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New York sax player visits Bacari.

Byline: FRED CRAFTS The Register-Guard

New York City tenor saxophonist Herb Harris will play originals and standards with a piano trio at 6 p.m. (dinner show) and 10 p.m. Saturday at Bacari, 1210 Willamette St. A $10 cover will be charged.

Busy on the New York City jazz scene, Harris has toured nationally with the Wynton Marsalis Septet and with pianist Marcus Roberts. He has recorded with both artists (`Deep in the Shed" with Roberts and "Tune in Tomorrow" with Marsalis).

Harris also was featured in the group of saxophonists dubbed the Tough Young Tenors on the album "Alone Together," which reached No. 5 on Billboard's jazz chart.

An avid composer, Harris cites as his composing influences Thelonious Monk, Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin; his sax influences are Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt and Charlie Parker.

The Eugene-based Paradox Jazz Octet will play compositions by Glenn Griffith from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday at Luna, 30 E. Broadway. A $5 cover will be charged.

Led by composer-arranger Griffith, the octet plays original music in the tradition of Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington and Art Blakey. Griffith likens the group's sound to a tradition developed in the 1945-65 era.

"For me that is bebop, ballads, blues, hard bop, straight-ahead, cool and the Blue Note sound, among others," he said. "Stylistically this band stops just short of the jazz rock and jazz fusion of the late '60s and '70s.

"I wanted music with strong melodies, a good swinging feel, an aggressive edge to the music, interesting chord progressions, colorful orchestrations," he said. "To me, these writers (Mingus, Ellington and Blakey) wrote music that was true to them, accessible by an audience and often paid homage or respect to the musical traditions that came before them. That is what I hope to achieve with this group."

The combo includes Tim Clarke, trumpet; Gary Lewis, sax and flute; Todd del Giudice, tenor sax; James Phillips, baritone sax; Greg Goebel, piano; Andrea Niemiec, bass; Jason Palmer, drums; and Griffith, trombone.


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Date:Jun 14, 2002
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