Matthew Shipp – Kevin Ray – Allen Lowe
On February 15, Allen Lowe, Matthew Shipp and Kevin Ray came to the studios of WTJU for an interview with Russell Perry, host of the Friday morning jazz history program “Jazz at 100”. Lowe, Shipp and Ray were in town for an amazing concert that evening sponsored by the Charlottesville Jazz Society & WTJU . The interview ranged from discussions about how musicians learn their art to what constitutes “Jazz” in the pluralistic music world of today.
Allen Lowe is an alto saxophonist, composer, historian and writer (including That Devlin Tune, A Jazz History, 1900 – 1950). Matthew Shipp, a major stylistic innovator on the piano, served a long tenure with the David S. Ware Quartet and continues to play with a Who’s Who of creative musicians. Kevin Ray is a first call New York bassist, most recently heard in Charlottesville with Frank Lacy and Andrew Drury in the trio “1032 K”. The concert also featured the drummer Gerald Cleaver.