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Tony Malaby, Anthony Cox, JT Bates

  • North Street Cabaret 610 North Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)
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New York-based saxophonist Tony Malaby joins two Twin Cities musician, bassist Anthony Cox and drummer JT Bates, in a new trio that's currently on its first tour and planning to do some recording later this year. So what this performance will sound like is a bit unknown, but they've promised a mix of original compositions from all three and some improvisation. Plus, each player has a wide range of experience to bring to the table. Cox's collaborators have included Stan Getz, Elvin Jones, and Dave Douglas, and has released a few versatile, inquisitive albums as a bandleader, including 1992's Dark Metals. Malaby is known for embracing a fluid range of saxophone styles, from conversational and melodic work to more experimental approaches influenced by the likes of Roscoe Mitchell. Bates' work has been truly all over the map, collaborating with folk artists like The Pines and jazz heavies like pianist Craig Taborn, in addition to exploring electronics-infused weirdness of his 2015 solo album Open Relationships. Odds are these three versatile improvisers can create something pretty compelling at the intimate North Street Cabaret. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: October 5
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Later Event: October 5
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