February 28, 2014
Weekend in NoMad: Houston Person Quartet, Ivan Navarro
Head over to NoMad this weekend to catch the Houston Person Quartet in their three-night run at the Jazz Standard.
Before you head to the show, be sure to check out Ivan Navarro’s “This Land Is Your Land,” currently on display in Madison Square Park. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by and see this awesome installation in person yet, check out our pictures of the installation.
After swinging by the park, pop over to Jazz Standard where tenor saxophonist Houston Person will bring his smooth sound and prolific work in the swing and bop genres to the neighborhood. His body of work reflects many decades on the road, recording and touring the U.S. and Europe with the likes of Ron Carter, Lou Rawls, Horace Silver and Bernard Purdie.
In 2012, Person’s engagement at famed London jazz cafe Ronnie Scott’s brought him back to the spotlight with rave reviews and passionate audiences. John Fordham at The Guardian wrote, “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.”
His latest release, “So Nice on HighNote” was hailed by Dave Gelly at The Observer, who referred to Person’s sound as having, “poise, simple elegance and that mixture of gravitas and slight swagger that comes from having nothing left to prove…his playing just goes on getting better.”
Person will be joined by Lafayette Harris on piano, Matthew Parrish on bass, and Chip White on drums. The quartet will play sets at 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights as well as 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Friday and Saturday shows cost $30 a person; Sunday evening shows are only $25 a person. Tickets can be purchased here.