Discover Jazz: Elvin Jones
The driving force behind every jazz ensemble, the drummer represents the quintessential role as conductor, literally driving the band and creating explosive solos while providing the nuances of dynamics and accompaniment. This spring Discover Jazz takes a close look at the contributions of six extraordinary artists — Tony Williams, Peter Erskine, Elvin Jones, Jack DeJohnette, Brian Blade and Eric Harland — tracing their signature sounds, distinctive presence and influential mark on jazz drumming today and beyond. Series taught by SFJAZZ lecturer, composer and bassist Cory Combs.
Touted as the “world’s greatest rhythmic drummer,” Jones’ close-knit work alongside McCoy Tyner and Jimmy Garrison provided the volcanic foundation of the John Coltrane Quartet. Joining us as a special guest for this class is Bay Area treasure Jeff Mars, a member of the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra as well as in-demand educator and sideman with artists including Cecil McBee, Benny Golson and many others.