Hot saxophonist

November 20, 1997|By J.D. Considine

Because Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove and Wallace Roney have gotten so much attention in recent years, it's easy to assume that the biggest boom in young jazz stars has been among trumpet players. But that's hardly the case. In fact, the most popular "young lion" at the moment may be a saxophonist: Joe Lovano.

A Cleveland native who has twice been named "Jazz Artist of the Year" in both the Downbeat critics' and readers' polls, Lovano is well-schooled and eclectic, having played everything from straight-ahead jazz with the Woody Herman and Thad Jones/Mel Lewis big bands, to avant garde fare in groups led by Charlie Haden and Paul Motian. While he's quite capable of Coltrane-style excursions into the ether, he also understands the importance of melody and phrasing, as his current "Saluting Sinatra" makes clear.

Joe Lovano brings his quartet to the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills, tonight at 8 o'clock. Tickets are $18. Call 410-356-7469.

Pub Date: 11/20/97

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