Brooklyn based jazz violinist Zach Brock will be featured in A Memorial Tribute to Rashied Ali at Manhattan’s Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleeker Street on Saturday, September 5th at 7pm
The tribute will feature Collective Language – Gregg Bendian, drums and Brock, violin (The Mahavishnu Project) with Jon Irabagon, sax (2008 Thelonius Monk Award winner) and Peter Brendler, bass – interpreting the music of “Interstellar Space” and late-period Coltrane.
The late Rashied Ali, born Robert Patterson (July 1, 1935 – August 12, 2009) was an American free jazz and avant-garde jazz drummer best known for playing with John Coltrane in the last years of Coltrane’s life.
Here’s more about Zach — his official bio:
Throughout the first ten years of his career as a jazz violinist, Zach Brock has shunned conventional notions of his instrument’s role in the jazz idiom. He has been heralded by Blue Note artist and MacArthur Grant recipient Patricia Barber as “the one on whom to place your bets in jazz” and lionized as “the great bright hope for jazz violin” by the Chicago Tribune. Brock’s wide-ranging accomplishments as a performer, composer, bandleader, and producer place him in the company of today’s leading independent jazz innovators.
Brock’s latest creative project emerges from his role in the upcoming independent documentary film “Passion,” a tribute to the late Polish virtuoso jazz violinist Zbigniew Seifert, produced and directed by Erin Harper. This new project offers a fresh take on the music of Seifert while presenting new music and arrangements by Brock that are inspired by the late violinist’s life and work, as well as Brock’s own personal journey during the filming of the documentary.
Brock’s arrival on the international jazz scene is a culmination of five years with his first ensemble, The Coffee Achievers. Originally convened for Brock’s debut recording, The Coffee Achievers progressed from a circuit of Midwest jazz clubs to performing at the Tudo e Jazz Festival in Ouro Preto, Brazil. The group also produced three recordings and a live DVD on Brock’s own label, Secret Fort Records.
Brock’s growing reputation as a jazz performer has recently been heralded by magazines such as Downbeat, which confirmed his status as a “rising star,” Strings magazine, and the College Music Journal. The Los Angeles Times called Brock “an intriguing young artist with a bright future”; the Chicago Tribune praised Brock’s “rising stature as the rare jazz fiddler with something significant to say.”
While working as bandleader, composer and producer, Brock still makes time to expand his resume, collaborating with an impressive roster of celebrated artists such as bassist Stanley Clarke, vocalist/pianist Patricia Barber, and drummer Dennis Chambers, as well as Alice Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette, Mose Allison, Kurt Elling, Chris Potter, John McLean, Grazyna Auguscik, Matt Ulery, The Mahavishnu Project and Eastern Blok.