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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $10 General Admission
Friday, February 12, 2010 - 8:00pm

Trevor Dunn's PROOFReaders perform the music of Ornette Coleman

Composer Portrait: Don Cherry

Trevor Dunn, bass
Darius Jones, saxophone
Nate Wooley, trumpet
Ryan Sawyer, drums

"Trevor Dunn, a bassist with one foot planted in experimental rock, takes a repertory approach with ProofReaders, his quartet with the trumpeter Nate Wooley, the saxophonist Darius Jones and the drummer Ryan Sawyer. The band takes a look at music by the free-jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman — with the closest of scrutiny, of course." -The New York Times

In 1993, Atlantic Records released "Beauty Is A Rare Thing: The Complete Atlantic Recordings of Ornette Coleman", which served as the catalyst for bassist Trevor Dunn to transcribe over fifty of Coleman's beautiful, but often neglected, works. Named after an unreleased Coleman composition of the same name, Trevor Dunn's PROOFReaders seek not to re-define or re-interpret these works. But, in Dunn's own words, "The point is to play these incredibly unique and adventurous songs [...] and have fun doing so." Dunn goes on by noting that he feels, "it is appropriate because so much of Ornette's musical language, as well as his verbal speech, is often very syntactical. The way he writes music and the way he speaks English are similar in their inimitable variation of normal harmony and grammar."

Trevor Dunn can be heard on over 75 recordings, including those by groups such as Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, John Zorn's Electric Masada and Moonchild, Erik Friedlander's Broken Arm Trio, and Curtis Hasselbring's New Mellow Edwards. His PROOFReaders ensemble includes three of New York's most interesting emerging musicians. Darius Jones "has the capacity for a proud, rafters-raising tone on alto saxophone, and as an improviser he’s fearless but disciplined." (The New York Times) His recent and highly acclaimed trio recording “Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing)” (Aum Fidelity) features Rakalam Bob Moses and Cooper-Moore. Drummer Ryan Sawyer is best known for his work with At the Drive-In, TV on the Radio and Fiery Furnaces, and performs regularly with Charles Gayle, Thurston Moore and Tunde Adebimpe.  Most recently, he co-wrote and performed the New York chapter of the Boredoms 88 Boa-drum. Nate Wooley, a student of both Ron Miles and Jack Wright, has collaborated with everyone from Chris Corsano and Wolf Eyes to Anthony Braxton and John Zorn.