Saxophonist to Conduct Workshop Feb. 22

A guest jazz workshop featuring saxophonist Logan Richardson and music from his album “Shift” will take place at 4 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

Born and, raised in Kansas City, Mo., Richardson was mentored by some of the finest figures in the history of improvised music, including Jay McShann, Claude “Fiddler” Williams and Queen Bey. At 19 years old, he moved to Boston, Mass., to study at the Berklee College of Music. After one year he left Boston to move to New York and complete his studies at The New School University on a full scholarship. At the age of 21, Richardson was provided with immediate opportunities to perform, tour and record professionally with masters such as Joe Chambers, Butch Morris, Stefon Harris, Ambrose Akinmusire, Greg Tardy, Nasheet Waits, Michelle Rosewoman, Billy Hart and Jason Moran.

In 2006, Richardson released his debut album, “Cerebral Flow,” and in 2009 he followed up with his sophomore album, “Ethos.” In 2011, he moved from New York to Paris where he has continued to build a widespread international acclaim. Richardson has been received favorably for his uniquely identifiable alto sound, in addition to his compositional fortitude in which he displays a great depth as an urban sound designer.

In 2012, Richardson collaborated with Concord Records, and soon after released the project NEXT Collective. In addition to being the alto voice in this formation, he was also an arranger and co-producer for the project.  

Richardson recently recorded his highly anticipated third album, “Shift,” with an elegantly matched band of artists and innovators including 20-time Grammy-winning guitarist Pat Metheny; MacArthur genius grant recipient and artistic director of jazz at the Kennedy Center, pianist Jason Moran; drummer Nasheet Waits; and Harish Raghavan, bassist of Ambrose Akinmusire’s band and innovator of the double bass.

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