11-12 Legends of Jazz: Randy Brecker Sextet

Legends of Jazz: Randy Brecker

Friday, March 2 at 8 p.m.
Storer Auditorium
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Free Admission: Tickets at Sound Garden on Armory Square on Sat., Feb 18 at 10 a.m. while they last. Limit two per customer.

The Randy Brecker Sextet featuring Ada Rovatti, Dean Johnson, Mitch Stein, Oli Rockberger and Rodney Holmes

Trumpeter and Philadelphia native Randal “Randy” Brecker is one of the most sought after first call players in the history of Jazz, Pop, Rock, R&B, and Soul, in addition to being an astonishing musician, composer, arranger, leader, studio session man and sideman.
In a musical career spanning five decades, Randy has toured and recorded with an astonishing list of Music Industry Superstars, including Aerosmith, Dire Straits, Frank Zappa, Todd Rundgren. Stanley Turrentine, Billy Cobham, Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Charles Mingus, Brother Jack McDuff, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Horace Silver, Parliament-Funkadelic, Jaco Pastorius, Blue Öyster Cult and Spyro Gyra. He was also a charter member of Jazz Guitar Legend Larry Coryell's seminal and Genre-defining jazz fusion band The Eleventh House in the early 70's.

Certainly no stranger to Syracuse audiences, Randy has previously appeared at Syracuse Jazz Fest on many occasions with The Brecker Brothers, and most recently with longtime collaborator Bill Evans and the duo's SoulBop Band, which featured the great Hiram Bullock on guitar, Weather Report’s Victor Bailey on bass, and jazz drum legend Rodney Holmes.

As an original member of Blood Sweat & Tears, with founder Al Kooper, Brecker played on B S & T's seminal breakthrough album, Child Is Father to the Man, and is the older brother of saxophone giant and Legend Michael Brecker (1949–2007). Together, they led Dreams and The Brecker Brothers, two popular and critically-acclaimed funk and fusion bands that recorded several chart topping albums (including Straphangin', Heavy Metal BeBop) between the 1970s through the 1990s.
After the Brecker Brothers disbanded in 1982, Randy recorded and toured as a member of bassist Jaco Pastorius’ Word of Mouth Big Band, followed by a stint with Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias.

In the summer of 2001, Randy reunited with brother Michael for a European tour with an acoustic version of The Brecker Brothers, also promoting songs from Hangin´ In The City. Randy's classic CD for ESC, 34th ‘N’ Lex released in 2003, featured 11 new Randy Brecker compositions and arrangements and the “dream horn section” of David Sanborn, Michael Brecker, Fred Wesley and Ronnie Cuber, along with Randy’s regular working band and his current wife, the Italian tenor saxophonist Ada Rovatti, whose playing style bears a striking resemblance to Michael Brecker’s.

Joining Randy and Ada onstage for this season’s AAC Legends of Jazz Series event at Storer Auditorium on March 2nd, will be longtime Soulbop drummer and jazz legend Rodney Homes, the great Dean Johnson on acoustic upright double bass, and the amazing Oli Rockberger on keyboards and vocals. And rounding out the Sextet is longtime Brecker collaborator and NY Guitar Hero Mitch "Moose" Stein, who has performed and recorded with everyone from Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan and Tania Maria to Steve Gadd, Don Alias and David Sanborn.