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8:30 a.m., June 17
"For the last three years, I've split my time between San Diego and Amherst, MA, where I teach at Amherst College," says sax symbol Jason Robinson. "In the middle of this summer, my lovely partner Steph will be joining me in Amherst, which effectively means we're moving to New England. While I expect to be in San Diego from time to time, it will be much less frequently than in recent years."
Robinson will lead a West Coast version of his Janus Ensemble for a "Farewell to San Diego" show that happens June 2 at Dizzy's.
The concert will celebrate his deep connections to the San Diego music scene by featuring an all-star cast of frequent collaborators from over the years, including bassist Rob Thorsen, pianist Joshua White, and drummer Duncan Moore, as well as a large ensemble including saxophonist David Borgo, trombonist Michael Dessen, saxophonist Colin Friedkin, trombonist and flutist Andy Geib, saxophonist Gabriel Sundy, and flutist and saxophonist Ellen Weller.
The likely apex of the concert will feature Robinson in duo with his long-time collaborator, the acclaimed pianist and composer Anthony Davis.
Reedist, composer, and scholar Jason Robinson divides his time between performing, research, and teaching. He has performed/recorded with Peter Kowald, Mark Dresser, George Lewis, Anthony Davis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Eugene Chadbourne, Earl Howard, Emily Hay, Jeff Kaiser, Eek a Mouse, Bertram Turetzky, Mel Graves, Marco Eneidi, Mike Wofford, Philip Gelb, J.D. Parran, Gerry Hemingway, Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (at Pearl's, San Francisco), the La Jolla Symphony, SONOR (among others), as well as theater-oriented groups such as the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the New Pickle Circus.
Robinson is a published author and teaches regularly at the University of California, Irvine, the University of California, San Diego, Southwestern College, and elsewhere. He holds a PhD in Music. Robinson's 2002 release Tandem (Accretions Records) was a "critic's pick" that year in JazzTimes magazine. Robinson is the founder and artistic director of Circumvention Music and a founding member of the Trummerflora Collective.
In late 2010, he released three new albums from three different labels: The Two Faces of Janus (Cuneiform), Cerberus Reigning (Accretions), and - with Anthony Davis - Cerulean Landscape (Clean Feed).
Cerulean Landscape is stark, moody, and emotionally charged. The album features Robinson on tenor and soprano saxophones and alto flute, in collaboration with pianist and composer Anthony Davis, a UCSD professor who has been collaborating with Robinson since 1998. A collection of old and new original compositions, the music moves from minimalist, to orchestral, to beautifully melodic.
The Two Faces of Janus includes guest contributions from several distinguished figures in jazz and improvised music: Rudresh Mahanthappa, Marty Ehrlich, Liberty Ellman, Drew Gress, and George Schuller.
The second in a trilogy of Robinson's conceptual solo saxophone releases, Cerberus Reigning offers a richly evocative collection of electroacoustic pieces that tell a story about an other-worldly three-belled saxophone of sorts.
Regarding his impending departure from the left coast, Robinson says "I've had such wonderful musical experiences in San Diego and I hope that you'll consider joining me for a celebration of those relationships!"
Thursday, June 2 Dizzy's. 8 p.m. | all ages | $15 / $10 students Hosted at the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center 1st floor, Harbor Club Towers 2nd Avenue and J Street Downtown San Diego, CA http://www.dizzysjazz.com 858-270-7467