Best Bets: Florian Hoefner Group featured in March's Art of Jazz series

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 30, 2014 

Florian Hoefner Group

The March installment of the Art of Jazz series features the Florian Hoefner Group from New York City at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State Street. This innovative quartet, is on their West Coast Tour, and will play one gig only in Bellingham.

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The March installment of the Art of Jazz series features the Florian Hoefner Group from New York City at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State Street. This innovative quartet, is on their West Coast Tour, and will play one gig only in Bellingham.

Band members are Florian Hoefner, piano; Sam Anning, bass; Peter Kronreif, drums; and Matt Marantz, tenor saxophone.

Florian is both a jazz pianist and composer who has won numerous awards, performed at jazz festivals across the United States and Canada, and has toured Europe.

Anning is one of Australia's top jazz musicians who's performed with Kenny Werner, Wycliffe Gordon and Ari Hoenig, among others.

Kronreif's accolades as a studio drummer has led to more than 30 international CD releases.

Marantz's performed with Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck and Terrance Blanchard (with whom he studied in New Orleans) and plays regularly with Jonathan Batise's band.

Tickets, $16 general, $10 students (with I.D.) are available online at jazzproject.org or call 360-650-1066.

"PAINT: THE PAINTED WORKS OF LYLE WILSON"

"Paint: The Painted Works of Lyle Wilson" opens Sunday, March 30, and runs through July 6 at Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher, 250 Flora St.

The exhibit celebrates Wilson's achievements as a painter, writer and indigenous language advocate.

As one of the masters of Northwest Coast painting, Wilson, a Haisla artist from Kitamaat village, in northern British Columbia. builds on traditional forms to create art that is deeply personal, yet rooted in his Haisla heritage.

Featuring 58 works - mainly paintings depicting aspects of the land and sea that Wilson has created over the last two decades- "Paint" explores stories of the Haisla people and the evolution of a unique style of art. The Whatcom Museum is its first venue in the United States.

Details: whatcommuseum.org, 360-778-8939.

TRIBUTE JAZZ SERIES: ART OF THE PIANO TRIO PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF AHMAD JAMAL

The sixth concert in the Tribute Jazz series, taking place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave., continues with the music of Ahmad Jamal.

Jamal has quietly been one of the biggest influences in jazz.

According to American music critic Stanley Crouch, Jamal is second in importance in the development of jazz after 1945 only to Charlie Parker, due to his innovations and his major influence on the style and music of Miles Davis.

Taking on the task of performing this music is the Miles Black on piano, Chuck Kistler on bass and Julian MacDonough on drums. All ages welcome.

Tickets are $15 general, $10 students at the door. Details on Facebook.

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