Two performances 7pm and 9pm.
Joe Locke is widely considered to be one of the major voices of his instrument. Long known to be a soloist capable of stunning physical power and broad emotional range, it was not until the last decade that he emerged as the composer, band leader and conceptualist that he is considered today.
This is in no small part due to his recent solo projects, notably "Four Walls of Freedom" (Sirocco), a 6 movement suite featuring the late tenor saxophonist Bob Berg; "Live in Seattle" (Origin) by The Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group which won the 2006 Ear Shot award for Concert of the Year and his eloquent and vibrant quartet "Force Of Four" (Origin).
Grammy nominated organist Pat Bianchi, continues to establish himself as one of the foremost organists on the scene today. His command of the instrument, harmonic prowess, rhythmic intensity as well as his sensitivity and versatility are rivaled by few. In 2016 Bianchi was named “Rising Star Organist” by Downbeat Magazine. After spending a number of years both teaching and performing in Denver CO, Bianchi returned to New York City in June of 2008, soon after, he officially joined The Lou Donaldson quartet in 2009.
Continuing to play with Lou, Bianchi also joined Pat Martino's working trio in 2011 while taking on the responsibilities as musical director. Bianchi is featured on numerous recordings such as Tim Warfield's Sentimental Journey, a follow up to Warfield's recording One For Shirley (on which he also appears) as well as guitarist Chuck Loeb's release, Plain and Simple. At this time Bianchi also continued to perform with drummer Ralph Peterson Jr., forging ahead with The Unity Project. Bianchi was featured, recording much of this material on Peterson's CD Outer Reaches. Soon after Bianchi released his second recording as a leader, Back Home. This recording features Terell Stafford, Ralph Peterson Jr, Wayne Escoffery, Carmen Intorre Jr. and Gilad Hekselman.