring the documentaries, A String of Pearls, and 9/11: The Forgotten Underdogs.

Longtime musical collaborators Mark and Jessica regularly dazzle listeners at NYC jazz venues and festivals from the SFJAZZ Festival to the Nancy Jazz Festival in France.

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