San Diego Magazine: "Athenaeum Jazz: Tom Harrell Chamber Ensemble"

The Athenaeum Jazz series concludes on Thursday, October 25, with the nine-member Tom Harrell Chamber Ensemble, featuring master trumpeter and fluegelhornist Harrell and his top-flight jazz quintet (Wayne Escoffery on saxophones, Danny Grissett on piano, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Johnathan Blake on drums) plus four chamber players (Charles Pillow on flute, Meg Okura on violin, Rubin Kodheli on cello, and Rale Micic on guitar). This extraordinary nine-piece ensemble features Harrell’s richly textured arrangements of music by Debussy and Ravel as well as his own compelling originals. Widely recognized as one of the most creative jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time, Harrell is a frequent winner in DownBeat and JazzTimes magazines' critics and readers polls. His warm, burnished sound and the harmonic and rhythmic sophistication in his playing and writing have earned Harrell his place as a jazz icon to aspiring musicians and devoted fans alike. Jazz Times wrote, “There is no one in jazz today writing with more intelligence, depth and heart than Tom Harrell… and Harrell’s playing on trumpet or fluegelhorn is equally breathtaking and cliche-free." Jazziz commented, “Harrell is the complete package–an exceptional improviser whose talents for composition and arranging equal his skill as an instrumentalist." Seating is limited and early reservations are advised! For tickets and information, visit our website www.ljathenaeum.org/jazz or call 858-454-5872. Please note that ticket prices have been adjusted solely to offset new expenses associated with the change in management of the hall.