This performance is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and in part by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs
Pharoah Sanders - sax | William Henderson - piano
Mike Gurrola - bass | Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smith - drums
Pharoah Sanders. In the mid-1960s, it was often hard to discern where John Coltrane's tenor sax left off and Pharoah Sanders' began. On long-form Coltrane albums such as "Ascension," "Om" and "Live in Japan," both expressed the passion of their times through multiphonic overblowing techniques, extracting the furthest extremes of sound from their horns. Upon Coltrane's 1967 death, Sanders carried the torch with popular world-influenced Impulse releases such as "Karma" and "Live at the East." Further work with Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner, extreme guitarist Sonny Sharrock and many others, along with a substantial catalog of his own and a consistent touring schedule, has kept Sanders' big, grainy sound in the public ear on a constant basis. Whether revisiting the unlimited vistas of his early career or putting his own stamp on jazz standards, Sanders continues to exemplify the essence of creative jazz.