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Tuesday, February 22, 2022 | 8:00 pm$30.00
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2022 BIAMP PDX JAZZ FESTIVAL
JACK LONDON REVUE | Doors 7:00 pm / Show 8:00 pm
$30.00 ADVANCE GA / $35.00 DOS (21+)
Immanuel Wilkins – alto sax
Micah Thomas – piano
Daryl Johns – bass
Kweku Sumbry – drums
The music of saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins is filled with empathy and conviction, bonding arcs of melody and lamentation to pluming gestures of space and breath. Listeners were introduced to this riveting sound with his acclaimed debut album Omega, which was named the #1 Jazz Album of 2020 by The New York Times. The album also introduced his remarkable quartet with Micah Thomas on piano, Daryl Johns on bass, and Kweku Sumbry on drums, a tight-knit unit that Wilkins features once again on his stunning sophomore album The 7th Hand out on Blue Note Jan. 28, 2022.
The 7th Hand explores relationships between presence and nothingness across an hour-long suite comprised of seven movements. “I wanted to write a preparatory piece for my quartet to become vessels by the end of the piece, fully,” says the Brooklyn-based, Philadelphia-raised artist who Pitchfork said “composes ocean-deep jazz epics.”
Conceptually, the record evolves what Wilkins begins exploring on Omega, which included a four-part suite within the album. On The 7th Hand, all his compositions represent movements, played in succession. “They deal with cells and source material like a suite would,” says Wilkins, “but they function as songs, as well.”
By studying the humanity and the cultural specificity of jazz, Wilkins aspires to bring people together through his art. His debut recording, Omega (Blue Note 2020), produced by Jason Moran has received rave reviews including NPR and The New York Times as well as “Best New Jazz Artist” in the JazzTimes Critics’ Poll, and on numerous “Best of 2020” lists.
Wilkins began 2021 on a very positive note. He was nominated for a NAACP Image Award (Best Jazz Instrumental album) and won the prestigious LetterOne Rising Stars Jazz Award.