Sean Cruz Presents:
The Jim Pepper Remembrance Band, an all-star lineup of former collaborators of the legendary Native American innovator, takes the stage for two shows at the Blue Monk on Saturday, September 23.
Jim Pepper, whose Indian name was “Flying Eagle,” was a self-taught master of the saxophone who became one of the most important musicians and composers in the history of American music, creating a unique synthesis of Native American music with the language of modern jazz.
Working with Larry Coryell and the Free Spirits in the 1960s, he was among the first to develop jazz-rock fusion. A member of the Indian Hall of Fame and the Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame, and recipient of the Lifetime Music Achievement Award by the First Americans in the Arts, his music was always informed by his Creek/Kaw heritage.
The Remembrance Band:
Gordon Lee, piano, musical director
Caren Knight-Pepper, vocals, percussion
Glen Moore, bass
JB Butler, guitar
Renato Caranto, saxophone
Carlton Jackson, drums
Luciana Proańo, dance, performs “Custer Gets It” medley
This concert is the official planning kickoff for the first annual Jim Pepper Music Festival.