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Free Outdoor Concert at Montclair Public Library, July 25



Seed Artists and the Montclair Public library present a FREE outdoor concert of cutting-edge jazz and creative music from the Oscar Noriega Trio: three musical explorers taking jazz into the future. Led by Brooklyn-based Noriega (reeds), this all-star trio features alt-rock superbassist Trevor Dunn and Montclair’s own Pheeroan akLaff (drums).

Kid-friendly, like every Seed Artists event. Grab some chairs, bring the kids, and make the most of your summer nights.

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Named Downbeat’s 2017 Rising Star on Clarinet, multi-instrumentalist and composer Oscar Noriega has performed with jazz giants such as Lee Konitz, Anthony Braxton, Dewey Redman and Paul Motian. Beyond his own projects—including Trio Hornitos and Banda de los Muertos, in which he plays drums--Noriega is a member of the renowned avant-jazz groups Endangered Blood and Tim Berne’s Snakeoil.

Bassist Trevor Dunn rose to fame as a member of the experimental rock band Mr. Bungle, and his impressive list of credits includes Fantômas and Tomahawk, heavy- metal heroes The Melvins, and more than 20 recordings with John Zorn.

Seed Artists founder Pheeroan akLaff became a major figure in the 1970s jazz avant garde, and has played with masters from Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers and Andrew Hill to Pulitzer nominee Wadada Leo Smith and fellow Montclairians Oliver Lake and Andrew Cyrille. He has also led a Double Duo ensemble with saxophonists Ravi Coltrane and Mixashawn, and leads percussion workshops around the world, and is a longtime instructor at Wesleyan University.

When and Where

Tuesday, July 25th - 7pm

Montclair Public Library plaza

50 South Fullerton Avenue

Montclair, NJ  07042


About Seed Artists

This is Seed Artists' second free outdoor concert at the Montclair Public Library. Seed will also present Hear in Now, a dynamic avant-garde string trio, on September 8, in the library auditorium, and the New MUSE 4tet, an equally dynamic modern string quartet, on September 28. At the library, Seed also hosts the Let's Listen series, a monthly listening session led by jazz historian Peter Bodge, and children's programming ranging from Storybuilding Camp to the upcoming Pied Piper Art Parade, in which children will turn themselves into living works of art.

In 2017, Seed began a duo series at 73 See Gallery on Pine Street, and presented our second music-education program in the Montclair Public Schools. We also began a concert collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem--next up, Hear in Now on September 10--and are beginning preparations for a major music festival in Montclair in 2018.

Seed Artists is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Montclair, New Jersey. Its mission is to produce creative-music programming and related arts events that explore creative potential, promote intergenerational and cross-cultural exchange, build community, and foster participation in the arts, particularly among at-risk youth.

Founded in Brooklyn by renowned drummer, composer and educator Pheeroan akLaff in 2005, Seed used creative music to bridge gaps between generations and cultures, promote community involvement and expand musical education among schoolchildren. Seed produced musical performances in nursing homes, hospices and community gardens; mentored middle-school music students; mentored a high-school chorus and directed its performance at a retirement home; and sponsored a workshop at a women’s shelter in Brooklyn. It was a true grassroots, DIY project.

In 2010, Mr. akLaff and his wife, Seed co-founder Luz Marina Bueno, moved to Montclair. A chance meeting at a yard sale with current Program Director Chris Napierala and Board member Michael Schreiber led to plans to revitalize Seed. The 50th anniversary of the death of Eric Dolphy became a rallying point among like-minded community members, who reformed the Board. With the Dolphy celebration as its coming-out party, Seed began to plant new roots.

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