June 25th, 2022
FRANCESCO CROSARA QUARTET
Francesco Crosara, piano
Nathan Breedlove, trumpet
Phil Sparks, bass
Max Holmberg, drums
Jazz pianist & composer Francesco Crosara will appear at Rolling Bay Hall as part of the Weave Presents series for a special performance on June 25th with an all-star quartet featuring trumpeter Nathan Breedlove, bassist Phil Sparks, and drummer Max Holmberg.
The group will present original material, jazz standards revisited, and extemporaneous improvisations in a combination of formats that leverage the cultural heritage of the individual musicians and provide a unique experience for the public. Ranging from solo, to duets, to trios, and to the full quartet, the varied program promises eclectic, lyrical, and exuberant music.
“A pianist who originally hails from Italy, Crosara is well-versed in bop lore, and his delicate flow might indicate a debt to Bill Evans.” Down Beat Magazine
“Crosara’s compositions are considerate of their audience, providing a source of joy, comfort, escape, and healing. Crosara believes jazz is a collective experience and a “living language” that distills a multitude of identities, backgrounds, and personalities.” Earshot Jazz
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Originally from Milan, Italy, Francesco Crosara’s music melds an impressive mix of jazz improvisation, a romantic vein from his classical training, along with Latin influences. Francesco stands among the European-bred jazz greats, performing over the years with the likes of Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Richie Cole, Lilian Terry, and more. His recordings have featured a multicultural and international array of musicians.
Nathan Breedlove is a twice Grammy-nominated trumpeter from Memphis. He spent over 15 years on the road performing, recording and touring with major artists from Lionel Hampton to the Skatalites.
Phil Sparks is one of Seattle’s premiere bassists and has recorded and performed with numerous artists including Elvin Jones and many others. Phil is also a founding member of SRJO.
Berklee School of Music educated, Max Holmberg is a renowned drummer, bandleader, educator who has performed internationally and with notables like Wynton Marsalis, Joanne Brackeen, Eddie Gomez.
Based out of Rolling Bay Hall on Bainbridge Island, WEAVE Presents is a nonprofit performing arts and education organization that hosts international musicians, showcases our local independent arts community, and invites audiences to celebrate the multi-racial, multi-ethnic roots of American culture.