Oscar Noriega Trio
Tuesday, July 25, 7 p.m.
Montclair Public Library, on the plaza
50 South Fullerton Ave.
by GWEN OREL
Adventurous jazz doesn’t mean “crazy, seemingly random squawking,” says Chris Napierala, creative director of Montclair’s Seed Artists.
On Tuesday, July 25, the Oscar Noriega Trio will demonstrate Napierala’s point of view. Noriega on reeds (including clarinet, saxophone and alto sax), Trevor Dunn on bass, and Montclair’s Pheeroan akLaff on percussion are “really stratospheric musicians, who will be playing music that takes you on a journey,” Napierala said.
The concert is free, and takes place outdoors, on the plaza. Noriega has played with jazz legends Anthony Braxon and Dewey Redman, among others, while Dunn plays with experimental rock bands such as Mr. Bungle, as well as with modern jazz player John Zorn. akLaff, founder of Seed Artists, teaches at Wesleyan University, and has played with many noted jazz musicians, including Sam Rivers and Montclair’s Oliver Lake.
“Together, the three will create the unexpected,” Napierala says. “It’s exhilerating. I get goosebumps.” In particular, Napierala looks forward to seeing people who don’t know the music fall in love with it: “That’s the most exciting thing about the concerts. We often get not just diehards, but people really haven’t heard this music before. The best thing for me is seeing people walk away afterwards saying, ‘When’s the next thing? I haven’t heard anything like this before.’”