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Concert: David Murray and Sir Kahil El'Zabar

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Join the First Unitarian church in welcoming Grammy award winning saxophonist, David Murray and iconic multi-percussionist, Sir Kahil El'Zabar with Special guests Rex Trim and Christopher McCune.

Monday, June 11th, 2018 8pm - 11pm

Tickets are 25.00 at the door/ 20.00 in advance at Juke Records, Caliban Books, Dave's Music Mine, and Jerry's Records, All ages welcome! Purchase tickets online through Brown Paper Tickets.


These two modern music masters, have been at the forefront of creative exploration and compositional diversity over the past four decades. Murray and ElZabar are recognized by their peers to be consummate virtuosos, who possess ingenious interpretations within the history and future of Great Black Music!

This magnificent duo, shares with us all, the hope and desire that comes from blowing fire in an acquired wisdom. This is freedom music in its noblest sense, meant to heal and release one from the regurgitated mediocrity currently flooding our airways. These two wise men know firsthand whats genuine and real. They have both played and recorded with the legends. To witness these time proven masters in person, is to be exalted and rejuvenated! They are the miracle of a profound sound, within a priceless opportunity not to be missed! These cats express brilliantly what true musicians feel and see, which is the epiphany to be free! They are body and soul, in a moments notice, that ignites the call to have a ball with the one and only Murray/ElZabar Duo!

Sir Kahil Elzabar is revered globally as a cultural visionary and an innovative music conceptualist. He has recorded more than 60 acclaimed projects as the leader, composer,and arranger. ElZabar, who holds a PHD in Inter/Disciplinary Arts from Lake

Forest College,has worked with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Pharoah Sanders, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Cannon Ball Adderly, Archie Shepp, Paul Simon, Lester Bowie, Nona Hendryx, Kurt Elling, Billy Bang, Eddie Harris, Neneh Cherry, Henry Threadgill, Roy Ayers, and David Murray.

In May 2014, Sir Kahil ElZabar was Knighted by the Council General of France, making him a (Chevalier Medal De Lettres).

David Murray is one of the most recorded musicians as a leader in the history of jazz, with well over 200 celebrated projects. Murray was one of the founding members of the World Saxophone Quartet and has worked with greats like, Elvin Jones, Jack DeJohnette, Mc Coy Tyner, Lester Bowie, Hamiet Bluiett, Jerry Garcia, Max Roach, Amiri Baraka, Randy Weston and Fred Hopkins. He is currently working with Macy Gray as part of his David Murray Big Band.

In 2012, David Murray received an Honorary Doctorate Of Music Degree from Pomona College, Claremont, California. He has won numerous awards over his vast career garnering a Grammy Award for the Best Jazz Instrumental Group Performance, for his Tribute to John Coltrane and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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