The Athenaeum’s devoted jazz audience knows the score: there are two jazz series a year at the library in La Jolla, and two series a year at the larger Neurosciences Institute auditorium. Most loyal fans are devoted to both venues, because the quality of the programming is consistently outstanding. The library series, which began in 1989, takes place in the intimate setting of the Music Room. Once again in 2002, the four-part summer series presents San Diego debuts or rare local appearances by four superb jazz artists who deserve to be on every jazz-lover’s wish-list.
The series begins Thursday, June 27, with a local debut by the New York-based Tony Malaby Trio, featuring tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, bassist Michael Formanek, and drummer Tom Rainey.
A native of Tucson, Arizona, Malaby moved East in 1995 and rapidly developed a stellar reputation on New York’s lively “downtown” music scene, performing with artists such as Dave Douglas, Dave Liebman, Steve Wilson, and the Mingus Big Band. The New York Times singled out Malaby’s debut disc on Telarc, ‘Sabino,’ as one of the top 10 jazz albums of 2000. Jazz critics consistently point to Malaby’s trademark style of incorporating bop-based structure and harmony into a free avant-garde setting. With the formidable involvement of Formanek and Rainey, two highly recognized New York-based rhythm players, Malaby’s trio produces music ranging from subtle ballads to pyrotechnic flights of pure energy and ecstatic improvisation.
The remaining concerts schedule is as follows: Thursday, July 11: James Carney Trio; Friday, July 26: René Marie Quartet; Thursday, August 1: Gust Tsilis/John Hicks.
All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Jazz events at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, are nearly always standing-room-only, so early reservations are advised. Tickets: Series of four: $68 (Athenaeum members $60) Individual concerts: $19 (Athenaeum members $17). Information: (858) 454-5872