Langnau Jazz Nights: Butcher Brown / Donny McCaslin

Program Wednesday July 24, 2024

Butcher Brown / Donny McCaslin

Wednesday, July 24– 22:15

Butcher Brown
Corey Fonville dr, Marcus Tenney tp, Dj Harrison p, Andrew Jay Randazzo b, Morgan Burrs g

Pulsing from the nerve center of Jellowstone Studios in Richmond, VA, Butcher Brown takes careful note of the history and legacy of jazz and throws caution to the wind. Their musical vibe blends jazz with hip hop, funk, rap, rock and soul. The group honors each musical genre and, at the same time, challenges traditional musical boundaries. The result is their most exciting collection of tracks to date. Butcher Brown features Tennishu, Morgan Burrs, Corey Fonville, Andrew Randazzo, and DJ Harrison.

Wednesday, July 24 – 20:30

Donny McCaslin - I Want More
Donny McCaslin sax, Jason Lindner keys, Tim Lefebvre b, Zach Danziger dr

Donny McCaslin is best known as the saxophonist on David Bowie’s last album, Blackstar. The noted composer and bandleader has released a dozen albums over his genre-defying, Grammy-nominated career. 

McCaslin began playing at age 12, and as a teenager, performed in his vibraphonist father's band in Santa Cruz. By high school, he had appeared multiple times at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

After attending Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, McCaslin became a sought-after player in New York City. David Bowie saw McCaslin perform as soloist for the Maria Schneider Orchestra and brought in McCaslin’s progressive jazz quartet that came to define Blackstar's visionary stylistic fusion. As David Hadju wrote in The Nation, “Donny McCaslin was David Bowie’s David Bowie.” 

In turn, Bowie influenced McCaslin, who fused alt-rock and jazz on his first album with lyrics, 2018’s BLOW.