Sunday, November 24, 2013

Dave Glasser on carrying forward the grand traditions in jazz

New York-based Hot House magazine has published my profile of alto saxophonist Dave Glasser in its December issue. The bebopper who is keen on making sure new generations of players understand and appreciate the rich tradition of jazz as their musical voices evolve.

Those are  lessons he learned from several masters, including his work in the Frank Foster-led Count Basie Orchestra (1989-1991), the Illinois Jacquet Big Band (early to mid 1990s) and his 11 years in trumpeter Clark Terry’s quintet (1995-2006), as well as musical associations or studies with Barry Harris, Lee Konitz (with whom he started studying at age 15), Eddie Locke and Earl May.

“There is a certain feeling in the music, a joyous exuberance. That feeling is what really attracts people to this music. Those three (Foster, Jacquet and Terry) carried it forward in a great way. Whether you are listening to Louis Armstrong or Clark Terry or John Coltrane, that essence is what I am trying to carry forward,” Glasser says. You can read the full profile here. It's related to his quartet's December 14 gig at Smalls.

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