Built around the kernel of Ghost Trees-Seth Nanaa on drums and Brent Bagwell on tenor saxophone-this big band allows the duo the opportunity to fill out their compositions with colorful instrumentation (pedal steel guitar and singing saw to name a few of the less common components). It features a cast of Charlotte's most interesting and far-ranging musicians.
Created during a month-long residency at the Skyline Artists in Residence project in September 2015, the Ghost Trees Big Band established a deep rapport and intuition.
This performance will make space for the duo of Josh Berman (cornet) and Keefe Jackson (reeds), who will open the show. Berman and Jackson have played together for over 10 years, while racking up accolades on the Chicago jazz scene. Their duo interplay moves from light, boppish lines to the edges of abstraction.