June 20 – Essential Thursdays: Jon Irabagon

 

 

Thursday, June 20, 7:30p
Old School Baptist Church
County Route 36 & Cartwright Rd Intersection
Denver, NY
Sponsored by Beaverdam Builders

“Saxophonist Jon Irabagon is a subverter of the jazz form,” declares Martin Longley in his Irabagon feature in the August issue of The New York City Jazz Record. “He’s a revolutionary who’s secretly messing with the changes. He might be dismantling the music’s mechanics from the inside, but from the outside he can frequently persuade a crowd that he’s an old- school practitioner. There are few players who can so deftly stride from postbop to free improvisation, avant country to doom metal and then wander from chaotic collage-spraying to sleek-blowing fluency.”

 

The winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition, Irabagon has since topped both the Rising Star Alto Saxophone and the Rising Star Tenor Saxophone categories in the DownBeat Magazine Critics’ Poll and been named one of Time Out New York’s 25 New York City Jazz Icons. Jon was also named 2012 Musician of the Year in The New York City Jazz Record and is an integral member of such high-profile ensembles as the Mary Halvorson Quintet, Septet and Octet, the Dave Douglas Quintet, Barry Altschul’s 3Dom Factor and formerly of Mostly Other People do the Killing as well as an established bandleader in his own right.

Irabagon has performed and/or recorded with such luminaries as Wynton Marsalis, Evan Parker, Dave Douglas, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Kenny Wheeler, Christian McBride, Joey DeFrancesco, Tom Harrell, Conor Oberst, Kenny Barron, Lou Reed, Rufus Reid, Nicholas Payton, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Jah Wobble, Michael Buble, George Cables, Bill Laswell, Tom Rainey, Mary Halvorson and Peter Evans, to name a few.

Irabagon is also the recipient of funding for three Shifting Foundation projects, a French-American Cultural Exchange grant from the Mid-Atlantic Foundation and a grant through the Stone Commissioning Series at National Sawdust. Jon has also received a 2012 Mabuhay Award by the National Association of Filipino-Americans and a 2014 Philippine Presidential Award.  

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83 out of 100 available Essential Thursdays: Jon Irabagon In celebration of the Roxbury Arts Group’s 40th Anniversary, we are offering the ‘Season of Free’ in 2019! All of our performances at all of our venues will be offered at no cost as we celebrate with the community that has nourished and inspired us for four decades. Any individual can reserve up to FOUR TICKETS per event. Any reservation exceeding the four ticket limit will be voided. Please bring your reservation confirmation with you to your performance. If you need to cancel your reservation, or if you have any questions, please call 607.326.7908. Thank you for supporting the Roxbury Arts Group’s mission to make the arts an integral part of life right here in the Catskills.

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