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Earshot Jazz Presents: The Amina Figarova Sextet

All Day, Jun 26, 2019

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Earshot Jazz Presents: The Amina Figarova Sextet
7:30pm | Doors at 6:30pm

Ticket price and Ticket link to come.

Amina Figarova - piano
Bart Platteau - flutes
Alex Pope Norris - trumpet
Wayne Escoffery - tenor sax
Rashaan Carter - bass
Brian Richburg JR - drums

Hailing from Azerbaijan, the New York-based Amina Figarova is an internationally influenced—and recognized—composer, pianist, and bandleader. Those three roles come to the forefront in Figarova’s sextets, bands with a remarkable chemistry that brings her detailed arrangements to life. Every member of the group stands out as a first-rate individual, but their dedication to Figarova’s eclectic and powerful compositions gives this group its depth of feeling and elite status. The Amina Figarova Sextet has been a hit at major festivals like the Newport Jazz Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Amina Figarova - ROAD TO THE SUN

With this release Amina Figarova is celebrating the 20th anniverssary of her band. In 1998, having a blast playing with a big band made up of students from Thelonius Monk's Institute of Jazz, outdoors, surrounded by the gorgeous mountains of Aspen Snow Mass, I was thinking how much I wanted to create a smaller band that would have the same power of a big band, but with so much more room in it for each musician to shine. Little did I know this was the beginning of a beautiful journey, one that continues to this day, in which every concert, every recording is another beginning, another thrill, another joy.
I conceived of the band as a septet 20 years ago, and later refined it to a sextet in 2005. And many of the most incredible musicians in the world have been a part of this band and of my band family. It is so much fun writing for them, trying out different directions, different unknowns; this continuous journey an exquisite adventure: enlightening, illuminating, beautiful, easy and challenging at the same time.

"...Road To The Sun competes with September Suite as Amina Figarova's finest recording. Her incorporation of strings into her sound is brilliant. Those year-end polls that put the spotlight on Best Arrangers are usually reserved for writers of the larger ensembles. Figaravo, writing for her sextet plus three, should be given that consideration..." by Dan McClenaghan for All About Jazz

"...AMINA FIGAROVA/Road to the Sun: Celebrating 20 years in and showing no lack to her sense of wonder, this sprightly date mixes new age and jazz sensibilities without making a jazz/new age hyphenated release. The band is cooking, her leadership guides the way and her next decade is off to a smoking start. High octane, creative instrumental music runs the table here and runs it in fine form. A winner throughout..." by Chris Spector for Midwest Record

Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is All Ages until 10pm.

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