Alex Harding & Lucian Ban

Alex Harding

Alex Harding & Lucian Ban

Lucian Ban

Sun

4/15/2018

4:00pm

Jazz

Alex Harding & Lucian Ban

  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
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  • Alex Harding, baritone saxophone
  • Lucian Ban, piano

Alex Harding

Alex Harding was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1967. At the age of six, Alex knew what he wanted to do in his lifetime: to be a musician. Alex started on drums, and a few years later, after hearing Grover Washington, Jr. on the radio playing "Mr. Magic", Alex switched to the tenor saxophone. Harding took band classes in elementary, middle, and high school, entering musical competitions and shows. He chose to attend Northwestern High School so he could study music under the direction of Mr. Ernest Rogers, a renowned musician and teacher. It was during high school that Alex decided to make the baritone saxophone and bass clarinet his main instruments.

Alex Harding studied music in his early years with Yusef Lateef, Beans Bows and Herbie Williams, and played with Wynton Marsalis and Donal Byrd while still in high school. Alex went on to win music scholarships to the University of Massachusetts and the Aspen School of Music. Alex's first European engagement in 1990 was in Porgy & Bess. A year later, he went to Mexico to the Arts & Music Festival with percussionist Francisco Mora.
After settling in New York in 1993, and a stint touring with Phatoms, a Haitian group, Alex joined Julius Hemphill's Saxophone Sextet. He also began performing with Muhal Richard Abrams, Craig Harris, Lester Bowie, Frank Lacey, Oliver Lake, and David Murrary's Big Band.

In 1996, Alex joined Hamiet Bluiett's Baritone Group and appeared with the Mingus Big Band, Jayne Corlez Firespitters, and Lester Bowie's Hip-Hop Philharmonic. He also recorded with Greg Osby, Frank Lowe, David Lee Roth, and Rodney Whitaker. The following year, Alex recorded At Doctor King's Table with the Julius Hemphill Sextet, a CD with Hamiet Bluiett's Baritone Group, and he made his debut with the Sun Ra Arkestra under Marshall Allen's leadership. In 1998, Alex was part of the Sun Ra All-Star Project that premiered at the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival. More recently Alex has performed with the Roy Hargrove Big Band and with Aretha Franklin.

In the October 1997 issue of Jazz Times, the review of Hamiet Bluiett's Baritone Band said that Alex Harding "attacked the music with steamroller momentum and uncommon ferocity...it was sheer fireworks. Alex has recorded several CDs for the CIMP label and since 2008 he has performed on Broadway and toured with the Tony Award-winning show FELA!

A powerful and innovative saxophonist, Alex Harding has a unique and contemporary baritone sound. The sincerity of his musical expression and the dynamism of his performance reaches out and touches the human spirit and soul.

Lucian Ban

Twice nominated in 2005 & 2006 for the Hans Koller “Best European Jazz Musician Preis“, pianist, composer & arranger LUCIAN BAN is originally from Cluj, Transylvania, Romania. He currently lives in New York City where is part of the next generation of performers & composers at the forefront of contemporary modern jazz. Mr. Ban leads the group ELEVATION featuring renowned tenor sax Abraham Burton, Eric McPherson on drums and bassist Brad Jones, the ASYMMETRY Quartet featuring altoist Jorge Sylvester, bassist Brad Jones and drummer Derrek Phillips and the TUBA PROJECT featuring legendary Bob Stewart on tuba, Alex Harding on bari sax, Bruce Williams on alto sax and Willard Dyson on drums. He co-leads with soprano sax great Sam Newsome “The Romanian-American Jazz Suite” group, a project that presents Romanian Folk music from a jazz perspective. Together with bassist extraordinaire John Hebert he co-leads the Octet Enesco Re-Imagined dedicated to re-imagining the works of 20th century classical composer George Enescu. In 2003 the Lumination Ensemble featuring drum legend Barry Altschul was voted "One of the best shows of 2003 "by the former All About Jazz Magazine NYC along with Cecil Taylor and Joe Lovano groups. Mr Ban has released 10 CD as a leader for labels in US and Europe and has toured extensively on both sides of the Atlantic. Lucian Ban has performed/recorded with: Alex Harding, Barry Altschul, Gerald Cleaver, Bob Stewart, Mark Helias, Sam Newsome, Tony Malaby, Ralph Alessi, Art Baron, Curtis Fowlkes, Gene Jackson, Nasheet Waits, Ron Horton, Pheeroan AkLaff, Eric McPherson, Reggie Nicholson, J.D.Allen, Willard Dyson, Badal Roy, Carlo DeRosa, Damion Reid, Jorge Sylvester, Chris Dahlgren, Brad Jones, John Hebert, Bruce Williams, Bruce Cox, Hill Greene, Trevor Dunn, etc.