Pharoah Sanders Tickets
Born in 1940, Pharoah Sanders is a saxophonist and jazz mentor. He first plied his musical trade with the much-loved John Coltrane and went on to pioneer the sub-genre known as free jazz. He has influenced a vast array of jazz musicians and performers, including the likes of Robert Stewart, who has recorded with the legendary Quincy Jones. Sanders is also noted for his work in world fusion music as well as avant-garde, a style that is often associated with free jazz.
In order to create his extraordinary sounds, Sanders uses a number of techniques, many of which he is considered a master of. These include using harmonics to great effect, overblowing and generating multiple tones at the same time. Like his great mentor, Sanders is synonymous with the 'sheets of sound' approach, which includes playing lots and lots of notes extremely rapidly.
Pharoah Sanders' career
Sanders began his musical career playing clarinet in church but soon switched to his beloved tenor sax in high school, where his bandleader introduced him to jazz improvisation. He played a little R&B in his home town of Little Rock before moving to Oakland, California, to begin his professional career. He moved to New York in the early 1960s and gained his stage name from the famous bandleader Sun Ra. Sanders continued to play in Sun Ra's band for a few years and honed his skills as a tenor saxophonist.
In 1965, Sanders began to play with John Coltrane's band as well as Sun Ra's, and he gained more and more prominence. Coltrane and Sanders began adopting a style of playing associated with Albert Ayler, another saxophonist active at the time. This style came to be known as avant-garde jazz and was full of dissonances and long solos. Sanders recorded with Coltrane on Ascension in 1965 and they cut Meditations later in that year. The latter featured twin tenor saxophones working together to create often novel harmonic structures.
Sanders went on to produce his own recordings after these collaborations, such as Karma and Jewels of Thought, both made in 1969. There were many albums in the 1970s, which all developed Sanders' freer style. So-called free jazz albums of his at this time included Black Unity and Pharoah.
Sanders continued to perform and record in the â€™80s and â€™90s. Recently, he appeared at the Melbourne Jazz Festival in 2007 and the Big Chill Festival in 2008. In 2016, he received the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship and a tribute concert was organised in his honour.
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