Chamber Music America Premiere

Saxophonist Rob Reddy Set to Perform Three NYC Concerts in October as Part of Program “99 Cent Dreams


Performances to Feature His

Bechet: Our Contemporary Ensemble



Wednesday, October 5
Set Time: 8:00pm
The New School 
(Arnhold Hall)
55 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011


Thursday, October 13
Set Time: 7:00pm
Jamaica Center of 
Arts & Learning 
161-04 Jamaica Ave
Jamaica, NY 11432




Sunday, October 16
Set Time: 9:00pm
ShapeShifter Lab 
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215




Saxophonist Rob Reddy is set to perform in New York City on October 5 at The New School, October 13 at Jamaica Center of Arts & Learning and October 16 at ShapeShifter Lab honoring the great Sidney Bechet. Reddy will be joined by trumpeter John Carlson, trombonist Josh Roseman, violinist Charlie Burnham, cellist Christopher Hoffman, guitaristMarvin Sewell, double bassist Dom Richards, and drummer Pherroan akLaff.

Rob Reddy’s Bechet: Our Contemporary, is an ensemble whose repertoire is based on the legacy, life and music of the American soprano saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Sidney Bechet (1897-1959). The ensemble’s initial recording (which was released in September, 2015), intertwined four of Sidney Bechet’s original compositions with four of Reddy’s. Although Bechet’s work as the premiere jazz soprano saxophonist has had a huge impact on Reddy, being that the soprano saxophone is his instrument of choice, he instead used Bechet’s original compositions as a point of departure to create this work. The work is an homage to the great Bechet but in no terms a “repertoire” or “nostalgia” piece: these are reinterpretations of Bechet’s work along side Reddy’s original compositions.

Reddy received a Chamber Music America New Works Jazz Commission to compose a new work for the ensemble which will feature only Reddy’s original compositions, again inspired by the tenacity and vitality of the Sidney Bechet’s legacy. Reddy see’s this project as an honest and respectful attempt at honoring Bechet’s place in history as a seriously forward-thinking, avant-garde artist of his time, while also putting his work into conversation with our own, present-day sociopolitical landscape.

99 Cent Dreams by Rob Reddy’s Bechet: Our Contemporary has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2015 New Jazz Works program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.”
Rob Reddy · Citizen Quintet
Reddy Music · Release Date: September 30, 2016
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