The 2021 Angel City Jazz Festival arrives at REDCAT with a double bill: The Mark Dresser 5 and the Jeremy Ledbetter Trio.
Mark Dresser is a Grammy-nominated, internationally renowned bass player, improviser, and composer. At the core of his music is an obsession and commitment to expanding the sonic, musical, and expressive possibilities of the contrabass. He has recorded over 150 CDs, including his most recent solo LP Modicana (2017). From 1985 to 1994, he was a member of Anthony Braxton’s Quartet. The Mark Dresser 5 is Chris Speed (clarinet and tenor saxophone), Michael Dessen (trombone), Joshua White (piano), Mark Ferber (drums), and Mark Dresser (bass and composition).
An engaging and fiery performer whose music knows no boundaries, Canadian pianist Jeremy Ledbetter has made a career from traveling the far-flung corners of the globe in search of the most fascinating and unique musical ideas out there, then seamlessly integrating them into his work as a pianist, composer, and producer. Jeremy is the driving force behind Caribbean Latin Jazz powerhouse CaneFire and the longtime musical director and producer for calypso superstar David Rudder. Jeremy’s newest project, the Jeremy Ledbetter Trio, released its debut album Got a Light? in 2018. The Trio features Ledbetter’s unique sound at the piano alongside fellow Canadian jazz heavyweights Rich Brown and Larnell Lewis.