"On piano, Horvitz is economical yet lyrical, never venturing far from the strong melodic hooks which characterize his compositions, but constantly working small surprises." —The Wire, UK
"This is music that's lovely without being goopy, indirect without being too cool." —Mark Fefer, Seattle Weekly
Pianist, composer and bandleader Wayne Horvitz has created a staggeringly diverse body of music in his twenty years a linchpin of Seattle's music scene. Sweeter Than the Day is his acoustic piano-guitar-bass-drums quartet—bebop playfulness tinged with a bare pop sensibility and a dreamy country-blues twang. The music is infused with Horvitz's signature blend of evocative melodies, offbeat harmonies, brilliant soloing, and dazzling group interplay steeped in the confidence of a band that’s been working together for a decade.
Now in its fourth year, JAZZPop returns to the Hammer courtyard for three Thursdays of jazz without boundaries. Veteran artists and bold new voices present a series of free performances of original, adventurous music that combines inventive composition with improvisational prowess and propulsive groove. JAZZPOP draws on influences as far-ranging as jagged noise rock, impressionistic electric jazz, moody country blues and gutbucket soul, to re-imagine jazz as a music of our contemporary moment.
Organized by San Francisco musician and curator Lisa Mezzacappa.
ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required.
Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00p.m.
Public programs are made possible, in part, by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss.
Additional support is provided by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and the Hammer Programs Committee.