Jazz Live: Theo Saunders, July 5
San Diegans have a unique opportunity to experience one of jazz's best kept secrets on Tuesday, July 5 at City College in the Saville Theatre as a part of the KSDS Jazz Live series.
Native New Yorker Theo Saunders moved to California in 1985, and his work on both coasts is formidable. He's in possession of a forceful, driving, post-McCoy Tyner technique, an ability that has earned him work with former Coltrane associates Pharoah Sanders, Jimmy Garrison. Reggie Workman and Rashied Ali. Add time with Freddie Hubbard, Harold Land, Bennie Maupin and Jack DeJohnette, and you've got one part of the Saunders aesthetic.
He's also logged significant time with Latin jazz bandleaders like Ray Mantilla, Willie Bobo and timbalero Bobby Matos.
Saunders was in town twice last year with Matos and bassist Henry Franklin and his contribution to both of those shows was electric.
Saunders' own performing mantra requires him to "keep hearing what's ahead--as the player is improvising in the present, he must be able to hear into the future." Find out what that means by attending the Tuesday show, or tuning in to 88.3 on your FM dial. You can also catch it streaming live on the internet at jazz88.org
photo courtesy Theo Saunders