Donny McCaslin


Thu Sep 21 2023


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Best known as the saxophonist on David Bowie’s Blackstar, three-time Grammy nominated tenor saxophonist, composer and bandleader, Donny McCaslin, has released a dozen albums over his genre-defying career and has been called one of the most striking young voices in jazz, moving comfortably between mainstream modern, funky fusion, ballads, and his own experimental style. After attending Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, McCaslin became a sought-after player in New York City performing and touring with The Gary Burton Quintet and the Dave Douglas Quintet, among others and appearing as a sideman on many recordings, including those by Danilo Perez and Luciana Souza. He also performed with Tom Harrell, Brian Blade, John Pattitucci, The Mingus Band, and Pat Metheny.  When David Bowie saw McCaslin perform as a soloist for the Maria Schneider Orchestra, he invited him to play on Blackstar, his final recording, and it was McCaslin’s progressive jazz quartet that came to define the project’s “visionary stylistic fusion.” David Hadju of The Nation wrote, “Donny McCaslin was David Bowie’s David Bowie.” In turn, Bowie influenced McCaslin’s 2018 release, BLOW, a project that fused alt-rock with jazz and the first of his albums to feature lyrics. McCaslin’s latest release, I Want More (June 2023) featuring Jason Lindner, synthesizers, Wurlitzer; Tim Lefebvre, bass; and Mark Guiliana, drums, is described as “a powerful expression of McCaslin’s musical talent, showcasing his muscular sound, innovative compositions, and commitment to pushing the envelope both sonically and creatively,” and “a groundbreaking and visionary album that challenges traditional boundaries and is a vital addition to the jazz canon.” Tonight, McCaslin is joined by Lindner, Lefebvre and Nate Wood on drums.

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Outpost Performance Space
Outpost Performance Space
210 Yale Boulevard SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106