Claire Daly Quartet Plays Monk
Wednesday, June 6, 8 p.m.| Morris Graves Museum of Art, 636 F Street, Eureka
“She can combine bebop phrasing with a big barking R&B tone...Jazz could use more like her.”
—Kevin Whitehead, NPR jazz critic
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Our first ever post-season show last year went so well that when we were given a chance to host New York-based baritone saxophonist Claire Daly this June, we jumped. Six-time DownBeat Critics Poll winner in the “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” category and 2005 recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association “Baritone Sax of the Year” award, Daly is going old-school: she and her quartet are traveling down the West Coast for a solid week, and when they come off the road they head straight into the studio to lay down tracks for a new album of music by Thelonious Monk, to be released this fall.
This is all happening--tour, concert, album--thanks to our long-time sponsor the North Coast Brewing Company, whose support of jazz in California and beyond is unparalleled. Among other things, North Coast has for many years underwritten the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, and in 2009 it produced an album by a pick-up band of Monk alumni recording under the name "The Brother Thelonious Quintet"; Daly's album will be the second in the series. (Oh--and in case you didn't know: North Coast also makes some amazingly delicious craft beers.)
Claire Daly will tell you that her life changed on September 23, 1971, when as a very young girl, having played saxophone for three months, she heard the Buddy Rich Big Band at the Westchester County Center. The saxophone section stood up for a soli, and Claire was on her chair screaming. After dragging her father to the stage door for autographs afterwards, she turned to him and said, "I'd do anything to be on that [tour] bus." It was the kind of epiphany that only youthful enthusiasm can breed, but enthusiasm is still the motivating force in her musical life.
After attending Boston's Berklee College of Music, Daly anchored the sax section of the all-women DIVA Jazz Orchestra for seven years, freelanced in New York doing every imaginable kind of gig, and recorded six CDs with the brilliant, quirky composer/pianist Joel Forrester and their band "People Like Us", plus several of her own. (Her latest, “Mary Joyce Project: Nothing to Lose,” honors her second cousin, who traveled 1000 miles by dogsled from Juneau to Fairbanks in 1935-6.)
Resident artist since 2000 at the annual Litchfield Jazz Camp, Daly also teaches privately and at Lincoln Center in New York City.
(adapted from Claire Daly Music.com)
Tickets ($15 General Admission, $10 Students & Seniors) are available here at our website, or at Wildberries, Wildwood Music, People's Records, and The Works.
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