For one night only, New York based Black Art Jazz Collective honors Missoula with its dynamic flavors of jazz music and refined style.
BAJC debuted in 2013 at Jazz at Lincoln Center & celebrates African American icons through original compositions with all star and rising star musicians.
Formed by a cross-section of contemporary jazz’s leading voices, the Black Art Jazz Collective has a simple goal as political as it is salutary: create a platform for artists of the same generation to collaborate musically and promote the recognition of African- American cultural and political figures.
Comprised of Wayne Escoffery (tenor sax), Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), James Burton III (trombone), Xavier Davis (piano),Vicente Archer (bass), and Jonathan Blake (drums), the BAJC hearkens back to similar creative groups established at various points in jazz’s history, and is clearly designed to highlight the impressive instrumental and composition chops each member possesses, while underscoring the inherently collaborative methodologies of jazz. The track titles also reveal a deliberate reference to the deeply entwined history of jazz and the African-American civil rights movement.