Tribute to Three Giants of Jazz

By Gil Gevins

On Thursday, December 18, Salomon Maawad and Teatro Ángela Peralta are teaming up to present a tribute to three of the most prominent figures in the history of jazz⎯Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane.

Tribute to Three Giants of Jazz
Concert organized by Salomón Maawad and the Teatro Ángela Peralta
Thurs, Dec 18, 7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
250/150 pesos

During a musical career of more than thirty-five years as Sax player and composer, Salomon Maawad has been greatly influenced by the rhythms, melodies, and harmonies of these legends of jazz. Although these might have been his stepping stones, Salomon has developed a style of his own, blending melodies and rhythms from all over the musical map (bebop, Latin, North African, funk, and modern jazz), and using the offbeat time signatures characteristic of avant-garde jazz, Salomon has come up with a varied and eclectic sound that is at once highly original, musically complex, and pleasing to the ear.

Salomon has organized this concert to bring recognition to these musicians and their influence on modern jazz. Charlie Parker was a leading figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique, and improvisation. Parker introduced revolutionary harmonic ideas including rapid passing chords, new variants of altered chords, and chord substitutions. Miles Davis was, together with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz-fusion. John Coltrane worked with bebop and hard bop, and helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz.

Next Thursday at 7pm, at Teatro Angela Peralta, Salomon on his alto, soprano and tenor saxophones, together with Ken Basman on guitar, Adrian Flores on upright bass, and Victor Monterrubio on drums, will be performing some of the most popular pieces from these giants of jazz. Make sure you mark this date in your calendar so you can enjoy one of the best live performances of their music.


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