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Musical Storefronts: Darius Jones, saxophone & Matthew Shipp, piano

February 6 at 4, 5 & 6 pm

Darius Jones Bio

Matthew Shipp Bio


All compositions by Darius Jones and Matthew Shipp

Bleed, Ultima Thule, Zillo Valla, Multiverse, Mandrakk, Overvoid, Weeja Dell, Motherboxxx, Black Lightning, Nix Uotan, Jonesy, 4-D Vision, Geh-Jedollah, Celestial Fountain, 2,327,694,748, Granny Goodness, Gardens of Yivaroth, Lord of Woe, Life Equation, Sepulchre of Mandrakk, Divine Engine and Novu’s Final Gift.


January 21-April 28, 2021

Kaufman Music Center brought live music back to NYC’s Upper West Side with a pop-up concert series with 107 performances featuring 202 of our city’s finest performers, including chamber musicians, soloists, Broadway stars from Hamilton, Tootsie and Company, and artists from the Merkin Hall stage. More than 30K passers-by enjoyed the performances. Presented in partnership with the Alphadyne Foundation, Musical Storefronts provided work to artists severely impacted by the cancellation of live performances in a format that took into account all necessary health and safety measures for both artists and audiences.

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Matthew Shipp Bio

Matthew Shipp is one of the most creatively restless musicians in contemporary music. He is most immediately identified with the free end of jazz, and his notable peers have included bassist William Parker, saxophonist Ivo Perelman, and the late saxophonist David S. Ware. His playing is rooted in the blues and features complex harmonies, a sound that is simultaneously rich and unstable—chameleonic. His robust musical personality and the intelligence and organic logic of his playing make him easy to spot in any context, whether improvising or playing with contemporary classical musicians like Daniel Bernard Roumain, or with hip-hop heavyweights like Beans. Since the early 1990s, he has been steadily prolific, and so far this year has released the solo CD The Piano Equation on drummer Whit Dickey’s new Tao Forms label, and appears with Dickey (and trumpeter Nate Wooley), on the double-CD Morph on ESP-Disk.