U of L Jazz Fest @ Comstock Hall

Feb. 23-25

Comstock Concert Hall • 852-6907
$5-$7 (students), $10-$17 (general); 8 p.m.

The University of Louisville’s Jazz Fest combines top-notch teaching with evening concerts open to the public. The concert schedule is: Thursday, Fábio Calazans Sexteto (Brazilian jazz); Friday, bassist Eddie Gomez with Stefan Karlsson (piano) and Jason Tiemann (drums); Saturday, saxophonist Lou Donaldson with Akiko Tsuruga (organ), Randy Johnston (guitar) and Joseph Farnsworth (drums). Gomez rose to fame at age 21 with The Bill Evans Trio. He has played with flutist Jeremy Steig and with Chick Corea for decades, in addition to leading his own groups. His partnership with Karlsson is long lasting, and their playing should bring improvisational interplay of the highest order. Donaldson, at 85, is still blowing soulful and swinging hard bop, with a legacy of recordings for Blue Note going back decades. His compositions “Blues Walk” and “Midnight Creeper” have become much-loved jazz standards. —Martin Z. Kasdan Jr.

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