Fresh from his release of The Digging (Sunnyside Records, 2016), Dan Blake returns to Smalls Jazz Club on November 9 at 7:30pm, this time joined NEA Jazz Master David Liebman. Liebman’s career has spanned over four decades, beginning in the early ’70s with his "apprenticeship" period performing and recording in the groups of drummer Elvin Jonesand Miles Davis. Since then, he has led a series of groundbreaking groups, including Lookout Farm and Quest. He is is currently Artist in Residence at the Manhattan School of Music (NYC).
Dan Blake has become one of the most adventurous emerging voices on New York’s jazz scene, having worked with Esperanza Spalding, Julian Lage, and Anthony Braxton, among others. Blake’s compositions extend the jazz tradition in new and often unexpected directions, as evidenced on his most recent release The Digging (Sunnyside Records), the band Mr. Liebman will join on November 9.
Rounding out the group will be veteranpercussionistPheeroan akLaff, with whom Blake has worked for over a decade in various projects, as well as the bassist Dmitry Ishenko, a longtime member of Blake’s trio and who shares another mentor, the legendary soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy.
Watch a trailer for the music here!