By Kendall Buzzelli
Every member in a jazz quartet is essential to creating that classic sound. AZIZA – while being exceptional! – is no exception. The four jazz professionals who comprise AZIZA are Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland…and on October 20, they bring to Wharton Center a night of complex, rhythmic jazz melodies.
Band leader Dave Holland keeps AZIZA grounded with his skill on the bass. After performing for five decades, Holland brings years of expertise to AZIZA. The British performer has worked with such jazz superstars as Miles Davis, Chick Corea and Jack DeJohnette whilst shaping jazz throughout the 20th century.
American saxophonist Chris Potter has been a character to watch in the jazz world. At only 18 years old, Potter broke into the New York jazz scene as an impressive prodigy. In 2014, he was named the number one tenor saxophonist in the world by DownBeat. He is known for his interesting creativity with dynamics within music and his full-bodied tenor sound.
Lionel Loueke puts his own culture into his musicianship. Born in the African country of Benin, the guitarist has taken his talents across the world. Loueke’s unique style combines traditional West African music with jazz in complex time signatures to flavor AZIZA as only he can.
Eric Harland brings the band together on the drums. At 37, Harland has been on almost 200 recordings, been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and performed with legends like Savion Glover, Terence Blanchard and even Wayne Shorter, who will be performing at Wharton Center as well later this season.
This jazz quartet seamlessly comes together from different backgrounds, different countries and different sounds to create AZIZA. All four use their expressive playing to give an exciting performance.
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