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Outpost wraps up its busy summer 2014 season with the final Summer Thursday Jazz Nights concert. John Rangel is a multi-faceted musician, composer, and producer. Originally from New York, he has an extensive performance resume and has produced and recorded many artists. He has composed music for a wide variety of ensembles ranging from jazz quartets to string quartets, chamber orchestras, and solo piano, and has won many New Mexico Music Awards for production and performance. Tonight, he teams up with fellow New York native, drummer John Trentacosta, and Seattle native, bassist, Andy Zadrozny to create the highly energetic and interactive trio, BopMosphere, which explores Rangel’s bebop inflected originals, that “transport the audience into the jazz stratosphere,” as he puts it.
The second set of the evening will be a performance of an extended composition by bassist & composer, Lenny Tischler. “Freedom Work: Folk Forms and Variations” is a five movement jazz suite composed and arranged by Tischler and performed by a jazz septet. Part compositional and part improvisational, the suite, which was premiered in Santa Fe in March of this year, is a musical journey depicting the struggle for freedom (and freedom of expression) and justice. It incorporates variations of “folk forms” from the American musical tradition and expressed in the language of Jazz and blues, which is the language of the American experience. The movements are entitled: Prayer, Night Dance Until Dawn, Love Song, Hope Is Essential and Like a Mighty Stream. The Septet features Edward Seymour, vocals; Paul Gonzales, trumpet; Arlen Asher, clarinet/alto-saxophone; Brian Wingard, tenor saxophone; John Rangel, piano; Andy Zadrozny, bass; John Trentacosta, drums.