Trumpeter, composer, and Berklee alumnus Christian Scott '05 will perform—with audio and video to be recorded for a subsequent NPR Jazz Night in America broadcast—in debut of his new album, Stretch Music (Ropeadope Records), joined by a full crew of nine of his favorite musicians: Isadora Mendez Scott (vocals), fellow Berklee alumnus Lawrence Fields (piano), Warren Wolf (vibraphone), Joe Dyson (drums), Braxton Cook (alto saxophone), Kris Funn (bass), Corey Fonville (drums), Elena Pinderhughes (flute, vocals), and Dominic Minix (guitar).
Born in New Orleans, Scott began his musical tutelage with his uncle, legendary sax man and jazz innovator Donald Harrison Jr. '81. Scott has released seven critically acclaimed studio recordings and two live albums, and is known for developing the harmonic convention labeled the "forecasting cell" and for his use of an unvoiced tone in his playing, emphasizing breath over vibration at the mouthpiece—often referred to as the “whisper technique.” With Stretch Music, Scott explores a jazz-rooted yet genre-blind musical form, stretching the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic conventions of jazz to encompass as many other musical forms, languages, and cultures as possible. The album, some of which was recored in Berklee's new Shames Family Scoring Stage earlier this year, features four new instruments designed exclusively for the group—three horns (the siren, sirenette, and reverse flugel) and the pan-African drum kit—as well as traditional jazz instrumentation and Eastern and electronic instruments.
There will be one show only, and seating is extremely limited.
Watch Christian Scott perform at the 2013 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival: