However you like your jazz, you’ll find something to savor this spring at Jazz at Caspe Terrace.From the cool sound of legendary alto saxophonist Lee Konitz to the new sound of the jazz clarinet with the Ben Goldberg Trio to the adventures and antics of Amsterdam’s ICP Orchesra.
They may be 55 years apart, but alto saxophonist Lee Konitz (age 87) and pianist Dan Tepfer (age 32) share a passion for jazz. Enjoy the conversation as the sonority of Tepfer’s dynamics intertwine with the dry resonance of Konitz’s alto. You’ll hear them explore songs from the American Song-book, jazz classics and originals. Audiences seem to intuitively understand that something unique is going on; they pay attention in the way that people do when they genuinely don’t know what’s going to happen next. Lee Konitz has enjoyed one of the most creative and prolific careers in modern jazz.
This trio has been perfecting their craft in the Bay Area for several years. You’ll hear snatches of bebop, klezmer and modern jazz blended together by a group, featuring clarinet, piano and drums, that allows the melody to cut through to the truth, always giving room for personal expression from three master improvisers. Goldberg’s musicality is inspiring, to audiences and to the musicians he has shared the stage with including The New Klezmer Trio, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Steven Bernstein, Charlie Hunter, Nels Cline and more. Ben is among of handful of jazz musicians who are slowly but surely reclaiming the clarinet’s place in jazz.
This Amsterdam-based group is a blend of European improvised music, jazz music and the Dutch irreverent attitude, in general, which all combine into a highly sophisticated yet enjoyable music that has astonished and impressed music lovers for several decades. Whether they are playing Thelonius Monk or Duke Ellington tunes, standards or originals, the ICP Orchestra is truly the “sound of surprise” in everything they do. Vibrant, impulsive and eclectic, the ensemble has evolved into an eccentric orchestra of virtuosos that operates between fundamental jazz structures and contemporary improvisation styles.
All Jazz at Caspe Terrace concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are followed with a meet-the-artist dessert reception hosted by the Waukee Area Arts Council. Tickets for the series are $90 when purchased in advance. Individual tickets are $35 (Konitz) and $30 (Goldberg and ICP Orchestra) in advance and $40 and $35 respectively the day of the show. Tickets can be ordered by contacting Abe Goldstien at 515-279-6452 or email@example.com.