Richard Howell & Sudden Changes, Free jazz concert
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | Free. Outdoors. Fresh. Aptly described by KQED as a jazz "Jedi master," tenor saxophonist Richard Howell is a Bay Area treasure who has come into his own as a bandleader after decades of producing and supporting other artists. His latest album, Burkina, was named one of the best recordings of 2016 by The Mercury News, and he performs with the same stellar cast, including Howell's 18-year-old son Ele Howell, a rapidly rising drummer based in New York, virtuosic pianist Frederick Harris, veteran bassist Heshima Mark Williams and scorching alto saxophonist Charles McNeal. Raised in Los Angeles, Howell made his Bay Area jazz debut in the early 1980s with a triumvirate of legends, joining trumpeter Don Cherry, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Billy Higgins at the Great American Music Hall. He spent years touring with R&B greats Etta James and Chaka Khan, and the music of Sudden Changes reflects all of these experiences. Part of YBG Festival's Weekend Sessions. For our full summer schedule, visit www.ybgfestival.org.