Michael Brecker Quartet to Perform at Hope College
Posted November 12, 2001
HOLLAND -- Internationally renowned jazz
saxophonist Michael Brecker will perform with his quartet as
part of the Hope College Great Performance Series on
Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 8 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
Called "the best tenor saxophone player in the
world today" by "Gramophone" magazine, Brecker has received
countless awards for his work, including seven Grammys.
The Michael Brecker Quartet also features pianist
Joey Calderazzo, drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts and bassist Mihn
Heavily influenced by the music of John Coltrane,
Brecker has played the sax since he was a small child.
By the mid '70s, Brecker had recorded and
performed with jazz legends such as Dave Brubeck, Herbie
Hancock and Quincy Jones. While in New York, he launched
the club Seventh Street Avenue South, which was the pilot
light under such bands as Steps Ahead. Brecker also entered
the pop world, collaborating with icons like Frank Sinatra,
John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen.
Brecker released "Michael Brecker," his first of
eight solo albums, in 1987. It was voted album of the year
by both "Downbeat" and "Jazziz" magazines. His next
release, "Don't Try This at Home," won Brecker his first
After his 1990 release, "Now You See It, Now You
Don't," Brecker spent a year and a half touring and
recording with Paul Simon. He received two Grammys for his
1994 album "Out of the Loop." In 1997, Brecker was voted
"Best Soloist of the Year" by "JazzLife" magazine and "Jazz
Man of the Year" by "Swing Journal." He received two more
Grammys that year, his third pair in three consecutive
Brecker's latest recording, "Nearness of You: The
Ballad Book," includes the appearance of old friend James
Taylor singing on two tracks. NPR Jazz says the recording
"sounds more relaxed and--dare one say--more beautiful than
Brecker's previous jazz excursions."
Tickets for the concert cost $14 for regular adult
admission, $12 for senior citizens and $5 for children under
18, and will be available at the theatre lobby ticket office
in the DeWitt Center on Wednesday, Nov. 21, and Monday-
Tuesday, Nov. 26-27. The ticket office can called at (616)
395-7890, and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The
DeWitt Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on College
Avenue at 12th Street.