These are the first local performances by saxophone giant Pharaoh Sanders in about 15 years, a rare opportunity to catch a highly influential and enduring jazz tenor player whose living peers can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Although Sanders, 72, has a rich catalog of recordings as a leader, he will always be renowned for his seminal work with John Coltrane in the mid-'60s, when that icon was deep into his revolutionary free-jazz experiments. The luminous authority of Sanders's harmonically rich tenor was as effective igniting the ferocious, abstract, squally splendor of Coltrane at his avant-garde peak as it would subsequently prove to be on his own more spiritual endeavors and ballad work. Sanders hasn't recorded much in recent years, following a few albums with Bill Laswell's Material crew around the turn of the century. Here, Sanders's quartet will include his longtime keyboardist, William Henderson, versatile Chicago bassist Dennis Carroll, and local master drummer Eric Kamau Grávátt. Sanders will likely dig out some Coltrane nuggets along with signature explorations of mind-expanding lyricism like 1969's "The Creator Has a Plan."
Mondays, Tuesdays, 7 & 9 p.m. Starts: July 8. Continues through July 9, 2013