November 5, 2014
Houston Person Quartet Plays Jazz Standard
Tenor saxophonist Houston Person guides his quartet through four nights at the Jazz Standard this week. The saxophonist, who is perhaps now best known as a bandleader, got his start playing alongside jazz greats like Johnny “Hammond” Smith, Horace Silver, Shirley Scott, Bernard Purdie and Sonny Phillips.
John Fordham, of The Guardian, says of Person’s playing,”His sound has become uniquely characterful: an idiosyncratic edit of all he has learned, expressed in shrugging hoots, briefly cantering bop sprints, spacious and softly blown ballads.”
The quartet features Person on tenor sax, John DiMartino on piano, Matthew Parrish on bass and Chip White on drums.
The group will play sets at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, with an additional 11:45 p.m. set on Friday and Saturday evenings. Tickets for all shows run $30 per person and are available online.