KENNESAW, Ga. | Jan 16, 2024
Jazz fusion supergroup improvises innovative and eclectic jazz music
Kennesaw State University’s Bailey School of Music will welcome saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones) and his Band of Other Brothers on Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. This cross-genre supergroup blends a variety of influences: the gritty South of the Allman Brothers, the funk of James Brown, the eerie melodies of Pink Floyd, and the improvisation of The Grateful Dead.
Besides Coffin, musicians performing at KSU with the Band include drummer Jordan Perlson, keyboardist Chris Walters, bassist Felix Pastorius, and guitarist Nir Felder. The jazz fusion group relies on their network of skilled musicians to collaborate in creating innovative—and often eclectic—jazz music. The changing lineup of musicians keeps the music fresh, but Coffin and Felder are almost always on stage with the Band.
In an interview with the Band’s label, Ear Up Records, on the 2021 release of Look Up!, Felder said, “I still can't believe I get to be in a band with these heroes of mine,” says Felder. “Here's to many more with this brilliant group of musicians I am so proud to get to call my brothers.”
The comradery and mutual respect for each other’s abilities provide a strong foundation for the band’s music and flexible repertory. For the Jan. 19 performance, for example, the evening’s works will be announced from the stage. Coffin and other band members will also participate in masterclasses with Bailey School of Music students.
Interim Assistant Director Dr. Nathaniel F. Parker is excited about the international, all-star jazz quintet’s time at KSU. He said, “During their time on campus, these world-class musicians will first engage our students in masterclasses. Then, our students and the public will have the opportunity to experience their artistry on stage in Morgan Hall.”
Coffin continues to be recognized for his musical passion, his deep commitment to music education, and his tireless dedication to improvisational music, which he teaches at Vanderbilt University. He has written numerous music books and is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician and a JodyJazz Artist. Not only is he recognized for his breathtakingly singable and enigmatic compositions and searing improvisations, but also for his very unusual facial hair.
Band of Other Brothers will perform at KSU on Friday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. For a limited time, buy one ticket, get one free. You may purchase tickets online or call 470-578-6650.