Julian Gerstin Sextet

Julian Gerstin Sextet

Thu · October 11, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$10 in advance - $15 day of show

Tickets at the Door

The Julian Gerstin Sextet performs original jazz compositions by Julian, inspired by melodies and rhythms of the Caribbean and Balkans. Many of these compositions feature the tanbou bèlè drum of Martinique, a rarely heard instrument with a sound that sweeps between delicate and thunderous. Julian plays these songs with some of the area’s finest jazz musicians: Eugene Uman on piano, Anna Patton on clarinet, Don Anderson on trumpet or Jon Weeks on saxophone and flute, Wes Brown on bass and Ben James on drumset.

Julian Gerstin Sextet
Original jazz compositions by Julian, inspired by melodies and rhythms of the Caribbean and Balkans. Many of these compositions feature the tanbou bèlè drum of Martinique, a rarely heard instrument with a sound that sweeps between delicate and thunderous. I’m proud to play these songs with some of the area’s finest jazz musicians: Eugene Uman piano, Anna Patton clarinet, Don Anderson trumpet or Jon Weeks saxophones & flute, Wes Brown bass, Ben James drumset.

The Sextet released its first CD, “The One Who Makes You Happy,” in June 2017. Eleven songs range from Martinican bèlè in the bluesy “Dig It Deeper” to a fast Bulgarian kopanitsa in 11/8, “I Remember It Differently,” to the title ballad, a Bulgarian lesno (“slow song”). “Child Left Behind” is jazz built on a lively Cuban rumba guaguancó and is followed by “Apprendiendo Como Amar,” a folkloric guaguancó for which I wrote the lyrics, performed by myself and four of the SF Bay Area’s finest Cuban drummers and singers.
Venue Information:
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301
https://www.hawksandreed.com/